Spring 2020 Grants Newsletter: Arts and Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities
Tier I: Planning, Basic Research, or Adaptation
Deadline: April 10, 2020
Website: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Research%20and%20Development%202020%20notice%20of%20funding%20opportunity%2020200515-PR.pdf

The purpose of this program is to support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation’s cultural heritage—from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence—and to develop advanced modes of organizing, searching, discovering, and using such materials.Tier I grants provide support for up to two years, and $75,000, with projects strating March 1, 2021.  There is a pre-application webinar scheduled for April 1, 2020 1pm-2pm CT.

Research and Development Projects are encouraged in one or more of the following areas of special interest:

-Preserving our audiovisual and digital heritage. Research and Development
supports ongoing work to address the needs of collection formats most at risk of
obsolescence. Projects may consider addressing issues such as format degradation,
preservation work at scale, algorithmic and machine learning methodologies, storage, data appraisal, and curation.
-Conserving our material past. Research and Development supports the scientific
work to improve the conservation treatment and preventive care of cultural heritage.
-Protecting our cultural heritage. Research and Development supports the
development of tools, methods, technologies, or workflows for documenting, sharing, visualizing, and presenting lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.
-Reaching under-represented communities. Research and Development supports
work in making preservation and access activities more accessible, sustainable, and
manageable for institutions with limited capacities and access to humanities collections, including persons with disabilities. NEH especially encourages projects that address and/or include as lead applicants and project partners institutions representing minority and indigenous communities.

Wenner-Gren Foundtion* 
Post-PhD Research Grants
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Website: http://www.wennergren.org/programs/post-phd-research-grants

The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

The maximum amount of the Post-Ph.D. Research Grant is US $20,000.

Required application materials:

  • General information about yourself and your project
  • An abstract of your proposed research. If your application is successful, this abstract will appear on the Foundation’s website. Please make sure your abstract is written in a style that is clearly understandable to a non-specialist.
  • Answers to five project description questions. Carefully prepare your responses, which should directly address the issues these questions raise.  The best applications make full use of the space provided.
  • A resubmission statement if the current application is a resubmission of a previously declined application.
  • A detailed budget
  • A bibliography relevant to your proposed project
  • A curriculum vitae for the applicant

Association for the Sociology of Religion
Joseph H. Fichter Research Grant Competition
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Website: http://www.sociologyofreligion.com/lectures-papers/fichter-research-grant-competition/

Fichter Research Grants are awarded annually by ASR to members of the Association involved in promising sociological research on women in religion or on the intersection between religion and gender or religion and sexualities.  A total of $12,000 is available to be awarded annually, and this amount is usually distributed among several of the leading applications in the year’s competition. Applicants must be members of ASR.  Grant funds can be used to pay for direct research expenses, such as (1) transportation expenses to conduct research; (2) the cost of hiring a research assistant or transcriber; (3) computer software packages that are not typically provided by a college or university (e.g., specialized statistical software packages).

Application procedures:

-Craft proposal of no more than 5 double-spaced pages (1250 words) that outlines the rational and plan of research.  It should have a descriptive title for the research project (e.g., “A Examination of Women’s Leadership Role in Two Catholic Parishes”), present a clear research question, review previous research and theory that forms the background for the study, describe the social scientific research method(s) that will be used to carry out the research as well as a research timetable, and summarize succinctly what the research aims to discover.

-A detailed, one-page budget.  It should indicate the items for which the applicant is seeking funding, and next to each item, the amount it will cost (in U.S. dollars) and the exact purposes for which it will be used. An itemized budget is necessary to enable the Fichter Committee to determine if the budget is reasonable and for decisions concerning partial funding.  Applicants are advised to NOT include items in their proposed budget that ASR does not cover (see above). IMPORTANT NOTE: A single proposal should prepare a budget that includes no more than $5,000.

-An updated curriculum vitae, including a statement of his/her qualifications to carry out the proposed research, and a current email address at which he/she can be contacted during the summer months.

World Resource Institute-Ross Center
WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities
Deadline: May 7, 2020
Website: https://prizeforcities.org/#about
Prize: Cash prize of $250,000, four runners-up: $25,000, travel to NYC for awards ceremony.


All types of organizations/entities and individuals from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are eligible to participate. Submissions may be for initiatives and projects anywhere in the world commenced after January 1, 2000.

Please consult the Terms and Conditions before you apply.

An initiative or project is a specific activity or programmatically linked set of activities in the city. Programmatic linkages may be by design, for example being part of a common, documented strategy; by virtue of common financial support, common oversight, or shared implementation teams; or by documented commitment to shared goals. A Project could refer to a number of types of activities that fit into a range of categories, including social, technological, and/or institutional innovation, training or awareness raising activities, policy or regulatory reform, and infrastructure creation or modification.

