Funding Opportunities for MSU Philosophy Graduate Students

Direct Access to Grant Databases:

Link to MSU Internal Fellowships:

Listing of Some Large Awards:

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Note: The Woodrow Wilson Foundation is currently upgrading its application system. The components of the application are outlined below, and you may begin preparing those at any time. The submission process and format of these components will be updated here. More details will be available soon; please check back at a later date.

An application is complete when these documents have been successfully submitted:

The online application form, which includes your personal and academic information in addition to the uploading in Word or PDF of your:





Additional information

Three letters of recommendation

Doctoral transcripts

Details regarding each of the components may be found below. The deadline for submission of the online application is 11:59:59 p.m. November 15, 2013.

Application Components

The online application requires:

Basic information about you and your academic career to this point.

An abstract which summarizes concisely your dissertation project. The abstract must demonstrate the centrality of ethical or religious values, as well as show the relevance and significance of ethical and religious values to your project. The abstract should be no more than 200 words in length, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font.

A proposal that describes how your project addresses religious or ethical values, what your objective is and how you will arrive at that objective, and why your work is or will be at the forefront of scholarship in your academic discipline. The proposal should be no longer than six double-spaced pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font, and no less than a one-inch margin. You may use standard footnote formatting where necessary, staying within the 6-page limit. Alternately, you may use the bibliography as your works cited, instead of using space in your proposal. If you choose this, please reference the work in the bibliography with in-text citations (author, year).

A bibliography that lists the major theoretical and critical works that bear on your dissertation. It should be no longer than two pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font, in standard bibliographic format (i.e., entries single-spaced, with a double-space between entries). It is important to include the works that most clearly demonstrate your preparation to carry out the work you propose. A single sentence with each entry that describes the source material or its relevance to your project is acceptable, keeping within the two-page limit.

A timetable that details the chapter outline, your progress to-date, and your schedule for the academic year of the tenure of the award, to demonstrate to the selection committee that you are truly in your FINAL year of dissertation writing. There is no definitive format for the timetable. It is up to you to determine how best to present your writing schedule. You may use paragraph/narrative form, or bullet points, or a combination of the two. You may summarize, annotate, or describe. The timetable should be no longer than one page, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font.

Additional information should contain relevant professional information that demonstrates your unique position to complete your project. You may include such information as relevant languages; publications; presentations; and classes taught or taken. This is also your opportunity to present the Selection Committee Members with a “snapshot” of yourself as a well-rounded and high-quality candidate. You may also include awards, honors, fellowships, community/volunteer service or a brief personal statement. The format of this information should be “resume” style and should be no longer than two pages, using the equivalent of Times New Roman 12 point font. This information will be considered ONLY under rigorous competition, where two candidates are being evaluated on equal terms based on the proposal, bibliography and timetable.

Three Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required as part of the application process: one from the person who will direct your dissertation and letters from two additional faculty recommenders. (A co-director may be listed as a faculty recommender.) The two faculty members may be from your own institution or department or a different institution or department.

Doctoral Institution Transcripts
You are required to submit an official transcript from your Ph.D.-granting institution. We advise that you request the transcript immediately. We are not responsible for late submissions due to institutional delay.Transcripts must be mailed to the Foundation (see address information below) in the sealed envelope that your university provides.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
P.O. Box 5281, CWN Department
Princeton, NJ 08543-5281

For UPS and FedEx use this address:
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
CWN Department
5 Vaughn Drive
Suite 300
Princeton, NJ 08540-6313

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

            The Online Fellowship Application (OFA) System will open in late July.

            Fellowship Details

  1. 1.Stipend: $25,000, plus funds for research costs of up to $3,000 and for university fees of up to $5,000

  2. 2.Tenure: one year beginning summer 2014

  3. 3.Completed applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( no later than 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, October 23, 2013.

  4. 4.Notifications will be sent in late March 2014.

  5. 5.ACLS invites applications for the eighth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2015. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program.

  6. 6.ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.

  7. 7.The total award of up to $33,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year.


  1. 8.The program is open to Ph.D. candidates in a humanities or social science department in the United States. (1)

  2. 9.Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (obtained ABD status) by the application deadline.

  3. 10.The program is restricted to graduate students who have progressed no further than the sixth year of the degree program.  (This includes time for a master’s degree obtained en route to the Ph.D.) (2)

  4. 11.Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

  5. 12.Unsuccessful applicants may reapply to this program only once.

            Application Requirements

  1. 13.Applications must be submitted online and must include:

  2. 14.Completed application form

  3. 15.Proposal (no more than five pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 11-point font

  4. 16.One-page timeline for the expected completion of dissertation writing and defense

  5. 17.Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other similar supporting non-text materials [optional]

  6. 18.Bibliography (no more than two pages)

  7. 19.Completed chapter of the dissertation (that is neither the introduction, nor the conclusion, nor the literature review) of not more than 25 double-spaced pages, in Times New Roman 11-point font, or a representative 25-page excerpt from a longer chapter. The chapter must be in English, though citations may be in other languages (with translations provided).

  8. 20.Two reference letters

  9. 21.A statement from the applicant’s institution (preferably from the applicant’s department chair or dean). The provided form asks the institutional representative to (1) attest to the viability of the proposed timeline for completion; (2) stipulate that, in the event of an award, the university will not charge the student tuition or fees beyond a limit of $5,000 and will provide for any additional costs, such as health insurance; and (3) pledge that if an ACLS award is made, the university will not provide the applicant with any subsequent aid. The person submitting the statement cannot be one of the reference letter writers.

