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Current RFPs

Click above to download a monthly grant opportunities calendar, compiled by Hanover Research, working in partnership with UMBC-CAHSS

Applications are due September 25, 2020.

The American Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogues in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For this year’s competition, the Academy will also award a Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow for a project that looks at diplomatic approaches to resolving major global issues, from armed conflicts to environmental challenges to the impact of new technologies.  Fellows are typically in residence for a full academic semester. The fall semester begins in mid-August and ends in mid-December; the spring semester is from late January through late May. Fellowships are occasionally awarded for an academic year.

Applications are due September 30, 2020.

NOTE: The 2020-21 competition will award fellowships to untenured scholars who have earned a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after October 1, 2012. ACLS also welcomes applications from scholars without faculty appointments and those off the tenure track.  Awards are portable and are tenable at the fellow’s home institution or at a research institution.  ACLS Fellows also have the opportunity (optional) to spend all or part of their term in residence at selected research centers and organizations affiliated with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), an international membership organization (UMBC is a member). Please click here for more about the CHCI opportunity.

Applications are being accepted on various dates in October 2020.

New submissions under various NIH mechanisms for supporting investigator-led research projects.

Applications are due by October 1, 2020.

The EHR Core Research program (ECR) invites proposals for fundamental research (basic research or use-inspired basic research) that advances knowledge in one or more of the three Research Tracks: Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development.

Applications are due October 1, 2020.

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars and researchers working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa. Getty Scholars may be in residence from three to nine months. Three-month residencies are from September to December, January to April, or April to June, and offer a $17,200 stipend. Six-month residencies are from September to April or January to June and offer a stipend of $42,000. Nine-month residencies are from September to June and offer a stipend of $65,000.

Applications are due by October 1, 2020.

The Wilson Center offers 9-month (September-May) residential fellowships for research and writing, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Wilson Center staff. The Center accepts fellowship proposals that address key policy challenges facing the United States and the world. Priority is given to proposals which align with the programmatic work of the Center and can result in work that reaches a broad audience. The Center supports projects that intersect with contemporary policy issues and provide the historical and/or cultural context for some of today’s significant public policy debates.  The Center offers a stipend of $90,000 for a nine-month fellowship.

Applications are due by October 1, 2020.

The Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant supports research into psychological and behavioral aspects of the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents as reflected in the activities and interests within pediatric psychology of the late Lizette Peterson-Homer and her commitment to improving the status of children in the face of the most significant threats to their health and development. This grant is open to students and faculty to support research related to the prevention of injuries in children and adolescents. Funding is available up to $5,000 and is sponsored jointly by the American Psychological Foundation and APA Div. 54.

Applications are due by October 1, 2020.

The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

Applications are due by October 5, 2020.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, the NDIAS is sponsoring residential research projects that will deepen our understanding of Resilience. This project brings together humanists, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and artists to consider how organisms, people, species, and social structures adapt or fail to adapt to novel challenges and the ethical implications of such adaptation.

Applications are due by October 7, 2020.

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches.

Applications are due by October 7, 2020.

Applications are due October 8, 2020.

The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships (Research Triangle of North Carolina) for advanced study in the humanities during academic year 2021-22 (September-May). Fall (September-December) and Spring (January-May) fellowships are also available. All applicants must have Ph.D. and a record of publication. The Center also welcomes applications for humanistic projects from individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life. Mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply, as well as emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work.  Stipends are individually determined, but the Center attempts to provide half salary up to $65,000. The Center mostly funds academic year fellowships, however, fall and spring fellowships are also available.

Applications are due October 8, 2020.

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, analysis, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world.  This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year 35 fellowships will be awarded.

Applications are due by October 12, 2020.

The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is soliciting applications for 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State funding. AmeriCorps program grants fund service activities that address a variety of critical needs in the community.

Applications are due by October 13, 2020.

The Fulbright program has announced a number of brand new awards in 4 world regions that will be available in the 2021-2022 season. These awards fall under the umbrella of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which offers two main types of grants. The U.S. Student Program for Study/Research allows recent graduates and early career professionals from the U.S. to undertake individually designed study/research projects that will take place during one academic year (9-12 months) in a country outside the U.S. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) place recent college graduates and young professionals from the U.S. in classrooms abroad for up to 1 year to provide assistance to the local English teachers.

In 2021-22, there will be over 2,150 different Fulbright grants on offer in over 140 countries.  Be sure to confirm the deadline for the program you choose to apply for on the Fulbright website.

Applications are due by October 15, 2020.

The Sociological Initiatives Foundation (SIF) is dedicated to the belief that research and action are intrinsically inseparable. We invite concept proposals for projects that link an explicit research design to a concrete social action strategy. Projects should also have specifically stated social change goals.  In the past SIF has funded projects in the areas of civic participation, community organizing, crime and law, education, health, housing, immigration, labor organizing, and language/literacy.  For this funding cycle, in recognition of our obligation to join the long overdue but growing consensus to end systemic racism in American societal institutions and organizations along with police brutalization of Black people, priority will be given to projects that explicitly promote racial justice and fairer and more equitable laws, policies and practices.

