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Academy of American Poets — Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

  • $25,000
  • Deadline: May 15, 2019
  • For the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year

Arts Writers — Grant

  • $15,000–50,000, depending on the medium
  • Deadline: May 20, 2019
  • For emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. For projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to self-published blogs, including art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles. Four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing.

FACE Foundation — Tournées Film Festival

  • $2,200
  • Deadline: May 31, 2019
  • For campus festivals of French cinema consisting of a minimum of six films within a six-week period. The films may be presented as part of a larger film festival.

Donald Keene Center Of Japanese Culture — Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature

  • $6,000
  • Deadline: June 3, 2019
  • For translations of modern or classical Japanese literary works.

The Holberg Prize

  • ~$617,000
  • Deadline: June 15, 2019 for nominations
  • For outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology. The prize may be awarded both for work within a particular academic discipline and for work of a cross disciplinary nature. The prize winner must have had a decisive influence on international research. No self-nominations.

Vilcek Foundation — Vilcek Prizes For Creative Promise in Literature

  • $50,000 (three awards will be made)
  • Deadline: June 20, 2019
  • For foreign-born writers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement early in their careers. Eligible genres include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Must have published at least one full-length book (not self-published).
  • Eligibility:
    • born after 1980 outside the United States
    • must have legal U.S. residency status
    • full-time students are not eligible

The Griffin Trust — The Griffin Poetry Prize

  • ~$49,000 each in two contests: Canada and International
  • Annual deadlines: June 30 for works published January–June; December 31 for works published July–December
  • For the best collection of poetry, in English, published during the preceding year. One prize goes to a living Canadian poet or translator, the other to a living poet or translator from any country, which may include Canada. Books must be first-edition poetry collections in English, published in the preceding year, and must be nominated by the publisher. Translations eligible.

Aaron Copeland Fund for Music — Performance Program

  • Up to $20,000
  • Deadline: July 1, 2019
  • To support programming that encourages and improves public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music
  • Eligible organizations:
    • Chamber sized ensembles of any instrumentation
    • Chamber orchestras
    • Symphonic or other full-sized orchestras
    • Opera companies
    • Dance companies and/or ensembles
    • Vocal ensembles and choruses
    • Presenters
    • Festivals
    • Presenter/ensemble hybrids

Claremont McKenna University — Tufts Poetry Awards

  • $10,000 and $100,000
  • Deadline: July 1, 2019
  • For collections of original poetry published between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Must be originally composed in English, by United States citizens or legal resident aliens.

The Americana Foundation — Grants

  • Up to $50,000
  • Annual deadlines:
    • July 10
    • October 10
    • January 10
    • April 10
  • Areas of interest:
    • agriculture and natural resources (includes sustainability and education)
    • American heritage (includes training/staffing for museum curation/conservation)

National Geographic Society — Exploration Grants

  • Up to $30,000
  • Deadlines:
    • July 10, 2019
    • October 9, 2019
  • For experienced project leaders in the areas of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology

Omi International Arts Center — Residencies for writers and translators

  • All expenses except travel
  • Deadline: July 15, 2019
  • For published authors and their English language translators, to provide exposure for global literary voices. Fall 2019 residencies of 1–8 weeks in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. All text-based projects are eligible: fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — 100&Change

  • $100 million
  • Deadlines:
    • July 16, 2019 for registration
    • August 6, 2019 for applications
  • Competition for a single grant of $100 million to a project that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. Proposals from any field or problem area considered. Competitive proposals will address a significant problem and provide a solution that is impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. See previous grantees. The foundation aims to run this competition every three years.
  • A sample application and applicant webinars are available now at the link above, but the actual application and/or guidelines may change when the application portal opens on April 30, 2019.
  • Please contact Corporate and Foundation Relations if you are interested in applying.

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation — Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

  • ~$1,850,000 over five years (up to six awards will be made)
  • Deadline: July 31, 2019
  • For top-rank junior researchers whose work has already been internationally recognized as outstanding. To spend five years building up a working group and working on a high-profile, innovative research project of their own choice at a research institution of their own choice in Germany. All disciplines. Applications from women particularly encouraged.
  • Eligibility: doctorate or equivalent degree completed “with distinction” after July 31, 2013

Terra Foundation for American Art — Exhibition Grants

  • Deadline: August 1, 2019 for letter of inquiry
  • For traveling international exhibitions on any aspect of historical American art (at least one international venue must be secured before a letter of inquiry is submitted), or exhibitions on any aspect of historical American art that are co-organized with an international venue. 