  10. 22.Note that transcripts are not required.

        Criteria Used in Judging Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Applications

  1. 23.Scholars asked to review applications in this program are instructed to use the following four criteria:

  2. 24.The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.

  3. 25.The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.

  4. 26.The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.

  5. 27.The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant. 

  6. 28.In special circumstances an applicant and his or her advisor may petition to have seventh-year application considered. Such applicants must present a compelling case for eligibility. Back to text.

  7. 29.- See more at:

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program


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 $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, 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, up to 600 applications are anticipated and about 25 fellowships will be awarded.

The online application will be accessible in mid-Summer, please check back regularly.

Previous Fellowship Recipients

2013-2014 Cohort
2012-2013 Cohort
2011-2012 Cohort
2010-2011 Cohort

Fellowship Awards

Fellows will receive $25,000 for one academic year. 

Fellowships must begin during the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Fellows will be included in professional development retreats with members of the National Academy of Education and other senior scholars. 

Approximately twenty-five dissertation fellowships will be awarded in 2014.

Selection will be made by a committee of NAEd members and other senior scholars.

Qualifications and Guidelines

The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program is open to all eligible applicants regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Basic selection criteria are as follows:
Importance of the research question to education
Quality of the research approach and feasibility of the work plan
Applicant’s future potential as a researcher and interest in educational research

Applicants need not be citizens of the United States; however, they must be candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States.

Fellowships are not intended to finance data collection or the completion of doctoral coursework, but rather to support the final analysis of the research topic and the writing of the dissertation. For this reason, all applicants must document that they will have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by June 1, 2014 and must provide a clear and specific plan for completing the dissertation within a one or two-year time frame.

Applicants should have a demonstrated record of research experience in education.

Proposed project must be an education research project. NAEd/Spencer funds studies that examine the efficacy of curriculum and teaching methods, however, we do not fund the initial development of curriculum or instructional programs.

Applications will be judged on the applicant's past research record, career trajectory in education research, and the quality of the project described in the application.

Fellows may not accept employment other than as described in the application, nor may they accept other awards without prior approval (including awards from NAEd or Spencer) that would provide duplicate benefits.

Applications must be made by the individual applying for the fellowship; group applications will not be accepted.

To be notified when the fellows are announced, please join our mailing list.

To Apply and Important Information/Links

Before submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to read The Art of Writing Proposals. Applicants are also encouraged to seek feedback from respected colleagues prior to submission.

Application Components:

Online application form

Dissertation abstract

Project description and work plan

Graduate transcripts

Two reference letters

Personal statement

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants for Science and Technology Studies (including Philosophy of Science)


Solicitation  15-506

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR § 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date:  August 3, 2015

August 3, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date:  February 2, 2016

February 2, Annually Thereafter

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.


The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. It encompasses a broad spectrum of STS topics including interdisciplinary studies of ethics, equity, governance, and policy issues that are closely related to STEM disciplines, including medical science. 

The program’s review process is approximately six months. It includes appraisal of proposals by ad hoc reviewers selected for their expertise and by an advisory panel that meets twice a year. The deadlines for the submission of proposals are February 2nd for proposals to be funded as early as July, and August 3rd for proposals to be funded in or after January. There is one exception: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals will have only one deadline per year, August 3rd.

The Program encourages potential investigators with questions as to whether their proposal fits the goals of the program to contact one of the program officers.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Graduate Students . Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program

Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT)

Science, Technology, and Sustainability: Building a Research Agenda Workshop

Crosscutting Programs



Additional Funding Opportunities for the IOS Community

Additional Funding Opportunities for the MCB Community

FORD FOUNDATION DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching*

*Note: Open to U.S. citizens only

     For Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching


The 2015 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program competition is NOW CLOSED and no longer accepting applications.

The application deadline date for the 2015 dissertation fellowship was NOVEMBER 14, 2014 (5:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time). 


This year the program will award approximately 30 dissertation fellowships.  The dissertation fellowships provide one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. 

Dissertation fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.


Click on the links below to learn more about each aspect of the Dissertation Ford Foundation Fellowship



Dissertation Eligibility

Criteria for Selection

Eligible Fields of Study

Fellowship Institution

Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy

Stipends and Benefits


Evaluation and Selection of Fellows

Conditions of the Fellowship


Dissertation Eligibility

In addition to the other dissertation program level requirements, eligibility to apply for a dissertation fellowship is limited to:

All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,

Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),

Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level,

Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree candidates studying in an eligible research-based discipline in a dissertation-required program at a U.S. non-proprietary (not for profit) educational institution, and

Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.


Criteria for Selection

The following will be considered as positive factors in choosing successful candidates:

Evidence of superior academic achievement

Degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers

Capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds

Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level

Likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship

Membership in one or more of the following groups whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding:

Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo or other Indigenous People of Alaska)

Black/African Americans

Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos

Native American Indians

Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian)

Puerto Ricans

Applications will be evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars selected by the National Academies.  The panels will use academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria.  Review panels may also look at additional factors such as the likelihood that the applicant will fully utilize 9 to 12 months of support prior to receiving the Ph.D. or Sc.D. Review panels may also look at additional factors such as the suitability of the applicant's proposed institution and the likelihood that the applicant will fully utilize 9 to 12 months of support prior to receiving the Ph.D. or Sc.D.

