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Scholarship Name Scholarship Value Deadline
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University - Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Creative Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences & Math Up to $75,000 for one year; $37,500 for one semester. Anticipated 9/2017 ( Previous deadline 9/15/2016 )

NOTE: The 9/15/16 deadline is for applications in the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences; the 10/6/16 deadline is for applications in the natural sciences and mathematics.

Fellowships support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. In recognition of Radcliffe’s historic contributions to the education of women and to the study of issues related to women, the Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender and society. Applicants’ projects need not focus on gender, however. Fellow are expected to reside in the Boston area. The standard term of the fellowship is one year. Visual artists and film, video, sound, and new media artists may apply to come for either one or two semesters.

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program $75,000 09/24/2017

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University offers up to 27 yearlong fellowships for research in the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship begins early September and ends in late May. Fellows will pursue independent research as well as collaborate with other fellows at talks and lunches with the Radcliffe/Harvard University community in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The fellowship comes with office/studio space and college library access.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Students $75,000 October 2

Applicant must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Award is intended to support an academic year of residence at any national residential research centers. Program encourages exchanges across disciplinary lines that can be especially helpful to deepening and expanding the significance of projects in the humanities and related social sciences. Applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system (OFA). OFA is accessible through the Fellowship and Grant Programs section of the web site.
Study areas: anthropology, archaeology, art history, communication, economics, film, geography, history, languages/literatures, law, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology,

Fellowship Competition $61,000 10/06/2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards postdoctoral fellows in the humanities an opportunity to research and lecture at Columbia University for up to 3 years. Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University, located in New York City, and as postdoctoral research fellows. In the first year, Fellows teach one course per semester: at least one of these courses will be in the undergraduate general education program of the University. In years two and three, Fellows teach one course per year. At least two of the three courses taught in the first two Fellowship years must be in the Core, which includes Contemporary Civilization, Literature Humanities, Music Humanities, Art Humanities, Asian Civilizations, Asian Humanities, or Global Cultures, including those of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Society seeks to enhance the role of the humanities in the University by exploring and clarifying the interrelationships within the humanities as well as their relationship to the natural and social sciences.

Berlin Prize $60,000 09/30/2017

The American Academy In Berlin offers 24 fellowships for postdoctoral scholars to engage in independent study for up to one year. The Berlin Prize is a residential fellowship for a wide variety of disciplines designed to a establish a fellow in Berlin and internationally. Fellowships range from a length of six weeks to a full academic year. The fall semester typically begins in early September.

Dartmouth College - Leslie Center for the Humanities - Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships Annual stipend of $57,528 plus benefits. Anticipated 10/2017 ( Previous deadline 10/1/2016 )

Residential fellowships support research in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Applicants must focus on materials customarily associated with research in the humanities or employ methods common in humanistic research. Fellows teach two courses in their home department(s) or program(s) in each year of their residency. At least one of the four courses should contribute something new to the Dartmouth curriculum, and at least one should be an introductory lecture course. Fellows will not, however, be asked to teach basic language courses. For the 2017-19 competition, applications are not being accepted for Anthropology; Art History; Asian/Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures; Film & Media Studies; Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies; Music; and Russian. The fellowship offers support for two years.

Postdoctoral Fellowships In the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Professions $55,000 09/30/2017

The Michigan Society of Fellows awards 9 residential 3-year postdoctoral fellowships at University of Michigan (UMich) to research, teach, and participate. The fellowship is also funded by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor. Fellows are appointed as Assistant Professors in appropriate departments and as Postdoctoral Scholars in the Michigan Society of Fellows. They are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor during the academic years of the fellowship, to teach for the equivalent of one academic year, to participate in the informal intellectual life of the Society, and to devote time to their independent research or artistic projects. This is not an artist-in-residence program but rather an opportunity to develop one’s work in conversation with fellows from a range of disciplines during the three years of the fellowship.

Kluge Center Fellowships $50,400 07/15/2017

The John W Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington DC awards up to 10 awards to postdoctoral scholars to carry out research for 4-11 months. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints and photographs are also available.

