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Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Social Sciences

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  • Deadlines refer to sponsor receipt deadlines. In most cases a portion of the application must be completed by the faculty sponsor, and the entire application must then be processed first by the administering unit and then by SPO. Please allow time for these activities.
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Program Deadline Program Synopsis
American Antiquarian Society, Fellowships varies Offers short-term fellowships (one to three months) and long-term fellowships (four to twelve months) to support residential research on the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
American Association of University Women, Fellowships and Grants varies AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women. Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities.
American Cancer Society, Postdoctoral Fellowships April 1, October 15 Funds training of recent Ph.D.s in cancer research, including psychosocial and behavioral research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents.
American Council of Learned Societies, Fellowships and Grants varies 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.
American Councils for International Education, Research Fellowships varies American Councils administers several major grants for independent, overseas research in the humanities and social sciences as well as language training. In recent years, American Councils scholars have conducted independent research in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
American Diabetes Association, Current Grant Opportunities January 15 for training awards Supports research aimed at preventing, treating, and curing diabetes, including studies in education and behavioral issues. Applicant generally must be U.S. citizen or have (or have applied for) permanent resident status.
American Educational Research Association, Funding Opportunities varies AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
American Historical Association, J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship in American History, NASA Fellowship in Aerospace History varies Jameson Fellows spend 2-3 months at the Library of Congress for American history research. Applicants must be no more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. Aerospace Fellows undertake a 6-12 month research project in aerospace history.
American Psychological Association, APA Policy Fellowships January The APA Congressional Fellowship Program offers members the opportunity to spend one year as a special assistant with a member of Congress or congressional committee on Capitol Hill. Open to U.S. citizens.
American Psychological Foundation, Wayne F. Placek Grants March Grants support empirical research from all fields of the behavioral and social sciences on any topic related to lesbian, gay, or bisexual issues.
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, Fellowships January The Belfer Center seeks applications from political scientists, lawyers, economists, those in the natural sciences, and others of diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Fellows are expected to devote some portion of their time to collaborative endeavors. Fellows are also expected to complete a significant publication during residence.
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego, Visiting Research Fellowships January Awards support advanced research and writing on any aspect of international migration and refugee flows, in any of the social sciences, history, and law. CCIS awards fellowships only to scholars who have a current or former affiliation with a University of California campus.
Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, Fellowships January CISAC is an interdisciplinary community dedicated to producing policy-relevant, scholarly research on international security problems. CISAC residential fellows are expected to produce a finished piece of writing.
Center for Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies, UCLA, Fellowships February 1 The Center administers a number of fellowship programs for senior and postdoctoral scholars.
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Research Goals, Junior Scholar Grants October 15 Awards up to $30,000 to postdoctoral scholars for research and writing. Applicants must have taught no more than six years since receiving the Ph.D.
Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Multi-Country Research Fellowship January The program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Open to U.S. citizens.
Dartmouth College, Leslie Center for the Humanities, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships October With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth offers an in-residence postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
Earth Institute, Columbia University, Fellows Program November Provides the opportunity to build a foundation in one of the core disciplines represented within the Earth Institute (social sciences, earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences and health sciences), while acquiring the cross-disciplinary expertise and breadth needed to address critical issues related to sustainable development and reducing environmental degradation, poverty, hunger and disease.
Folger Shakespeare Library, Research Fellowships March 1, November 1 Research fellowships provide access to the Library's collections. Short-term (1-3 months) and long-term (6-9 months) fellowships are available.
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Fellowships May 1 Offers short-term research fellowships to doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in American history, to conduct research within the archival holdings of any institution in the five boroughs of New York City.
George A. and Eliza Howard Foundation Fellowships November Supports independent projects in selected fields in the arts and social sciences (fields vary by year). The Foundation targets its support to early mid-career individuals who have achieved recognition for at least one major project.
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Sponsorship Programmes for Postdoctoral Scientists and Scholars varies Various fellowships fund research stays in Germany.
John B. Hurford '60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, Mellon Post-Doctoral Program January Haverford College, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers an endowed fellowship program designed to nurture the professional potential of an emerging generation of young humanists. The fellowships is for two years.
Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UCSD, Support varies Includes funding for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty, for example, NSSC Nuclear Campus Programming and Educational Project Faculty Grants in 2013.
International Resources and Exchange Board, Grant Opportunities varies IREX enables local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society: quality education, independent media, and strong communities. Program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth.
Leakey Foundation, Grants varies Specific priorities include: Paleoanthropology of the Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene; and Primates (Old and New World): Evolution, behavior, morphology, ecology,endocrinology, genetics and isotope studies; and Modern hunter-gatherer groups.
John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Fellowships, Distinguished Chairs & Endowments varies The Kluge Center welcomes scholars worldwide to research in the Library’s collections and engage in dialogue with leaders in Washington, and the public. The Center accommodates post-doctoral Fellows pursuing resident research, usually for periods from six to twelve months..
National Academies, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching November Awards will be made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Only U.S. citizens or nationals are eligible to apply.
National Academy of Education, Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship November Supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research.
National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, and Society (STS) February 1, August 1 STS considers proposals for scientific research into the interface between science (including engineering) or technology, and society. STS researchers use diverse methods including social science, historical, and philosophical methods.
Newberry Library, Fellowships November 15 for long-term, December 15 for short-term Fellowships provide assistance to researchers to use the collections in Chicago. Short-term fellowships for one to two months and long-term fellowships for four to twelve months are available.
Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation, PVA Research Foundation Grants September 1 Funding includes fellowships for postdoctoral scientists, clinicians and engineers to encourage training and specialization in the field of spinal cord research.
Smithsonian Institution, Office of Fellowships and Internships varies The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study. These appointments enable qualified persons to make use of Smithsonian resources in pursuing studies related to the programs and collections of the Institution and its staff. Appointments vary in duration, and many carry financial support.
Social Science Research Council, Fellowships & Grants varies The SSRC offers many postdoctoral programs in the social sciences.
Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, UCOP, Funding Opportunities November for letter of intent, January for proposal Supports research on tobacco control and tobacco-related disease that is of highest priority and potential benefit to the State of California. Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards are for individuals to obtain postdoctoral research training under a designated mentor.
UC Humanities Research Institute, Residential Research Group Fellowships December The program allows scholars to participate in Residential Research Groups at UCHRI.
UC MEXUS, Funding Opportunities varies UC MEXUS - CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowships support postdoctoral researchers at the University of California or at Mexican institutions of higher education or research. UC MEXUS Small Grants for UC Postdocs support UC graduate student and postdoctoral researcher activities in all disciplines as related to academic exchange, research training, and scholarly development in areas of interest to UC MEXUS.
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program November Encourages outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships, faculty mentoring, and eligibility for a hiring incentive to scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Grants for Post-Ph.D. Scholars varies The Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence.