Jacobs Research Funds

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2017

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF) funds projects involving fieldwork with living peoples that result in publication or other dissemination of information about the fieldwork. Priority is given to research on endangered cultures and languages, and to research on the Pacific Northwest. Projects focusing on archival research are given low priority. Relevance of the project to contemporary theoretical issues in anthropology and linguistics is also a criterion used in evaluating proposals.

Funded projects typically focus on linguistic analysis, social-cultural anthropology, ethnolinguistics, or sociolinguistics. Especially appropriate are field studies that address cultural expressive systems, such as music, language, dance, mythology, world view, folk taxonomy, art, intellectual life, and religion. Also appropriate are projects focusing on cultural and linguistic forms in modern contexts – for example, traditional environmental knowledge or social organization. Projects in archeology, physical anthropology, applied anthropology, and applied linguistics (for example, grants exclusively for technological improvements, development of pedagogical materials, etc.) are not eligible for support.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Library of Congress Kluge Center Kislak Fellowship

Application deadline:   October 15, 2016

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress offers two short-term fellowships annually for independent scholars, students, and college and university faculty to conduct research based on items from the Kislak Collection. The Kislak Short-term Fellowship is for a period of 3 months, at a stipend of $4,200 per month, for residential research at the Library of Congress.

The Kislak Fellows Program supports scholarly research that contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the history and cultures of the Americas. It provides an opportunity for concentrated use of materials from the Kislak Collection and other collections of the Library of Congress, through full-time residency at the Library. The program supports research projects in the disciplines of archaeology, history, cartography, epigraphy, linguistics, ethno-history, ethnography, bibliography and sociology, with particular emphasis on Florida, the circum-Caribbean region and Mesoamerica.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: https://loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/kislakshort.html

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Doctoral Fellowships

Application deadline:   October 15, 2016

The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
 offers doctoral fellowships to non-Republic of China citizens. Doctoral candidates who are non-ROC citizens and who are enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, or South America may apply for financial support for writing dissertations in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences. Citizens of the ROC should apply for Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad.

Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D. degree, and must be in the last stage of their doctoral program. The maximum amount of each award is US$18,000, which is given for a period extending to one year.

For complete information about this opportunity, see:

For additional opportunities from the Foundation, see: http://www.cckf.org/e-dornation.htm

Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies Academy Scholars Program

Application deadline:   October 1, 2016

The Academy Scholars Program identifies and supports outstanding scholars at the start of their careers whose work combines disciplinary excellence in the social sciences (including history and law) with a command of the language, history, or culture of non-Western countries or regions.

Academy Scholars are appointed for two years by the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. The competition for these awards is open only to recent PhD (or comparable professional school degree) recipients and doctoral candidates. Those still pursuing a PhD should have completed their routine training and be well along in the writing of their theses before applying.

Postdoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $67,000, and predoctoral Academy Scholars will receive an annual stipend of $31,000. This stipend is supplemented by funding for conference and research travel, research assistants, and health insurance coverage. Some teaching is permitted but not required.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://academy.wcfia.harvard.edu/programs/academy_scholar

American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship

Application deadline:   July 1, 2016

The American Institute of Indian Studies is a cooperative, non-profit organization of 81 American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people, and culture. AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. In addition to applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences, AIIS encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resource Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning.

Junior Research Fellowships are available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for AIIS fellowships. Junior Research Fellowships are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to 11 months.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://www.indiastudies.org/research-fellowship-programs/research-fellowship-application-packet/

2016-2017 TA Positions in American Ethnic Studies

Application deadline:   May 2, 2016

There are currently 4 open Teaching Assistant positions in the American Ethnic Studies program.  These positions are available for the full academic year of 2016-2017.

Graduate TA duties and responsibilities may include the following (specific duties and responsibilities will be provided by course instructor):

  • Attend lectures
  • Conduct quiz section meetings
  • Facilitate discussions
  • Prepare review materials for quiz sections
  • Hold extra review sessions for exams
  • Hold regular office hours
  • Tutor students
  • Develop and maintain electronic bulletin boards, discussion sites, etc.
  • Grade assignments
  • Proctor exams
  • Score exams
  • Maintain grading records
  • Maintain course attendance records
  • Calculate quarter grades
  • Attend instructor/TA meetings
  • Act as liaison/mediator between student and professor
  • Present lectures when necessary
  • Prepare handout materials

Currently enrolled social science or humanities graduate student with knowledge and experience in Ethnic Studies or cultural diversity. Priority will be given to graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Knowledge in African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Chicano Studies.