Society Fellowships $50,000 10/01/2017

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University (SCH) offers 6-8 fellowships for scholars who are working on topics related to an annual theme. The Society encourages applicants to investigate the cultural, social, artistic, philosophical, and political implications of the theme. The theme for the 2016-17 fellowship cycle is "Skin". Fellows are encouraged to offer an informal seminar related to their research. Cornell University is located in Ithaca, New York.

Yale Institute of Sacred Music - Postdoctoral Fellowship $42,000-$50,000 (depending on teaching duties) plus health benefits. Anticipated 11/2017 ( Previous deadline 11/1/2016 )

Fellowships support scholars whose work relates to the fields of sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies, or religion and the arts. Scholars in the humanities or the social or natural sciences whose work is directly related to these areas are also encouraged to apply. Fellows undertake a substantive and original project that relates to the mission of the Institute. This could be original scholarship, an art exhibition, a musical composition, or work of creative writing, etc. Some teaching is also required. Fellows are expected to live within a 10-mile radius of campus. The fellowship typically offers support for one year, though in rare circumstances it may be granted for two or three years.

Research Fellowship $42,000 11/02/2017

The Japanese Foundation awards 16 fellowships to postdoctoral scholars, researchers, and professionals who wish to conduct research in Japan for up to 1 year. The Scholars and Researchers (Short-Term) Fellowship lasts for 21-59 days. The Scholars and Researchers (Long-Term) Fellowship lasts for 2-12 months.

Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships $38,000 10/26/2017

The Andrew W Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) award up to 65 fellowships to students in their final dissertation year. These fellowships are awarded to assist students, in the humanities and related social science fields, in their last year of PhD dissertation writing. Award support is for one year. Research projects should be original and significant to contributing to knowledge. Fellowship recipients will have a strong scholarly record and career plan. Research projects will be of high-quality and fellows will be expected to complete the project in a feasible amount of time. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research.

Japanese Studies Fellowship Program for Doctoral Candidates $30,000 11/02/2017

The Japan Foundation offers about 15 doctoral fellowships for up to 1 year for outstanding scholars to conduct research in Japan. The Doctoral Candidates Fellowship lasts for 4-12 months.

Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Dance, and Film $25,000 March 31 (theater); April 30 (dance); June 1 (film)

Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Applications, essays, letters of recommendation, resume, and work samples are required to be submitted.
Study areas: dance, film, theater

Cota-Robles $25,000 06/08/2017

UCLA Graduate Division gives UCLA Cota-Robles awardees the opportunity to activate their 2nd year of Graduate Division Cota-Robles funding.

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) - International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program

Average $20,000.

Anticipated 11/2017 ( Previous deadline 11/1/2016 )

Fellowships support graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the US and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. The research must be conducted, in whole or in part, outside of the US. The research may be grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives or multi-sited, comparative and transregional. The fellowship is for 9-12 months.

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) $20,000 11/03/2017

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers 80 fellowships for 9-12 months to US PhD scholars doing dissertation research outside the United States on non-US topics. The fellowship includes participation in a Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Fellows in the humanities and humanistic social sciences will carry out research proposals that do not focus predominantly on United States. The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics.

Dissertation Fellowships for Republic of China Students Abroad $18,000 10/15/2017

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange offers fellowships for Chinese citizens and PhD students who are writing their dissertation. These fellowships are awarded annually to support doctoral candidates in the writing of their dissertations. These grants are intended to provide support for research on topics related to Chinese culture and society, the development of the Republic of China, or Taiwan Studies. Their dissertations should cover fields in the humanities or social sciences. Successful applicants will work on a project that advances the field of Chinese Studies.

Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for Theater, Film, and Television $15,000 06/03/2017

UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television offers awards to any University of California students who create a work of dramatic writing. The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation created this award to encourage young stage, film, and television writers. A panel of industry professional will review the submissions, and final judging will be done by a panel composed of prominent industry figures.