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Eligible Fields of Study

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs that include the following major disciplines and related interdisciplinary fields: American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art and theater history, astronomy, chemistry, communications, computer science, earth sciences, economics, education, engineering, ethnomusicology, geography, history, international relations, language, life sciences, linguistics, literature, mathematics, performance study, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, urban planning, and women’s studies. Also eligible are interdisciplinary ethnic studies programs, such as African American studies and Native American studies, and other interdisciplinary programs, such as area studies, peace studies, and social justice. Research-based fields of education are eligible if the major field of study is listed above and is used to describe the Ph.D. or Sc.D. program of the applicant (e.g., sociology of education, anthropology and education).

The complete list of eligible fields of study supported at the dissertation level of the fellowship program is available here: Eligible Fields of Study List.

 Individuals enrolled in the following practice-oriented programs will not be supported: business, management, administration, occupational health, nursing, consumer science, library and information science, speech pathology, audiology, personnel, guidance, social work, social welfare, public health, physical education, physical therapy, kinesiology, rehabilitation science, educational administration and leadership, fine arts, filmmaking, and performing arts. In addition, awards will not be made for work leading to terminal master’s degrees, the Ed.D. degree, the degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) or Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.), or professional degrees in such areas as medicine, law, and public health, or for study in joint degree programs such as the M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D., and M.F.A./Ph.D. Interdisciplinary areas of study that have major content in ineligible fields listed above will not be included in the competition. 

Fellowship Institution

Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education offering a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the eligible fields of study.


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Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy

In order to compete, applicants must have successfully achieved doctoral degree candidacy as defined by this program: applicants must have completed all departmental and institutional requirements for their degree, except for writing and defense of the dissertation. These requirements include, for example, required course work, language requirements, admission to doctoral candidacy and approval of the dissertation proposal. Your application will be declared ineligible unless the official National Academies Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy form, signed by the adviser or other authorized official, is uploaded to the fellowship application before 5:00 P.M. EST on January 9, 2015.

Applicants should expect to complete the dissertation during the 2015-2016 academic year, but no later than fall 2016.

Stipend and Benefits

One-year stipend: $25,000

Expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows

Access to Ford Fellow Regional Liaisons, a network of former Ford Fellows who have volunteered to provide mentoring and support to current fellows.


The tenure of a dissertation fellowship will be no less than 9 months and no more than 12 months, with tenure beginning no earlier than June 1, 2015 and no later than September 1, 2015.

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 Evaluation and Selection of Fellows

Applications will be evaluated by panels of distinguished scholars selected by the National Academies. The panels will use academic records, essays, letters of recommendation, the proposed timetable and plan for completion of the doctoral degree, the application itself, and other appropriate materials as the basis for determining the extent to which candidates meet the eligibility requirements and the selection criteria.

Conditions of the Fellowship

Dissertation fellows are expected to be engaged in a full-time program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in an eligible field of study. Those who accept a dissertation fellowship must agree to the stipulations in the Terms of Appointment for Ford Foundation Fellows that accompanies the award letter. In addition, Ford Fellows must agree to participate in regular updates of the Directory of Ford Fellows, as well as periodic surveys designed to demonstrate the impact of this program.

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)/German Academic Exchange Service

You want to apply for a scholarship? Here you will find information and answers on questions regarding application requirements, planning and preparing your application and the following selection process.

A. Scholarship requirements

1. Is there an age limit for DAAD scholarships?
There is no fixed age limit. However, some scholarship programmes specify that only a certain amount of time should have elapsed since the last degree was taken. For details, please refer to the respective Call for Applications.

2. I have not completed my university degree at the time of application. Am I still eligible to apply for a scholarship?
Yes, in programmes for graduates you may apply at the earliest in the last year of your studies and you must satisfy all the academic requirements specified in the Call for Applications by the time the funded studies begin. You should submitted your degree certificate before funding begins.

3. I'm already in Germany. Am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, if you who have been resident in Germany for no longer than 15

months at the time of application, you are eligible to apply, if not stated


I am not currently living in my country of origin. Am I still eligible
to apply for a scholarship?
Please note that your country of permanent residence or the country in which you have lived in the year before your application is usually of relevance for the application procedure. We strongly recommend that you obtain information and advice and find out which scholarship programmes are open to you, and whether you have to apply from your country of residence or country of origin.
You can find out where your nearest contact person is in the scholarship database [ scholarship-database/] under the "Contact and advice" tab.

I am enrolled in a study programme at a German university with the aim of obtaining a qualification in Germany, or I am completing a doctoral degree at a German university. Can I apply for funding abroad?
Under certain circumstances persons with foreign citizenship can also be considered for funding programmes intended for German individuals. Please check the DAAD website for more detailed information on the eligibility criteria [ ein-stipendium/] (in German only).

Can I apply for a scholarship whatever subject I am studying?
The DAAD offers scholarship programmes throughout the world that are open to all subjects. There are also subject-specific programmes. In the scholarship database [ scholarship-database/] you can select the scholarships that are offered for your group of subjects.