American Journalism Historians Association
Joseph McKerns Research Grant
Deadline: June 1, 2020
Website: https://ajha.wildapricot.org/mckerns

Award is for $1,250 and can be used for travel or research related expenses, but not salary.


All current AJHA (American Journalism Historians Association) full members with a minimum of three years’ membership at the time of application are eligible.

The research must be related to mass media history.
Awardees are expected to continue their membership through the grant period.
Members may apply for a McKerns Research Grant once every five years.

Application Procedures:

-Complete application form included with the Call For Proposals.
-1 to 3-page prospectus/overview of the project, including a budget (which should include a listing of amount and sources of other support, if appropriate), timelines, and expected outlets for the research.
-If appropriate, include Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from the applicant’s university.
-A shortened curriculum vita (no more than 3 pages).
-Submit documents by email as a pdf.

National Endowment for the Humanities
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG)
Deadline: June 30, 2020 (optional draft due May 19, 2020).
Website: https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants

Three Levels of Award:
Level I: $50,000
Level II: $100,000
Level III: $325,000 in outright funds, $50,000 in matching funds.

Awards to go to organizations to produce articles, digital material and publication, workshop, report, teaching resources, digital infrastructure, software (3 year grant).  In support of its efforts to advance digital infrastructures and initiatives in libraries and archives, and subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) anticipates providing funding through this program. These funds may support some DHAG projects that further the IMLS mission to advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations. IMLS funding will encourage innovative collaborations between library and archives professionals, humanities professionals, and relevant public communities that advance preservation of, access to, and public engagement with digital collections and services to empower community learning, foster civic cohesion, and strengthen knowledge networks. This could include collaborations with community-based archives, community-driven efforts, and institutions or initiatives representing the traditionally underserved. Interested applicants should also refer to the current IMLS Strategic Plan for additional context.

Website has examples of narratives and checklists for application materials.

Applications should be submitted through Grants.gov.

Women’s Studio Workshop
Studio Workspace Residency
Deadline: June 30, 2020
Website: https://wsworkshop.org/residencies/studio-residency-grant/

The Studio Grant is a six- to eight-week residency for artists to create new work in any of our studio disciplines: intaglio, letterpress, papermaking, screenprinting, photography, or ceramics. WSW invites applications from artists at any stage in their careers.

This grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $500 for materials used during the residency, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can also provide technical advice and production assistance.
Application Process:
This residency has a two-step jury process: a rotating, impartial jury selects the finalists and then WSW applies for NEA funding for the chosen projects.
-Notification date: October 30
-Residency length: 6-8 weeks
-Residency occurs: 1-2 years after application, September through June
Application must include:

-A current resume

-A brief description of your proposed project, including the studio(s) you’d like to use. 300 word maximum.

-Up to ten images of recent work (digital specifications here)

-An image script, which should include title, medium, dimension, and date of each image

Light Work
Artist-in-Residence Program
Deadline: July 1, 2020
Link: https://www.lightwork.org/air/apply/

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist commission for Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000 stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

Participants in the residency program are expected to use their month to pursue their own projects: photographing in the area, scanning or printing for a specific project or book, and so on. Artists are not obligated to lecture at our facility, though we hope that the artists are friendly and accessible to local artists and students. Work by each Artist-in-Residence becomes a part of the Light Work Collection and is published in a special edition of Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual along with an essay commissioned by Light Work.


Our international residency program is open to all artists working in photography or image-based media, from any country.

Application Procedures:

Applications must be submitted by the posted deadline. Applicants will receive an e-mail from SlideRoom confirming that we have received an application. While submissions are open throughout the year, our main selection committee review concludes in the late fall and notifications will be sent no later than December of each year. Please be patient in this process. We will contact you should we need more information, and to notify you of your application status when the time comes.

John Templeton Foundation*
Science and the Big Questions
Deadline: August 14, 2020
Link: https://www.templeton.org/funding-areas/science-big-questions

Funds work in the strategic areas of natural sciences, human sciences, philosophy & theology, and public engagement.  The work this foundation funds falls into one or more of the following themes:

-fundamental structures and laws of nature
-the nature of the divine
-the nature and potential of the human mind
-religion and spirituality in human experience
-life, love, and virtue

Grant duration is typically up to three years.

Interested applicants should submit project idea through online funding (OFI) inquiry portal and may be invited to submit full application.

-Small grants are requests for $234,800
OFI deadline: August 14, 2020

-Large grants are for more than $234,800
OFI deadline: August 14, 2020

Opportunities marked with an (*) require completion of a clearance form with DePaul’s Development Office.

Additional funding search tools are available on the ORS website at: https://offices.depaul.edu/ors/pre-award-services/identifying-funding/funding-search-tools/Pages/default.aspx

Author: Jessica Bishop-Royse

JBR is into scholarship, research, statistics, methods, and doing fun stuff outside of work.

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