Hilla Rebay International Internship $15,000 September 30

Award is a nine-month internship with three months each at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Preference is given to doctoral-level applicants. Fluency in English, Spanish, and Italian required.
Study areas: Arts administration, art history, conservation, education, film and media studies, museum studies

Aberystwyth University’s AberDoc PhD Scholarship Scheme in UK, 2017 £14,296 12/30/2017

The Aberystwyth University offers a package of research and training for full-time PhD students. These prestigious AberDoc scholarships are now open to UK/EU and Non-EU students who wish to study for a full-time PhD commencing in September 2017. These awards aim to develop the necessary skills required to meet applicant’s career choices and offer a breadth of development opportunities to enhance their research, teaching and transferable skills. University mission is to facilitate growth and development, and to challenge boundaries, helping students and staff to contribute to human Endeavour by unlocking their own talents. It seeks to nurture ability in all areas, share best practice, and remove institutional barriers to achievement. International and EU applicants will need to show evidence of a sufficient knowledge of English. This must be proved before the applicant begins their course. If they have not achieved the required level before sending their application, their formal offer for postgraduate study will include a condition stating that they need to achieve this level before the start of their course. If they do not reach the required level of proficiency, it will not be possible to admit them onto the course.

Mustard Seed Foundation - Harvey Fellows Program


Anticipated 11/2017 ( Previous deadline 11/1/2016 )

Fellowships are for Christian students who are pursuing graduate studies at premier universities in fields considered to be underrepresented by Christians and who possess a unique vision to impact society through their vocations. Fellowships are for 1 year and may be renewed for up to 2 additional years.

Carole Fielding Student Grant $4,000 December 15

Applicant must be an undergraduate or graudate student who is sponsored by an active member of the University Film & Video Association or staff at a UFVA member institution. Applicant must submit a one-page project description, one-page resume, statement by sponsoring UFVA member, and budget. Production applicants must submit a 30 minute narrative, 60 minute documentary, and an experimental/animation/multimedia treatment or script, and/or storyboard (not to exceed 8.5 X 11 inches). Research applicants must submit a description of methodology and a statement indicating the relationship of proposed study to previous research in the field.
Study areas: film

Pare Lorentz Award $2,500 June 11

Awarded to a documentary film that best reflects the democratic sensibility, activist spirit, and lyrical vision of Pare Lorentz. Applicant must be a registered, matriculating student and submit videotape, synopsis, and entry fee.

ABCNEWS VideoSource Award for The Best Use of News Footage in a Documentary $2,000 June 11

Awarded to a film or video which best uses news footage as an integral component of the work. Applicant must be a registered, matriculating student and submit videotape with synopsis, application form, and entry fee.
plus $2,000 worth of research time at the ABCNEWS VideoSource facility in New York

David L. Wolper Student Documentary Achievement Award $1,000 June 11

Award is to recognize exceptional achievement in nonfiction film and video production at the university level and to bring greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field. Applicant must be a registered, matriculating student and submit videotape with synopsis, application form, and entry fee.
plus $1,000 gift certificate for purchase of motion picture film

Harriet Irsay Scholarship $1,000 July 1

Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student who is a United States citizen or permanent resident (preferably) of Polish heritage.
Study areas: architecture, communication, education, film, history, international relations, journalism, liberal arts, Polish studies, public relations

Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Awards $1,000 August 1.

To recognize innovative works that expand the discipline of film and media studies, emphasizing its relationship to other visual fields, including architect, art history and digital media.

ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship $ 1,000 November 1st

Erik Barnouw Award $1,000 December 1

Applicant must submit network or cable television film or video (concerned with American history) on an half inch video cassette. Only video programs released January 1 through December 31 are eligible.
Study areas: American history

Carole Fielding Student Grant $1,000 December 15.

To support the education aspect of students in the film and video discipline.

Couponbirds "Help to Save" Scholarship $500 10/21/2017

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Internships $500 01/01/2075

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers numerous graduate student archival internships for up to 5 months at the library in Boston, Massachusetts. Students can work in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum's textual archives, audiovisual archives, and museum collections department, among other units. Internships are offered during the Winter-Spring (December 15-May 15), Spring-Summer (May 15-August 15), and Summer-Fall (August 15-December 15). Students gain experience in a Presidential Library while contributing to the work of the institution.

NHFA Scholarship unspecified 07/31/2017

The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) offers scholarships to Hispanic graduate students studying entertainment and media-related fields. These scholarships are awarded to increase the presence of Hispanic artists and professionals and to foster the emergence of new Latino talent in the media, arts, and communications industries.