What language skills do I need to apply for a scholarship?
The required language skills generally depend on study plans and subject: In the arts, social sciences and in law, at least a good knowledge of German is usually expected. For the natural sciences and engineering, and if English can be spoken at the host institute or if the study programme is taught in English, proof of good English language skills may also be accepted. Depending on country of origin and scholarship programme, however, certain language skills may be required. The "Application requirements" in the Call for Applications specifies what requirements these may be.
If you wish to learn more about German courses and language examination tests, please visit the DAAD website [https://www.daad-] (German only).

I am considering an online-degree / distance learning programme


in Germany. Am I eligible for a DAAD scholarship?

DAAD Scholarships are awarded to qualified candidates who wish to engage in full-time face-to-face study in Germany. Therefore, students planning to pursue blended learning or distance learning programmes cannot receive DAAD funding.

B. Preparing your application

The Call for Applications specifies that a "Description of my study plans" or a "Letter of motivation" has to be submitted. What exactly does this mean?
You will find notes on how to write a motivation letter on: "How do I write a letter of motivation? [/deutschland/stipendium/hinweise/en/27351- guidelines/]"

The Call for Applications calls for a comprehensive and precise "Description of my research project". What does this mean?
You will find notes on how to describe your research project on "How do I describe my research project? [/deutschland/stipendium/hinweise/en/27351-guidelines/]“

I would like to improve my German before I arrive in the country. Are there online language courses which I can take in my home country?
Yes, you can learn German online. Find out on the DAAD website Deutsch- [] (German only) about the different options that are available for learning German.
Special online German language courses are offered by the Goethe-Institut [], for example, or Deutsch-Uni Online [ do=index&lang=en] (for scholarship holders whose scholarships last longer than 6 months, the DAAD covers the costs of a DUO module.)

C. Planning your project

Do I have to have contacts in Germany when I apply?
Yes, if you are carrying out individual research in Germany or – in artistic subjects – wish to continue your education individually, you need an invitation from a German supervisor (see item 2).
If you are participating in a structured study or doctoral degree programme, you only need to provide information about your chosen programme (see "Application procedure" in the Call for Applications). If you already have a contact at your host university, it is also advisable to enclose appropriate proof (e.g. e-mail correspondence).

I need a supervisor for my individual project in Germany. Who can be my academic host?


Hosts can be university teachers or academic teaching staff who work at a state or state-recognised institution of higher education or a non-university research institute in Germany. If possible, the host should have a professorial qualification.

3. I have found a supervisor for my individual project. What documents do I need from him for the application?
Your academic supervisor must confirm that he/she is willing to help you carry out your research project or doctoral degree in a "Letter confirming academic supervision", which you must submit with your application. Ideally, the letter of confirmation (informal) from your supervisor

indicates that the description of your research project and schedule has been discussed,

confirms that a workplace is available for you, and specifies the language that is spoken at the host institute.

D. Application

1. How do I apply?
Application procedures may vary depending on scholarship programme. To find out where and how to apply, please read the "Application procedure" section of the Call for Applications.
Please contact us if you have any questions. You can find out where your nearest contact person is in the scholarship database [ scholarship-database/] under the "Contact and advice" tab.

2. In the Call for Applications it says I have to apply through the DAAD portal.

What does this mean?
You have to apply online. To do this, you have to register in the DAAD portal.
Select first the Call for Applications for your chosen scholarship programme and then the tab "Application portal" in the scholarship database [ scholarship-database/]. Please note that this tab is only visible in the period in which it is possible to apply for this scholarship programme or when the DAAD portal is open for applications.

I have a problem with my online application. What can I do?
If technical problems occur, send an e-mail to [].

Which documents do I have to upload to be able to submit an application to the DAAD portal?
Your application is only complete if you submit all the application


documents listed in the Call for Applications. With the exception of your references and work samples (e.g. DVD), all of these documents must be uploaded to the DAAD portal. In some cases, individual documents (e.g. university certificate) may be submitted at a later date if this is explicitly permitted in the programme's Call for Applications.

Do I receive confirmation that my application has been received?
Yes, as soon as you have submitted your application online, you will automatically receive confirmation that your application has been successfully submitted and an e-mail informing you that a message has been sent to you via the portal's messaging system. The message confirms that your application has been received.

I have sent my application to the DAAD portal. Is my application now binding?
No. For your online application to be binding, you have to print out the "Application summary" generated in the portal and send this summary together with the documents which did not have to be uploaded (such as references or work samples) to the application address. Please take note of the application deadline indicated in the Call for Applications. This applies both to the online application and to the dispatch of the "Application summary" by post (the postmark date is valid).

3. Several copies of the application have to be submitted. In what order should documents be submitted?
Each copy must contain an application summary of your online application and, if applicable, references. Please submit your documents in the order in which the documents are listed in the Call for Applications.

Example: 2 copies

In some subjects, work samples (e.g. on a DVD) are required. Only one

copy of work samples needs to be submitted to the application address. 4. Should the individual copies be stapled or bound together?

No, please do not staple or bind documents together, or submit documents in a file. This makes it more difficult for us prepare applications for the selection committee.

5. The Call for Applications states that I have to submit a reference from a university teacher. Who can write a reference for my



References in scientific subjects should be written by university professors who can provide information about the following:

How are your academic achievements?

What are your academic and personal qualities?

Is your project well planned, feasible and relevant?

What significance does the scholarship have for your academic and professional career?

Do I have to apply in German?
Unless otherwise stated in the Call for Applications, you can submit your application either in German or English. Please note that application documents that are not in German or English must be translated either into German or English. The translations do not have to be certified for the application procedure and you may do the translations yourself. In most scholarship programmes, translations have to be submitted again in certified form if a scholarship is awarded.

What language certificates do I need when I apply for a scholarship?
You can find out what language certificates you need when you apply for a scholarship in the "Application procedure" section of the Call for Applications.

My native language is English or German. Do I still have to provide proof of my knowledge of English or German?
No, in this case a language certificate is not required.

Do my certificates and transcripts (lists of grades) have to be certified for my application?
No, not initially. If your certificates and transcripts are not in German or English, you can translate the documents for your application yourself. The DAAD does not usually ask you to submit certified documents (if a positive decision is made) until after the selection has been made.

E. Selection

1. Who makes a decision about my application?
A pre-selection or assessment of submitted applications is usually made in your home country by a pre-selection committee. The pre-selection committee may be made up of local university teachers (with special consideration given to former DAAD scholarship holders and former holders of scholarships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), German university teachers and lectors appointed by the DAAD, lecturers from the


Goethe Institute, representatives of responsible ministries or partner organisations of the DAAD or the DAAD's regional office.

An independent committee made up of German university teachers is responsible for making the final decision. If necessary, experts in the respective subject are asked to submit written statements.

DAAD employees have no right to vote in the scholarship election

2. According to which criteria does the selection committee make its


Important selection criteria are description of proposal and reasoning

- for study or research stays and course of continuing education: a convincing and well-planned project (see “How should I introduce my research project? [/deutschland/stipendium/hinweise/en/27351- guidelines/]”)

- for structured study programmes or language and short courses: a well justified choice of course (see chapter G: “How do I write my letter of motivation? [/deutschland/stipendium/hinweise/en/27351-guidelines/]")

academic achievements

Additional documents that prove academic suitability or provide information about extracurricular activities will also be considered in the assessment.

F. Scholarship

1. How high is the monthly scholarship payment?
The scholarship payment depends on the applicant's academic qualifications. It is usually € 650 for students, € 750 for postgrads and around € 1,000 for doctoral candidates and postdocs. Payments for university teachers are usually € 2,000 for assistant teachers, assistant professors and lecturers, € 2,150 for professors (as of May 2014). You can find an overview of other possible benefits in each Call for Applications.

2. Who pays for outward and return travel expenses?
Unless travel expenses are covered by another source of funding, the DAAD pays a contribution towards the scholarship holder's travel expenses.

3. Can I bring my family with me?
If the funding period is less than six months, there are no provisions to unite families and therefore no family allowances can be paid. For scholarships with a funding period of over six months, please read the Call


for Applications to find out if this programme provides for family members. 4. Do I have to take out health insurance in Germany?

Scholarship holders and accompanying family members must be covered by health insurance throughout their stay in German from their first day in the country. Health insurance coverage in Germany is regulated differently depending on country of origin. You will be informed about the conditions of health insurance and the services provided by the DAAD when you receive the Scholarship Award Letter.

5. Am I allowed to take on a part-time job as a scholarship holder in Germany?

Scholarship holders wishing to work part-time during their scholarship, in other words pursue gainful employment, always require the approval of the DAAD. The host must also approve the part-time job. The DAAD is responsible for making sure that the part-time job does not endanger fulfilment of the scholarship purpose, as described in the introduction of the Call for Applications. Casual earnings which exceed the so-called "Income limit for part-time workers" (currently € 450 a month) are credited against the monthly scholarship payments.

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MITCHEM FELLOWSHIPS (Marquette University)*

*Note: Open to U.S. citizens only

In 2002, Marquette established the Arnold L. Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship Program, intended to increase the presence of underrepresented ethnic groups by supporting doctoral candidates in completing their final academic requirement, the dissertation.

The fellowship provides a student from other U.S. universities with one year of financial support, including a stipend, fringe benefits, and research and travel funds. The fellow will be in residence at Marquette for an academic year, during which recipient will teach one course in their area of specialization while completing their dissertation. Recipient will also participate in a formal mentoring program.

The fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Arnold L. Mitchem, who earned his Ph.D. from Marquette in 1981 and is an internationally recognized champion of educational opportunity. Mitchem founded Marquette's Educational Opportunity Program and served as its director from 1969-86. Previously he was president of the Council for Educational Opportunity in Washington, D.C.

Past recipients of the Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship


Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are well under way in their dissertation writing and who belong to a racial or cultural group historically underrepresented in the U.S. professoriate. African-American, Native-American and Hispanic-American candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


Marquette academic department in which you want to be based. Please indicate one of the following: Communication Studies, Counselor Education, Education, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Journalism and Mass Communication, Mathematics and Mathematics Education, Statistics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social and Cultural Sciences, or Theology.

The application cycle for the 2015/16 Fellowship has begun. We are currently receiving applications for the 2015/16 fellowship year.

Application materials for 2015-2016 include:

General Information

Application Instructions

Progress Toward Degree Form

Letter of Reference Cover Sheet

All applications for this position must be initiated through Marquette University’s electronic recruiting system found at:

For more information, please send an inquiry via our contact form 

John William Miller Fellowship Fund

 Candidates are welcome to send a letter of application with the manuscript of the essay to the Miller Fund care of Sue Galli or directly to the John William Miller Fellowship Fund, no later than January 15th of any given year.

Williams College, in conjunction with the John William Miller Fellowship Fund, announces essay prizes and research fellowships to advance the study of the philosophy of John William Miller.

