The following lists include several federal agencies and foundations that provide national-level funding of research in Social and Behavioral Science. To maximize your likelihood of success in obtaining funding, choose a funding source and mechanism that best matches the topic, scope, and budget of your proposed research, as well as your career level. Private agencies can be good sources of seed money needed to collect preliminary data for larger scale federal funding. Several agencies offer email alerts when new funding opportunities become available; see individual agency websites for details. Skip Navigation Search Text.
Graduate Fellowships and Awards
Fellowships: Where to Find Them & How to Apply
Note to PIs: The following program summary is intended to be used for informational purposes only. The International Dissertation Research Fellowship Program supports the next generation of scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences pursuing research that advances knowledge about non-US cultures and societies. The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics. It will consider applications for dissertation research grounded in a single site, informed by broader cross-regional and interdisciplinary perspectives, as well as applications for multi-sited, comparative, and transregional research.
Good news! The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship IDRF provides six to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research about non-US or US Indigenous cultures and societies. The IDRF program particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented institutions. Sixty fellowships are granted yearly. Note to IDRF candidates about the effect of Covid on proposed research: Because IDRF research will not start until July at the earliest; candidates do not have to to incorporate alternate Covid research strategies into their proposals.
Should funding for future cycles become available notifications will be sent to the program email list, which you can sign up for here. Since , with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources CLIR has awarded over fellowships to scholars to support dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences using original sources.