Conditions of Employment:
Must be UW graduate student enrolled in classes for academic year 2016-2017.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application instructions, see UW Hires Req. #131507

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

Application deadline:   May 1, 2016

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants are awarded to aid doctoral or thesis research. The program contributes to the Foundation’s overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity’s cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.


The maximum amount of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant is US $20,000.  Please note that the Foundation has suspended the Osmundsen Initiative supplement  Grants are non-renewable.

Students must be enrolled in a doctoral program (or equivalent, if applying from outside the United States) at the time of application. Students of all nationalities are eligible to apply.  There is no time limit on the duration of the grant, and funding may be requested to cover distinct research phases (for example, two summers) if this is part of the research design. Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1. Final decisions are made six months later.

Eligibility details

  1. Applicants must be currently enrolled for a doctoral degree.
  2. Application must be made jointly with a dissertation supervisor or other scholar who will undertake responsibility for supervising the project.
  3. Qualified doctoral students are eligible without regard to nationality or institutional or departmental affiliation.
  4. Grant funds cannot be released unless the applicant has successfully completed all requirements for the doctoral degree other than the dissertation/thesis. Applications may be submitted before the completion of such requirements; however, all requirements other than the dissertation/thesis must be completed before the start date for the research given by the applicant on the application form. If the application is successful, the Foundation will request confirmation that this requirement has been met.
  5. Dissertation Fieldwork applications that were unsuccessful in a prior funding cycle may be resubmitted only if they are accompanied by a resubmission statement, explaining how the application is different from the prior application and how the referees’ comments have been addressed.
  6. If a Dissertation Fieldwork grant is awarded, the applicant and supervisor must agree to comply with the Requirements and Conditions of the Dissertation Fieldwork Grant.
  7. Applicants who already hold a doctorate irrespective of field are not eligible to apply for a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant leading to a second doctorate.

An additional funding round will be held in Fall 2016, with an application deadline of November 1, 2016

For complete information about this opportunity, including application materials, see:

UW Stroum Center for Jewish Studies Grants & Fellowships

Application deadlines:  March 1 & April 1, 2016

Jewish Studies Opportunity Grants

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies offers support for study abroad experiences and language courses connected to Jewish Studies. These Student Opportunity Grants are separately offered in two cycles: grants for Summer/Fall (due March 1, 2016) and grants for Winter/Spring (due October 14, 2016). Any undergraduate or graduate student planning to be enrolled at the University of Washington for the 2016-2017 academic year is eligible to apply. The amount per grant will be up to $1500. Multiple grants are available.

For graduate students, Jewish Studies Opportunity Grants are intended to help support research, conference attendance, and further study in topics related to Jewish Studies. This research and study can be done domestically or abroad.

Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship Program

The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies launched a new Graduate Fellowship program in 2012. Thanks to the generosity of community supporters, every year a cohort of outstanding graduate students receives $3,000 grants to support research projects related to Jewish Studies. Application materials are due April 1, 2016.

The goal of the Jewish Studies Graduate Fellowship is to build an intellectual community around Jewish Studies. Fellows participate in a workshop series to foster professional development and advance their research agendas. All awardees present their work at the Jewish Studies Spring Research Symposium in Spring Quarter.

For complete information about these opportunities, see: http://jewishstudies.washington.edu/scholarships/

American Folklife Center Funding Opportunities

Application deadline:   March 15, 2016

The American Folklife Center’s competitive awards provide support for scholars working with ethnographic collection materials at the Library of Congress and for fieldworkers on folklife and related topics.

Opportunities open to graduate student applicants include:

The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award

The purpose of the fund is to increase awareness of the ethnographic collections at the Library of Congress and to make the collections of primary ethnographic materials housed anywhere at the Library available to the needs and uses of those in the private sector. Awards may be made either to individuals or to organizations in support of specific projects. In recent years the available amount has of the award has been between $3000 and $4000 and has usually been divided among more than one recipient.

The Henry Reed Fund Award

The Henry Reed Fund was established in honor of old-time fiddler Henry Reed and first awarded in 2004, with an initial gift from founding AFC director and fiddler Alan Jabbour. The purpose of the fund is to provide small awards to support activities directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center. Historically, Reed Awards have ranged from $1000 to $2000.

For complete information about these opportunities, see: http://www.loc.gov/folklife/grants.html

American Philosophical Society (APS) Library Resident Research Fellowship

Application deadline:   March 1, 2016

The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture.

A fellowship stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. The duration of award is requested by the candidate, but the final decision is made by the Fellowship Committee.

PhD candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations are eligible to apply.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: https://amphilsoc.org/grants/resident