Send any inquiries, as well as essays and applications to: Librarian, Williams College, Williamstown MA 01267. Applications can also be sent electronically courtesy of Sue Galli or directly to the John William Miller Fellowship Fund.

Research Fellowships

Candidates are welcome to send applications to the Miller Fund care of Sue Galli or directly to the John William Miller Fellowship Fund. Applications should be received by January 15 and at least 6 months prior to the academic year for which fellowship support is desired.

Weatherhead Fellowship (School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe)

The School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School’s activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists. SAR realizes its mission through an array of programs, including the Indian Arts Research Center; fellowships for scholars-in-residence; week-long gatherings of scholars in advanced seminars; the annual J. I. Staley Prize for excellence in anthropological writing; residential fellowships for Native American artists; and SAR Press, which publishes scholarly books arising from SAR’s programs as well as general-interest books on the Southwest and Native American arts.

Two fellowships are available for either Ph.D. candidates or scholars with doctorates whose work is either humanistic or social scientific in nature. Fellows receive a $40,000 stipend ($30,000 for Ph.D. candidates) and housing and office space on the SAR campus.

2015 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study*

*Note: Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only


Synopsis of Program:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for submission of applications is May 26, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 55 new fellowships in the Fall of 2015. The Fellowship Program provides up to $44,000 per year of support per fellowship. Master's level students may receive a maximum of two years of support ($88,000). Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years ($132,000), usable over a period of five years.

This solicitation provides the opportunity for the submission of applications for projects that may involve human subjects research.  Human subjects research supported by the EPA is governed by EPA Regulation 40 CFR Part 26 (Protection of Human Subjects).  This includes the Common Rule at subpart A and prohibitions and additional protections for pregnant women and fetuses, nursing women, and children at subparts B, C, and D.  Research meeting the regulatory definition of intentional exposure research found in subpart B is prohibited by that subpart in pregnant women, nursing women, and children.  Research meeting the regulatory definition of observational research found in subparts C and D is subject to the additional protections found in those subparts for pregnant women and fetuses (subpart C) and children (subpart D).  All applications must include a Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS, as described in Section IV.B. Item 7 of this solicitation), and if the project involves human subjects research, it will be subject to an additional level of review prior to funding decisions being made as described in Sections V.C and V.D of this solicitation.Additional information can be found in Section I.A of the full announcement.

Guidance and training for investigators conducting EPA-funded research involving human subjects may be obtained here:

Basic Information about Human Subjects Research

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations

Award Information:

Anticipated Type of Award: Fellowship

Estimated Number of Awards: Approximately 55 awards.

Anticipated Funding Amount: Approximately $7.2 million total for all awards

Potential Funding per Fellowship: $44,000 per year per fellowship.  Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years for a total of up to $88,000. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years for a total of up to $132,000, usable over a period of five years. Cost sharing is not required.  

If recommended to receive a fellowship, you should be contacted no later than August 1, 2015 and should subsequently receive your official notification of award by Fall 2015, for the fall term. Please note that this schedule may be changed without notification due to factors that were not anticipated at the time of announcement. The earliest anticipated start date for these awards is September 1, 2015.

Eligibility Information:

Students must attend a fully accredited U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their graduate studies. Students must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must have their green card at the time of application to be eligible. Do not provide the green card number with your application; however, you may be asked to provide it at a later time to verify eligibility with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security.

Application Materials:

To apply under this solicitation, use the application package available at (for further submission information see Section IV.E. “Submission Instructions and Other Submission Requirements”).  The necessary forms for submitting a STAR application will be found on the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) web site, Forms and Standard Instructions Download Page . If you are not currently registered with, you need to allow approximately one week to complete the registration process. See Section IV for further information on application submission procedures.

If you do not have the technical capability to utilize the application submission process for this solicitation, see Section IV.A below for additional guidance and instructions.

The following application materials must be submitted:

Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form (SF) 424

EPA Key Contacts Form (5700-54)

Front Page

Personal Statement

Proposal Description

Background Information:

Education & Relevant Experiences

Publications & Presentations

Course Work

EPA Human Subjects Research Statement (HSRS)

Letters of Recommendation (sent by reference letter writers)

Applications must identify a single topic and corresponding Funding Opportunity Number (FON), as described in Section I.D. that is appropriately related to the proposed area of inquiry. If your application seems to fit under more than one topic/FON, you still must choose a single topic/FON for purposes of submission. Your application can be submitted to one, and only one, FON.  In instances where more than one application is submitted, EPA will contact the applicant to determine which application(s) will be withdrawn.

Agency Contacts:

Further information, if needed, may be obtained from the EPA/NCER resources listed below. To obtain information most quickly, consult the Fellowship Handbook. If your question is not covered, then send a query to You will receive a personal response through a return email. Information regarding this RFA obtained from sources other than those indicated below may not be accurate. 

Technical Contact (Program questions, topics, etc.) email: with FON and ‘Attn: Technical Contact’ in the subject line.

Electronic Submissions Contact: (, recommendation letters, etc.) email: with FON and ‘Attn: Submission Contact’ in the subject line.

Eligibility Contact email: with FON and ‘Attn: Eligibility Contact’ in the subject line.

The Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951.   The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor von Karman’s high standards.


Applications are available at  If you wish to receive an application in the mail, submit your request via the website. 