John Templeton Foundation — Grants

  • Up to $234,000 for small grants program, more for large grants program
  • Deadline: August 16, 2019 for online funding inquiry
  • To support research on “the basic forces, concepts, and realities governing the universe and humankind’s place in the universe.” Interest in the intersection of scientific notions (e.g., complexity, emergence, evolution, infinity, and time) and moral and spiritual concepts (e.g., altruism, creativity, free will, generosity, gratitude, intellect, love, prayer, and purpose). There are six grant programs:
    • Science and the Big Questions
    • Character Virtue Development
    • Individual Freedom and Free Markets
    • Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius (in mathematics and science)
    • Genetics
    • Voluntary Family Planning

Samuel H. Kress Foundation — History of Art Grants Program

  • Largest 2017 grant was $120,000
  • Annual deadlines for letter of inquiry:
    • September 1
    • December 15
    • March 1
  • For projects that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of European art and architecture. Funded activities include: archival projects; development and dissemination of scholarly databases; documentation projects; museum exhibitions and publications; photographic campaigns; scholarly catalogues and publications; technical and scientific studies; international exchanges; professional meetings; conferences; symposia; consultations; the presentation of research; and other professional events.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation — Conservation Grants Program

  • Largest 2017 grant was $23,000
  • Annual deadlines for letter of inquiry:
    • September 1
    • December 15
    • March 1
  • Support for supports the professional practice of art conservation, especially as it relates to European art of the pre-modern era. For projects that create and disseminate specialized knowledge, including archival projects, development and dissemination of scholarly databases, documentation projects, exhibitions and publications focusing on art conservation, scholarly publications, and technical and scientific studies. Also funds activities that permit conservators and conservation scientists to share their expertise.

Samuel H. Kress Foundation — Digital Resources Grants Program

  • Largest 2017 grant was $89,000
  • Annual deadlines for letter of inquiry:
    • September 1
    • December 15
    • March 1
  • To foster new forms of research and collaboration as well as new approaches to teaching and learning. Areas of interest include:
    • Digitization of important visual resources (especially art history photographic archives) in the area of pre-modern European art history; and of primary textual sources (especially the literary and documentary sources of European art history)
    • Promising initiatives in online publishing
    • Innovative experiments in the field of digital art history

J.M. Kaplan Fund — Furthermore Publication Grants

  • Up to $15,000
  • Annual deadlines:
    • September 1
    • March 1
  • Supports nonfiction book publishing about the urban experience; natural and historic resources; art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and other public issues

College Art Association — Millard Meiss Publication Fund

  • Annual deadlines:
    • September 15
    • March 15
  • To support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art, visual studies, and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits, but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange — meetings and publications grants

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art — Fellowships and Grants

Association for Asian Studies/Northeast Asia Council — Korean studies grants

  • Up to $5,000
  • Annual deadlines:
    • October 1
    • February 1
  • For research travel and conferences

Association for Asian Studies/Northeast Asia Council — Japanese studies grants

  • Up to $5,000
  • Annual deadlines:
    • October 1
    • February 1
  • For research travel and conferences

the cogito foundation — Science/humanities collaborations; public understanding of science

  • Typically around $50,000; rarely over $100,000
  • Annual deadlines:
    • October 1
    • May 1
  • Programs:
    • research grants and guest-researcher fellowships for cross-disciplinary collaboration between the sciences and the humanities
    • congresses, meetings and seminars to support prominent speakers
    • events and activities that increase public understanding of scientific thinking and the scientific method, including workshops and publications

College Art Association Art History Fund for Travel to Special Exhibitions

  • Up to $10,000 per class per exhibition
  • Annual deadline: January 15
  • For undergraduate and graduate art history classes to cover students’ and instructors’ costs (travel, accommodations, and admission fees) associated with attending temporary museum special exhibitions throughout the United States and worldwide.

Japan Foundation (New York) — Grants for Arts & Culture

  • $5,000
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • The purpose of the applicant's project must be to nurture further understanding of Japanese arts and culture, or to produce U.S.-Japan collaborative projects, through performing arts, exhibitions, film screening, lectures, symposia, and other cultural events. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.

Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation — Humanities Program

  • Median grant is $10,000; maximum is $60,000
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Programs in the following areas are eligible: history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and social sciences which share the content and methods of humanistic disciplines. Primary (but not exclusive) focus is European and American history and letters.

Henry Luce Foundation — America Art Responsive Grants

  • Up to $250,000
  • Letter of inquiry may be submitted at any time
  • Support for projects that address the prevailing needs of the American art field and are crucial to its development, including: permanent collection reinstallations, digitization, and archives of American art material.

Henry Luce Foundation — Theology Program Responsive Grants

  • Up to $600,000
  • Letter of inquiry may be submitted at any time
  • The foundation's Theology program supports projects whose engagements extend into a variety of settings — from religious communities and academic fields to activist networks and media venues. Particular attention is given to work that rethinks what theology is and reimagines its contemporary significance; to research that creatively examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and to projects located at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion.

Fritz Thyssen Foundation — Travel Subsidies and Stipends

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • To defray travel expenses that are directly related to a project in the humanities, social science or biomedical fields
  • Areas of interest:
    • History
    • Language & Culture
    • The interdisciplinary field "Image and Imagery"
    • State, Economy and Society
    • Medicine and the Natural Sciences
  • Proposed projects must have a connection to the German research system. (This connection can be established either on a personal level through German scientists working on the project, on an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated with German research institutes or on a substantial level through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.)

Fritz Thyssen Foundation — Library Subsidies

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Library subsidies and subsidies for purchasing research material can be awarded in special cases, particularly to make possible scholarly projects in the foundation's chosen areas of support:
    • History
    • Language & Culture
    • The interdisciplinary field "Image and Imagery"
    • State, Economy and Society
    • Medicine and the Natural Sciences
  • Proposed projects must have a connection to the German research system. (This connection can be established either on a personal level through German scientists working on the project, on an institutional level through non-German scientists being affiliated with German research institutes or on a substantial level through studies on topics related thematically to German research interests.)

International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives — Research Grant

  • Usually no more than $2,200
  • For research and publication on audiovisual archiving
  • Eligibility: IASA members

Society of Architectural Historians — Research-to-Teaching Grants

  • $4,000 (fifteen awards will be made)
  • To present lectures on any area of specialty focusing on global architecture and urbanism

Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation — Grants for organizations

  • Online letters of inquiry accepted on a rolling basis. Application must be submitted by Dartmouth rather than the individual PI. Contact CFR for assistance.
  • For academic programs, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and publications that provide promising new insights into the fields in which the foundation collects art:
    • Spanish Colonial
    • Japanese Bamboo
    • Modern & Contemporary (specifically Digital & Electronic Art, Color Field, Hard Edge & Optical, Light & Space, and New Mexico Modernism)  

Henry Luce Foundation — Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs

  • Recent grants have ranged up to $600,000
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • For projects that foster and disseminate more nuanced, contextualized and dynamic understandings of religion in global public life, politics and policy. May include work across disciplines and programs, bringing together faculty and graduate students in fields such as international relations, anthropology, religious studies, politics, rhetoric and communication, journalism, and area studies. Comparative research projects that may include collaborations across institutions and countries also solicited.

Japan Foundation New York — Japanese Contemporary Literature Project

  • Free English translations of contemporary best-selling Japanese novels for university classes
  • Available titles:
    • Rieko Matsuura, The Apprenticeship of Big Toe P
    • Mieko Kanai, The Word Book
    • Yoko Ogawa, The Diving Pool

Japan Foundation New York — JFNY Grant For Arts And Culture

  • Up to $5,000
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • For projects that will further understanding of Japanese arts and culture. Supports publicity; printing costs; honoraria and travel for artists and lecturers; shipping cost of films, exhibits and/or other materials.

The Teagle Foundation — strengthening liberal education

  • Up to $400,000 over up to three years; planning grants in the range of $25,000
  • Concept papers accepted on a rolling basis
  • Current programs:
  • Education for American Civic Life
  • Pathways to the Liberal Arts
  • Liberal Arts and the Professions
  • Dissemination Grants

Association for Asian Studies/Northeast Asia Council — Distinguished Speakers Bureau Awards

  • Honorarium and air travel expenses
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • For Japanese studies presentations by members of the NEAC Speakers Bureau at institutions with small East Asian studies programs