Humanities

40 Humanities Fellowships for Research and Study

ProFellow.com's 2017 listing of humanities fellowships.

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships

ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research across the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. 

Boren Graduate Fellowship

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
Boren Graduate Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. The fellowships support graduate students pursuing the study of languages, cultures, and world regions that are critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). Boren Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

NAU Representative: Zach Tobin, CIE Acting Boren Scholarship Representative, CIE
The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship offer a unique opportunity for U.S. undergraduates to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The scholarships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Preference will be given to undergraduate applicants proposing a full-year academic study.

Critical Language Scholarship Program

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers. In 2013, approximately 600 scholarships were awarded for thirteen languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Josephine De Kármán Fellowship

The Josephine De Karman 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. A minimum of ten (10) fellowships, $22,000 for doctoral students and $14,000 for undergraduate students, will be awarded for the regular academic year. Only doctoral students and undergraduate students about to enter their final year of study/dissertation are eligible. The fellowship is for one academic year and may not be renewed or postponed. Students who have manifested exceptional ability and serious purpose in any discipline are eligible to apply. Special consideration is given to students in humanities fields.

Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities

Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Programme in the Humanities scholarships cover 100% of university and college fees, and a grant for living costs for one-year and two-year full-time Master’s degrees and for three-year doctoral degrees at Oxford. Candidates can apply to start a new graduate course at Oxford in fields covered by the following faculties: Classics (including classical archaeology); English Language and Literature; Fine Art (except Studio Art), History (including history of art and the history of architecture); Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages (covering most European languages and their literature); Music; Oriental Studies (including Far Eastern and Middle Eastern Studies, and the study of a wide range of languages); Philosophy; and Theology.

This scholarship may not be held in conjunction with any other awards. Current graduate students are not eligible to apply.

Fulbright Oxford-Clarendon Scholarship

One Fulbright-Oxford Clarendon Scholarship will be offered to pursue either a taught or research master's or a doctoral program (DPhil) in any field (other than medical courses which involve patient interaction) at the University of Oxford. Applicants must apply to the Fulbright US Student Program by the normal deadline (mid-October), and apply to the University of Oxford by the January application deadline and be accepted. Only candidates who are selected by both Fulbright and Clarendon will be considered.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

NAU Representative: Melissa Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides one-year grants for international graduate study, individually-designed research/creative projects, or English Teaching Assistantships. Applicants may be graduating seniors, recent undergraduate alumni, or graduate students. There are also specialty grants in a variety of areas.

Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship enables outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Cambridge in any discipline offered there. Apply as a graduating senior or postgraduate. Recipients become part of a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund offers graduate school fellowships in any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences (including law, medicine,engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).  It also funds independent research or study projects which must be carried out entirely in the US and publications focusing on Armenian studies, Armenian history and Armenian literature of the nineteenth century or earlier.

Marshall Scholarships

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, Scholarship Coordinator
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of the highest ability in academics, leadership, and ambassadorial potential to study for a graduate degree in virtually any higher education institution in the United Kingdom.The normal award is for two years, with the possibility of one or three years in special circumstances.  Apply as a graduating senior or within two years of obtaining a bachelor's degree.

Mitchell Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, Scholarship Coordinator
Up to twelve Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in the Republic of Ireland. Requires a record of exceptional intellectual achievement, leadership, and commitment to community and public service. Apply between 18 - 29 years of age.

Phi Beta Kappa Society Fellowships

Phi Beta Kappa fosters continuing education through two foreign study fellowships. The Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship is awarded annually to young women who wish to study Greek or French language and literature. The Walter J. Jensen Fellowship is awarded annually for six months of study in France.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Each year the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards sixty fellowships and forty Awards of Excellence to members entering their first year of graduate or professional study.

Rhodes Scholarship

NAU Representative: Melissa Hatfield Riggs, National Scholarship Coordinator
The Rhodes Scholarship funds graduate degrees at University of Oxford in the UK. The Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. It aims to nurture public-spirited leaders for the world's future and to promote international understanding and peace. Applicants must be exceptional all around: academics, character, leadership, and commitment to service. Applicants must be graduating seniors or recent graduates between 18 and 23 years of age. The scholarship provides all expenses for two or three years of graduate study and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Fellowships

The Social Science Research Council funds several fellowships for dissertation research. The largest, the International Dissertation Research Fellowship, supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-U.S. cultures and societies. Since 1997, the program has funded some 400 graduate students to conduct research in more than 100 countries on a wide range of subjects.


Also see
 opportunities under ArtsInternational Opportunitiesand Social Science/Public Service.

Humanities Databases for Grants and Fellowships

Harvard Graduate Guide to Grants

H-NET list:  Humanities and Social Sciences Online

Lewis and Clark: excellent list of humanities research awards

Duke University's database

Fellowship Search, from Cornell University

UCLA's database: graduate student and postdoctoral

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities: list of opportunities