Complete applications, including official transcripts of applicant’s graduate and undergraduate studies at institutions in the United States and Canada and two letters of recommendation, must be received by the fellowship committee IN ONE PACKAGE postmarked no later than midnight, January 31, 2015.   Late applications will not be considered.

Announcement of 2015-2016 award recipients will be made approximately April 15, 2015.

Approximately eight (8) fellowships, $22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters or the equivalent where the quarterly system prevails), paid through the fellowship office of the university in which the recipient is enrolled for study in the United States.  Study must be carried out only in the United States and all funds must be expended only within this country. 

The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed.

DeKarman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States.  Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation in or about June 2016 and undergraduates entering their senior year (will receive bachelors degree in June 2016) are eligible for consideration.  Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration.  Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities.

Potential applicants should note that the competition for DeKarman fellowships is extreme.  For the 2014-2015 cycle, the committee reviewed 445 applications and awarded nine (9) fellowships.  To be competitive, graduate applicants should have outstanding letters of recommendation, significant publications, and have completed several chapters of the dissertation at the time of application.  Undergraduate applicants should have exceptional recommendations and grades plus a compelling record of original research or scholarship.  Although the competition is open to students from any US university or college, the vast majority of awards go to students at top-tier schools. 

Additional Information of Interest to Applicants:

1.Students who are not citizens of the United States may apply for a Josephine de Karman Fellowship if they are already enrolled in a university located in the United States and if they will be in the United States by the July preceding the fall semester of the academic year for which they have enrolled.

2.The fellowships will be paid directly through the fellowship office of the university in which the successful candidate is enrolled for study in the United States.  One half will be paid in September and one half the following February.  NO UNIVERSITY OVERHEAD MAY BE APPLIED TO THE FELLOWSHIP AWARD.  UNIVERSITY FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS VIEWED AS SEPARATE FROM DE KARMAN FELLOWSHIP SUPPORT.  THE FELLOWSHIP IS FOR MERIT, BASED ON A NATIONAL COMPETITION.  THEREFORE, ONGOING UNIVERSITY SUPPORT COMMITMENTS ARE MAINTAINED WHILE A DE KARMAN FELLOWSHIP IS HELD. 

3.The names, universities, and departments (and dissertation titles of PhD candidates) of Josephine de Karman Fellowship awardees may be published on the website.

4.By the end of December following completion of their fellowship year, awardees are required to submit a one to two page report on their achievements as a result of having held a Josephine de Karman Fellowship.  This will normally be in the form of a letter to the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Committee, P.O. Box 3389, San Dimas, CA  91773.  Graduate student awardees are asked to include with this letter a current abstract of their dissertation.

Contact Information:Judy McClain, Fellowship Secretary

Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust

P.O. Box 3389

San Dimas, CA  91773


Website:; Email:

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program

The JR Program for International Peace awards Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities who are researching and writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome.

Proposals should be consistent with the Institute's mission and present a research agenda with clear relevance to policy issues. Historical topics are appropriate if they promise to shed light on contemporary issues. Area studies projects and single case studies will be competitive if they focus on conflict and its resolution, apply to other regions and cases, or both.

Peace Scholar awards may not be made for projects that constitute policymaking for a government agency or private organization, focus to any substantial degree on conflicts within U.S. domestic society, or adopt a partisan, advocacy, or activist stance.

1. Eligible Candidates

Citizens of any country may apply. Applicants must be enrolled in recognized doctoral programs (for example, Ph.D., S.J.D., Ed.D., Th.D.) in accredited universities in the United States. Successful candidates must have completed all course work and examinations towards their doctoral degrees by the time their fellowships begin.

2. Selection Process

Peace Scholar applications are vetted through a rigorous, multi-stage review that includes consideration by independent experts and professional staff at the Institute. The final authority for decisions about Peace Scholar awards rests with the Institute's Board of Directors.

3. Selection Criteria

Selection of fellowship candidates is based on the following criteria:

Project Significance. Does the project address an important topic of relevance to the USIP mandate and the field of international peacebuilding and conflict management and analysis?


 Policy and/or practitioner relevance. Does the project demonstrate links to policy and practice in the fields of conflict management, conflict analysis and peacebuilding?

 Project Design. Is the project soundly conceived? Does it identify a key problem to be analyzed and does it have a clear methodology?

 Potential as a Peace Scholar. What is the applicant’s record of achievement and/or leadership potential? What is the applicant’s capacity to benefit from and make professional use of the fellowship experience in subsequent years?
4. Terms of Award
Peace Scholar Awards are currently set at $20,000 for 10 months and are paid directly to the individual. Peace Scholar awards may not be deferred. They generally may not be combined with any other major award or fellowship except in special circumstances and with the written approval of the Institute.
Peace Scholars carry out their fellowship work at their universities or other sites appropriate to their research. They are expected to devote full attention to their work and provide periodic reports to the Institute. Peace Scholars may be invited to give a presentation at the Institute and to participate in Institute workshops, conferences, and other activities.
5. Components of a Successful Proposal
There is no single formula for preparing a sound proposal. However, many successful applications for USIP Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowships have certain elements in common. These elements are outlined in the document attached below.

• Read "Components of a Successful Proposal" (.pdf) 6. Letters of Reference

Please provide the contact information (address, email and telephone) of your three referees. This information will permit the system to generate emails to referees and space for them to upload their letters either after you have clicked on the "NOTIFY" button after entering their contact information, as well as after you have submitted your application, at which point the system will generate the emails automatically. One should be your primary advisor; one of the remaining two referees should be a professor at your university.