Gerald Pratley Award Unspecified July 31.

To inspire Quebec or Canadian cinema development by providing financial support for graduate students doing cinema research.

Jacob Javits Fellowship Unspecified August 31

Applicant must not have completed his or her first year of graduate school and the fifth year of a five-year baccalaureate/master's degree is applicable. Applicant must demonstrate financial need and submit a FAFSA application.
Renewable for a maximum of four years.

2017 Fully-funded Chancellor’s International Research Scholarships in UKA Unspecified 09/28/2017

Description: The University of Sussex offers fully-funded Chancellor’s international research scholarships. Scholarships are available for pursuing postgraduate research program at the University of Sussex for international students. Scholarships are provided to learn any of the courses within arts and humanities. The scholarship covers international fees and provides a stipend that matches that provided for UK doctoral students by the UK Research Council.

University of Sussex (Fully-funded) International Research Scholarship, 2017 Unspecified 09/28/2017

Description: The University of Sussex welcomes applications from outstanding international applicants across the arts and humanities for 10 fully funded Chancellor’s International Research Scholarships.

Canadian Picture Pioneers Scholarships Unspecified September 30.

To assist students who are in need of financial assistance, and who are enrolled in full time studies.

Visiting Research Fellowships unspecified 10/31/2017

University of Calgary (UCalgary) awards 1 yearlong residential fellowship for postdoctoral scholars research in the Humanities. The Calgary Institute for the Humanities (CIH) promotes research in a broad range of Humanities areas of study. Fellows will carry out research for 12 months at UCalgary, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They will be provided with workspace and access to UCalgary's Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR). Fellows will work on and share their research at a seminar.

Study Scholarship for Artists and Musicians Unspecified November 1

Applicant must have concluded studies in home country with a degree and be able to prove necessity of study in Germany.
Award of 715E, or approximately $1,000, per month for living expenses during study. Stipend awarded to defray travel costs.

Individual Grants unspecified 11/02/2017

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) offers funding to up to 12 US citizens, resident artists, or scholars who will research, study, tour, and create in Asia. When awarding individual grants, the Council devotes special attention to arranging programs tailored specifically to the needs and professional objectives of each grantee. The Council's staff will mentor, plan, and foster art cultural connections between Asia and America.

TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund Unspecified November 4.

To support innovative filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America who are working on feature-length scripted, documentary or hybrid films.

Peggy Guggenheim Studentship Program, Venice, Italy Unspecified December 1

Award is a one- to three-month internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.
Study areas: arts administration, art history, conservation, education, film and media studies, finance, museum studies, public affairs, photography

Canon Collins Thekgo Bursaries For Undergraduate & Postgraduate African students in South Africa, 2017 – Apply Now Unspecified 12/28/2017

Description: In 2017 these bursaries will only be awarded to students studying at public universities in the Eastern Cape: University of Fort Hare, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University and Walter Sisulu University of Technology and Science. Please note that the application form is incorrect and students studying at CPUT are not eligible.

UCLA Doctoral Student Travel Grants for Conferences, Professional Development and Off-Campus Research (DTG) unspecified 01/01/2075

The purpose of the UCLA Doctoral Student Travel Grant (DTG) is to encourage UCLA doctoral students to present their work and network at conferences in their field, to support travel associated with off-campus research and to enable students to take advantage of off-campus professional development opportunities. Each new and continuing doctoral student will be provided up to $1,000 total reimbursement that can be used, in whole or in part, at any time through the student’s seventh year of enrollment in the doctoral program, as long as the student and the activities meet the eligibility requirements. Students who were awarded the Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) in 2015–16 or earlier will not be eligible for this program. EXCEPTION: 2015–16 DYF awardees who activated their fellowship in Winter 2016 will be eligible as long as they are receiving DYF funding. Once the DYF funding has ended, the student is no longer eligible.

Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship $200,000 unspecified

Submissions are now open for the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, the largest cash fellowship ($200,000) for short film in Australia.

Kelly Carr ’06 Receives Elite Journalism Fellowship $100,000 from unspecified

Helen Darcovich Memorial Doctoral Fellowship $12,000 Canadian unspecified

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2012 IAPG Houston Scholarship $10,000 and unspecified

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