This page lists research funding opportunities for students at various stages of graduate study. Many of them are for research devoted to particular areas of the world.
The American Councils for International Education offers a variety of fellowships for language study and/or field research in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia. Deadlines vary by program.
The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) offers fellowships for up to one year for research in Turkey. Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation by June of the fellowship year. Non-US applicants must maintain an affiliation with an educational institution in the US or Canada. Applications due in early November.
The Belgian American Educational Foundation has fellowships for US citizens to study in Belgium and for Belgian citizens to study in the US. Applicationsdue October 31.
Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies for up to one year of support for research on modern and contemporary German and European affairs at the Freie Universität Berlin for graduate students who have completed all coursework requirements for the Ph.D. and who are US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Applicationsdue in early December.
The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange provides dissertation fellowships of up to $20,000 to support the final stages of writing dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Recipients must not be employed or receiving grants from other sources. Applicationsdue in mid-October.
The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) at SOAS, University of London, provides Small Grants of up to £10,000 of research support for purposes related to the documentation of endangered languages, such as to carry out fieldwork, develop a pilot project, or complete a project already begun. Major documentation project grants are also available to support projects of up to three years that exceed the funding limit of the small grant. See website for application deadlines. Applications due in mid-October.
The Endangered Language Fund provides small grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work, with a preference for projects which serve both the native community and the field of linguistics. Applications due in mid-March and early October.
The Firebird Foundation Fellowships were created to support the preservation of oral traditions and traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous populations. They provide up to $10,000 for research expenses in the field. Applications are accepted quarterly onMarch 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.
Foundation for Endangered Languages is committed to raising awareness of endangered languages and supporting revitalization and preservation of endangered languages throughout the world. They award grants to projects consistent with their aims. Applicants must be FEL members.
Fulbright Grants are awarded to applicants for study/research in the designing of their own projects. They will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of high education. Awards are available in approximately 140 countries. Program requirements vary by country. Applicationsdue in mid-October.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad provides grants to fund doctoral students to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies for 6-12 months. Proposals focusing on Western Europe are not eligible. Applications due in early April.
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship, sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance, provides one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicationsdue in late September.
Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Fellowships offer up to $10,000 of research funding to women scientists. Women in social science whose research uses the scientific method — i.e. involves hypothesis-driven research — are eligible to apply. Applicationsdue in early January.
The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies offers a predissertation summer travel grant to provide funding for graduate students to explore venues and make preliminary research arrangements, and to gain advice from potential collaborators regarding subsequent research in China. Applicationsdue in early November.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Education Office of the Embassy of France in the United States which allows Ph.D. students at a US university to conduct research at a French university for 4 to 9 months. Fellowships are not available to French citizens. Applications due in mid-January.
The International Dissertation Research Fellowship provides approximately $23,000 for 6-12 months of dissertation research about non-US or US indigenous cultures and societies; need not be a US citizen, but must be enrolled in a US graduate program. Applicationsdue in early November.
The Jacobs Research Fund is a grant program supporting anthropological research on the indigenous peoples of Canada, Mexico, mainland United States, including Alaska, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. Applications due February 15.
Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research provides travel expenses and a monthly stipend for up to 12 months of dissertation research in Korea. Applicants must be graduate students at a non-Korean institution. Applicationsdue in late August or early September.
The Leifur Eiriksson Foundation funds graduate students from U.S. universities for research or study at universities in Iceland. Provides up to $25,000 in project costs, including travel. Applications due in mid-November.
The MMUF Travel and Research Grants provide assistance in completing research prior to the start of dissertation writing to doctoral candidates who previously participated in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships. The grants provide up to $5,000 for a period of one summer or one semester. Applications due in mid-March.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides funding that supports fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages. Funding will be available in the form of doctoral dissertation research improvement grants for up to 24 months. Applicationsdue in in mid-January and mid-July.
The Scientific Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States which allows graduate students at a US University to conduct research in a French public or private laboratory for 4-9 months. Applicationsdue in early January.
Smithsonian Graduate Fellowships allows 10 weeks of research at the Smithsonian for graduate students who have not been advanced to candidacy. Applicationsdue November 1.
Stanford Center for East Asian Studies has several awards for graduate students, including summer grants for academically related work for students of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, as well as travel grants for presenting papers at major academic conferences. Deadlines vary by program.
The Stanford Europe Center provides grants to graduate students to prepare for dissertation research and to conduct research on approved dissertation projects. The center also supports early graduate students who wish to determine the feasibility of a dissertation topic or acquire training relevant for that topic. Applicationsdue in mid-April and mid-November.
Stanford Latin American Studies Graduate Student Grants provides funding to graduate students for various programs like field work travel, conference travel, working group funding, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) or work on their existing programs in Ayacucho and Venezuela. Deadlines vary by program.
Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grants provide up to $20,000 are awarded to support dissertation research that contributes to anthropological knowledge. Applications due in early May and early November.