Referees should not be related to you and should have direct and recent knowledge of your qualifications, activities, and character. Please do not submit more than three names altogether.

You must notify your referees ahead of time that you will be listing them as references. Send each referee one copy of your application and the Instructions for Referees, which they can refer to while writing your letters. It is possible that these emails will go to spam filters. After clicking on Notify or submitting your application, please check that your referees received the emails, and, if they haven't, ask them to check their spam filters. If the referees are not able to submit electronically, they must email their letters as PDF attachments with the applicant's name in the subject line to Dr. Elizabeth Cole, the Senior Program Officer for the Jennings Randolph


Fellowship Program, at:

PLEASE NOTE that you are responsible for making sure that your reference letters are submitted and posted by the deadline for letters (one week after the application deadline! You can check on your letters while you are working on your application as well as after you have submitted it by signing into Webgrants and looking at the References section of your application. It is a good idea to let your referees know that the letters posted successfully, too. Please do not write to USIP Fellowship staff to ask about your letters or to ask staff to contact your referees on your behalf.

No hard copies of reference letters, please.
If you have additional questions or would like further information about the fellowship program,

please contact the JR Program at:

The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies


  2. The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous Fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, militarism and the education of American women, and the relationship between family commitments and women’s work mobility.

  3. The WW Women’s Studies Fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Since the first Women’s Studies Fellows were named in 1974, nearly 500 emerging scholars have been funded, many now prominent in their fields. They are college presidents, distinguished faculty members, artists and novelists, and (in some cases) leaders in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. They include a Pulitzer Prize winner, two MacArthur Fellows, seven Guggenheim Fellows, a number of Fulbright Fellows, and many others who have achieved significant distinctions. Notably, a number of the Fellows volunteer their time as reviewers to help select new Women’s Studies Fellows and enthusiastically support the next generation of scholars exploring women’s issues and matters of gender.


  5. The Women’s Studies Fellowships are provided to Ph.D. candidates at institutions in the United States who will complete their dissertations during the fellowship year. The most competitive applications include not only a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work, but also evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women.

  6. The Women’s Studies competition is for projects in the humanities and social sciences; projects in fields such as management, the clinical and biological sciences, and law are not eligible unless they have a demonstrable academic grounding in the humanities and social sciences. Applicants working on health-related issues in the social sciences should consider carefully whether their work demonstrably centers on the topic’s social, cultural, and individual aspects.

  7. In 2015, ten Fellows will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies. Successful candidates will be notified by February 28, 2015, and the public announcement of new Fellows will be by May 1, 2015..

Smaller Awards:

Kristeller-Popkin Travel Fellowships

Sponsored by the Journal of the History of Philosophy, these fellowships are in recognition of the scholarship and generous support that two of the founding members of the JHP Board of Directors have given to the journal: Paul Oskar Kristeller (renowned Renaissance scholar) and Richard Popkin (first editor of JHP and noted historian of skepticism).

Two awards of up to $4000 (depending upon the project budget) are offered annually to young scholars in the history of philosophy to defray expenses while travelling to do research. Applicants must have received their Ph.Ds but may not have received them more than six years prior to applying. Applicants who do not receive awards in one year's competition are invited to apply in successive years.

Application forms may be downloaded here.

Annual application deadline: December 1.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Stipends*

*Note: All U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.
Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

NEH encourages submission of Summer Stipends applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Summer Stipends may not be used for

 projects that seek to promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;

 projects that advocate a particular program of social action;

 specific policy studies;

 research for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a degree program;

 the preparation or revision of textbooks;

 curriculum development;

 the development of pedagogical tools (including teaching methods or theories);

 educational or technical impact assessments;

 empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;

 inventories of collections;

 the writing of guide books, how-to books, or self-help books;

 the writing of autobiographies, memoirs, or works of creative nonfiction; or

 works in the creative or performing arts (for example, painting, fiction or poetry, or dance performance).

Bridging Cultures

The Summer Stipends program welcomes projects that respond to NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International projects might seek to enlarge Americans’ understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American projects might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These projects might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. In connection with a focus on civic discourse, projects might explore the role of women in America’s civic life as well as the civic role of women in other cultures and regions of the world.

Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War

NEH welcomes proposals for projects that focus on the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service. Humanities disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, and the study of religion can deepen our understanding of war and military service both historically and in our own time. The study of the humanities can also lend perspective to veterans’ understanding of their military service and can facilitate veterans’ return to civilian life. All projects supported by NEH must be informed by scholarship and insights from the humanities.

More information about this special encouragement is available here.

All applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the program’s evaluation criteria, whether or not they respond to the Bridging Cultures or the Standing Together initiative.

Providing access to grant products

As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, NEH endeavors to make the products of its awards available to the broadest possible audience. Our goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH grant products. For the Summer Stipends program, such products may include digital resources, websites, and the like. For projects that lead to the development of websites, all other considerations being equal, NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public. Detailed guidance on access and dissemination matters can be found in Section IV, Final product and dissemination, below.

II. Award Information

Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact the Summer Stipends staff at

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics


2015 Essay Topic:

Articulate with clarity an ethical issue that you have  encountered and analyze what it has taught you about ethics and yourself.

Submissions have closed. Please check in for the 2016 Contest!