Humanities Fellowships

Please see below for selection of major external research fellowships with Fall 2021 deadlines open to humanities faculty. For additional information on humanities funding and support, check out the Humanities Research Development site.


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship

The program makes grants to fifty exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in larger world. Fellows receive a stipend of $78,000, an additional $5,000 to cover project expenses.

DEADLINE: September 9, 2021.

2021-22 Cornell Society for the Humanities Fellowship


Applicants must be working on topics related to the theme and their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal across humanistic disciplines. Junior and senior faculty are eligible. Applicants must have at least one year of teaching experience, which may include teaching as a graduate student. Fellowships are $56,000.

DEADLINE: September 20, 2021.

American Academy in Berlin Prize

Berlin Prizes have been awarded to historians, economists, filmmakers, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, musicologists, public-policy experts, former government officials, NGO leaders, and writers, among others. Academy fellows are established and emerging scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study. Emerging scholars should have a strong record of peer-reviewed work beyond the dissertation. Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they need not be working on German topics. Commitment is one semester in residence.

DEADLINE: September 27, 2021.

Getty Scholar Grants

SPECIAL THEME: Art and Migration (2022/23)

African American Art History (NEW for 2022/23).

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or individuals who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from work-related obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty. Getty Scholars may be in residence from three to nine months.

DEADLINE: October 1, 2021.

National Humanities Center Fellowship

Each year, the National Humanities Center welcomes up to forty scholars from across the humanities. During their time in residence, Fellows are given the freedom to work on their projects while benefiting from the exceptional services of the Center. Mid-career and senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply. In addition to all fields in the humanities, the Center also accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects.

DEADLINE: October 7, 2021.

American Academy in Rome Prize

Support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is awarded to about thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their careers. Winners of half- and full-term fellowships receive stipends of $16,000 and $28,000, respectively

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program (SIFP)

Offers opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff in the following humanities/humanistic social science fields: Anthropology, Folklife, History of science and technology, History of Art, Social and cultural history of the United States. Fellows receive $55,000 stipends per year and up to $4,000 in research allowances. Terms are 3 to 12 months.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021

School for Advanced Research Resident Scholar

Awarded annually to up to six scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply, and special fellowships will be awarded to Native Scholars working in the humanities or social sciences and underrepresented scholars in Latino Studies at the assistant level.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021

Newberry Library Fellowships

Provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. Fellows have access to the Newberry’s wide-ranging and rare archival materials as well as to a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. Long-term fellowships (4-9 months; $5K stipend per month) must be submitted by the November deadline. Short-term fellowships (1-2 months; $3K stipend per month) are due by December 15, 2021.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021

The Huntington Library

The Huntington is a collections-based research institute, which promotes humanities scholarship on the basis of its library holdings and art collections. The Library holds more than eleven million items that span the 11th to 21st centuries centered on fourteen intersection strengths. Short-term (5 months or less; $3,500 per month) and long-term (year-long; $50,000) fellowships and travel grants ($3,500) available.

DEADLINE: Nov 15, 2021


Guggenheim Fellowship

Guggenheim Fellowships are grants to selected individuals made for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them, and Fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work. Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation understands advanced professionals to be those who as writers, scholars, or scientists have a significant record of publication, or as artists, playwrights, filmmakers, photographers, composers, or the like, have a significant record of exhibition or performance of their work.

DEADLINE: September 17, 2021.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship

ELIGIBILITY: Untenured scholars who have earned the PhD in humanities or humanistic social sciences on or after September 30, 2013.

Six to twelve months devoted to full-time research and/or writing initiated between July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023, and completed by December 31, 2023. The following named awards are offered to selected applicants: ACLS Barrington Foundation Centennial Fellowships in Classical Studies, ACLS Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellowships in English and American Literature, ACLS Centennial Fellowships in the Dynamics of Place, ACLS Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fellowships in Chinese History, ACLS H. and T. King Fellowships in Ancient American Art and Culture, ACLS Oscar Handlin Fellowships in American History, ACLS Pauline Yu Fellowships in Chinese or Comparative Literature, ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowships in Music Studies, ACLS Yvette and William Kirby Centennial Fellowships in Chinese Studies. ACLS offers optional residencies through the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).

DEADLINE: September 29, 2021.

Howard Foundation Fellowship at Brown University

SPECIAL FIELDS: Photography and Film Studies. (See here for future fields)

The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation is an independent foundation administered at Brown University. It awards a limited number of fellowships each year for independent projects in selected fields, targeting its support specifically to early mid-career individuals, those who have achieved recognition for at least one major project.  Our support is particularly intended to augment paid sabbatical leaves. In the case of independent artists or scholars, or those without paid leaves, we would expect that a Howard Fellowship would enable them to devote a substantial block of time to the proposed project. A total of nine fellowships of $35,000 will be awarded in April 2022.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021.

Association for American University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships – Short Term Research Publication Grants

Supports women scholars who are preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews ($6K – $30K). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

DEADLINE: November 1, 2021

Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award

Supports tenure-track faculty who have passed their midpoint review. The award is structured to free the time of junior faculty who have passed their midpoint tenure review—including those from underrepresented groups and others committed to eradicating disparities in their fields—so that they can both engage in and build support systems, networks, and affinity groups that make their fields and campuses more inclusive. Eligible applicants must have passed their third-year review or their institution’s equivalent. Offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year.

DEADLINE: December 1, 2021

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