Applications are due by October 15, 2020.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so better health flourishes for all. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs, and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live.

Applications are due by October 31, 2020.

The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) for Tenured International Relations Scholars offers tenured academics from a variety of scholarly backgrounds practical experience in the foreign policy-making field through placement at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or with an international organization. The fellowship is geared toward professors who propose to work on peace and security issues and who have limited experience working at a U.S. government agency, in Congress, or at an international organization.

Applications are due by November 1, 2020.

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, invites around twenty-five scholars to be in residence for the full academic year and pursue their own research. The theme for residencies in 2021-22 will be “Political Mobilizations and Social Movements,” but applications outside the theme are also welcomed. An interdisciplinary dialogue will be fostered and applications are strongly encouraged from scholars across the social sciences, whether or not their research corresponds to the theme.

Applications are due November 1, 2020.

The Howard Foundation, an independent foundation administered by Brown University, awards a limited number of fellowships each year for projects in selected fields. A total of nine fellowships will be awarded for 2021-2022 in the fields of History and Creative Nonfiction. The fellowships are intended for scholars and artists in early mid-career, defined as having complete their formal studies within 5-15 years of the application date and having achieved recognition for at least one major project beyond degree requirements that would be sufficient for the awarding of tenure at a research institution. These non-residential fellowships offer a stipend of $35,000 and are intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves. Fellowship funds become available on July 1st of the year of the award and may be taken anytime within four years of that day.

Applications are due November 2, 2020.

Early Career Fellowships are intended for pre-tenure scholars in the humanities and the humanities-related social sciences who are preparing their PhD dissertations for publication, or who are embarking on new research projects. The fellowships support research and writing with a priority given to proposals based on the applicant’s research in China (research in Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Taiwan are also eligible). Diaspora studies (e.g., the history of Chinese in America) are not eligible.  Applicants must hold a PhD degree conferred no earlier than January 1, 2012. Those who have obtained tenure, or whose tenure review will be complete before May 31, 2021, are not eligible. The award offers a stipend of $50,000 for two consecutive semesters released from teaching. The fellowship period must begin between June 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. Stipends for shorter periods (minimum one semester) will be pro-rated.

Applications are due November 4, 2020.

The Russell Sage Foundation has launched a new Pipeline Grants Competition for early- and mid-career researchers in collaboration with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The competition seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Early and mid-career faculty who have not previously received support from RSF in the form of a Trustee or Presidential research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF are eligible to apply.

Applications are due November 9, 2020.

Fellows will attain and use leadership experience to improve health, health care, health policy, and health equity. The fellowship requires a full-time commitment with a minimum 12-month residence in Washington, D.C., which prepares individuals to influence the future of health and health care in the nation.

  • Russell Sage LOIs:
Applications are due November 11, 2020.

Applications are due November 16, 2020.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study will fund up to three 8-week residencies in June-July 2021 for researchers doing advanced work on gender and suffrage, voting rights, citizenship, or other related topics, as part of its Long 19th Amendment Project. Successful projects will draw in meaningful ways on Schlesinger Library collections. The stipend for each award is $15,000. Applications may be from clusters of 2-3 researchers as well as from individuals. Products that may result can include books and articles, course syllabi, datasets or interview transcripts, and podcasts or videos.

Applications are due November 16, 2020.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) announces its 2021–2022 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research competition for advanced graduate students. The Fellowship Program seeks proposals from advanced graduate students who are from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in higher education (e.g., African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders). This program provides mentoring and funding support to develop research skills and conduct studies in education related fields and topics.

Applications are due by December 6, 2020.

The Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies provides an opportunity for scholars to utilize digital methods, the Library’s large and varied digital collections and resources, curatorial expertise, and an emerging community of digital scholarship practitioners. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research is particularly welcome in the Kluge Digital Studies program. The fellowship is open to scholars from all disciplines with special consideration given to those whose projects demonstrate relevance to the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. The Digital Studies Fellowship supports a wide array of academic work that encompasses digital scholarship, digital humanities, data science, data analysis, data visualization, and digital publishing that utilize digital collections, tools, and methods. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with various digital departments in the Library of Congress while pursing and sharing their research.

Applications are due by December 15, 2020.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to accelerate the development of devices to treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). The continuing advances in technologies offer unprecedented opportunities to develop neuromodulatory or neurophysiological devices that are safe and effective SUD treatments. The objective is to move devices to their next step in the FDA approval process, with the ultimate goal of generating new, FDA approved device-based treatments for SUDs.



For Assistance with Proposals and Awards

Social science PIs obtain pre-award and post-grant management assistance from MIPAR, a grants administration unit housed within the Center for Social Science Scholarship. Learn how to get started with MIPAR here.

To set up an appointment, email

Go here to view CAHSS deadlines for proposal routing and submissions.

View internal funding opportunities for the social sciences at UMBC.

Arts and humanities faculty, please contact Rachel Brubaker in the Dresher Center for the Humanities for funding opportunities and assistance.

For faculty interested in submitting proposals to corporations or foundations, please consult Bruce Lyons in UMBC’s Office of Institutional Advancement.