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Grants and Proposals: Social Sciences

This guide is designed to help you navigate the process of finding and applying for outside funding.

Professional Associations

Professional associations or societies in a given discipline often offer funding to students and scholars working in the field. 

Be sure to check the website of such organizations in your subject area! 

See a few select examples below:

American Sociological Association's Grants & Fellowships page

American Psychological Association's Scholarships, Grants, & Awards page

American Anthropological Association's Prizes & Awards page

Dissertation Awards in Support of Diversity

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Provides funding for more than 200 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations per academic year.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels. 

Specifically for Individuals

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
A database for finding scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals.

Funding Sources in the Social Sciences

Below is a select list of resources with funding opportunies in the social sciences.  For discipline-specific resources, please contact your subject librarian listed here.

  • AEAweb: Grant Support for Economists
    The AEAweb, provided by the American Econimic Association, provides information on funding for economists and the opportunity for organizations, institutions, and agencies to post information on grants available for economic research.

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
    The mission of ACLS is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."  ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.

  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG)
    HFG welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects only.  In addition to its support for postdoctoral research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year.
  • H-Net Funding Annoucements
    An international consortium of scholars and teachers, H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

  • Institute for Humane Studies (IHS)
    IHS advances a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented, productive students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty.  It awards scholarships and research fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as funding to graduate students and untenured faculty for career-enhacing activities.
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowships Program
    This program provides fellowships to students of superior academic ability—selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise—to undertake study at the doctoral and Master of Fine Arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
    SSRC is an independent nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of social science research and scholarship. Founded in New York City in 1923 as the world’s first national coordinating body of the social sciences, it is today an international resource for interdisciplinary, innovative public social science.  It offers various grants and fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral work.
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
    The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is a private operating foundation dedicated to the advancement of anthropology throughout the world. It has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship -- including for doctoral-level research and for conferences/workshops -- that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence.
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS)
    WWICS supports research in the social sciences and humanities.  It offers 9-month residential fellowships to academics, public officials, journalists, and business professionals.  Fellows conduct research and write in their areas of interest, while interacting with policymakers in Washington and Center staff. The Center also hosts Public Policy Scholars and Senior Scholars who conduct research and write in a variety of disciplines.

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
    Seeking to dignify the teaching profession, the Foundation offers Teaching Fellowships to encourage the most outstanding students to choose teaching as a career.  It also offers fellowships to support future leaders at a variety of career stages in the fields of foreign affairs, education, women & gender, ans religion & ethics.