2018 Seed Grant Program

OSSR is pleased to announce the 2018 Seed Grant Program. Applications will contribute to the continued growth of the Social Sciences as a research community through the identification, development and submission of external funding proposals. Interdisciplinary applications for social science research will be welcomed. Applications can be downloaded from the link above.

For Doctoral Dissertation Opportunities, scroll to the bottom.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants
These grants aim to establish editions and translations of significant philosophical, historical, literary, and artistic materials. Applicants must include at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar. These grants support full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Applications are due December 7, 2016.

Collaborative Research Grants

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by two or more scholars. Applications are due December 7, 2016.

Public Humanities Projects
Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life. Deadline is January 11, 2017

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability. Deadline is January 11, 2017

Media Projects: Production Grants
The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Production Grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience. Deadline is January 11, 2017

Media Projects: Development Grants
The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Development Grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Deadline is January 11, 2017

Public Scholar Program

The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.  Applications are due February 1, 2017

Summer Seminars and Institutes

Funding is available to support professional development programs in the humanities for school teachers and college and university faculty. Deadline is March 1, 2017

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Applications are due March 14, 2017

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
This program supports individual faculty or staff members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Awards are designed to be flexible, allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative arrangements that best fit their projects. Deadline is April 12, 2017.

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. Deadline is April 26, 2017.


Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. Applications are due April 26, 2017

Fellowship for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

The Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan program is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Awards support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. Deadline is April 26, 2017

Digital Projects for the Public

Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with the humanities. Deadline is June 7, 2017

Research and Development

The Research and Development program supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. Deadline is June 8, 2017.


Arctic Research Opportunities
Investigators from U.S. institutions are invited to submit proposals in order to further understanding of the physical, social, cultural, biological, geological, and chemical conditions of the Arctic. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Cultural Anthropology

Funding is available for scholars to learn new methodological skills (deadline: January 16, 2017) and for senior research (deadline: January 15, 2017). 

Law and Social Sciences

Various programs are available to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Available funds can support workshops, conferences, or research. Applications are due January 17, 2017

Linguistics Program

This program supports scientific inquiry into human language. Deadline is January 17, 2017.

Developmental Sciences

DS supports basic research that increases our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to human development across the lifespan. Deadline: January 17, 2017

Political Science

Funding is available for political scientists to advance knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Applications are due January 17, 2017

Social Psychology

Apply for a grant to support your research on human social behavior, including cultural differences and development over the life span. Deadline is January 17, 2017.


Funding for sociologists supports basic research on all forms of human social organization—societies, institutions, groups, and demography—and processes of individual and institutional change. Deadline is January 17, 2017

Sociology--Strengthening Qualitative Research through Methodological Innovation and Integration

Projects that seek to advance qualitative or mixed methods through creative thinking are eligible to be funded by this program. Deadline is January 15, 2017

Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences

Projects that aim to increase knowledge about the process and effectiveness of decision making by individuals, groups, organizations, and society may be funded through this program. This program funds disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects, doctoral research improvement grants, and workshops. Applications are due January 18, 2017


The Economics program supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part. Many different types of projects, including doctoral research improvement grants, are funded through this program. Deadline is January 18, 2017

Science of Learning

Funding is available for projects that advance basic theoretical insights and fundamental knowledge about learning principles, processes, and constraints. Deadline is January 18, 2017

Science, Technology, and Society

The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) program supports research that uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate the intellectual, material, and social facets of the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines. Deadline is February 2, 2017

Perception, Action, and Cognition

The PAC program funds theoretically motivated research on a wide-range of topic areas focused on typical human behavior. The aim is to enhance the fundamental understanding of perceptual, motor, and cognitive processes and their interactions. Central research topics for consideration by the program include (but are not limited to) vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken language, motor control, categorization, spatial cognition, and the interaction of sleep or emotion with cognitive or perceptual processes. Applications are due February 1, 2017

Science of Organizations

The Science of Organizations (SoO) program funds basic research that yields a scientific evidence base for improving the design and emergence, development and deployment, and management and ultimate effectiveness of organizations of all kinds. Deadline is February 2, 2017

National Institute of Health

Tobacco Regulatory Science Small Grant Program for New Investigators

This fund offers small grants to biomedical, behavioral, and social science researchers who are beginning careers in tobacco regulatory research. Deadline is January 5, 2017

Women and Sex/Gender Differences in Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Dependence

The NIH, National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism request applications to study gender differences in drug and alcohol abuse and addiction and on factors specific to women. Deadline is January 8, 2017

Research on the Health Determinants and Consequences of Violence and its Prevention, Particularly Firearm Violence

The NIH offers funding that can include basic neuroscience and basic behavioral research, intervention development at the individual, family and community level, efficacy trials of interventions based on evidence from basic and translational studies, and research to identify the best ways to disseminate and implement efficacious and evidence-based interventions in real-world settings. Deadline is January 8, 2017

Modeling Social Behavior

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages applications for developing and testing innovative theories and computational, mathematical, or engineering approaches to deepen our understanding of complex social behavior. This research will examine phenomena at multiple scales to address the emergence of collective behaviors that arise from individual elements or parts of a system working together. Deadline is January 8, 2017

Encouraging Appropriate Care Using Behavioral Economics through Electronic Health Records

This award goes to researchers to apply behavioral economics principles to build interventions into electronic health records to improve physician compliance and reduce health disparities. Applications are due January 30, 2017

Education and Health: New Frontiers

This funding opportunity supports research that will further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so to carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of education that are responsible for this relationship and what the mediating factors are that affect the nature of the causal relationship.  Deadline varies (in February 2017), see announcement for more info.

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities

The purpose of these funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) is to encourage behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disability disparities in the U.S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing “health gaps” among groups. Deadline varies (in February 2017), see announcement for more info.

Russel Sage Foundation

Behavioral Economics

The Russell Sage Foundation's program on Behavioral Economics supports innovative research that uses behavioral insights from psychology and other social sciences to examine and improve social and living conditions in the United States. Letters of Inquiry are due January 9, 2017

Future of Work

This funding opportunity supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for less- and moderately-skilled workers and their families. Letters of Inquiry are due January 9, 2017

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

RSF seeks research proposals on the social, economic, and political effects of the changing racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. population, including the transformation of communities and ideas about what it means to be American. Letters of inquiry are due January 9, 2017

Social Inequality

Funding is available for projects that investigate whether rising economic inequality has affected social, political, and economic institutions, and the extent to which increased inequality has affected equality of opportunity, social mobility, and the intergenerational transmission of advantage. Letters of inquiry are due January 9, 2017. 

Intergenerational Mobility in the United States

Funding is available for projects which deepen our understanding of intergenerational mobility by using recently released statistics on mobility from the Equality of Opportunity Project. In this call, we encourage proposals that provide new analyses of on the mechanisms explaining geographic variation in economic mobility or the impacts of policies on economic mobility. Doctoral students may apply. Deadline is March 1, 2017

Visiting Researchers, Visiting Scholars Program, and Visiting Journalist Fellowship

RSF has openings for visiting positions. Applicants must have PhDs, and requirements and benefits vary by position. Deadline for Visiting Researchers and Visiting Journalist Fellowship is May 1, 2017. Visiting Scholars Program Deadline is June 28, 2017

American Council of Learned Societies

Digital Extension Grants

Digital Extension Grants offers funding to extend digital humanities. Deadline is January 25.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program for Recent PhDs

Apply to become a Public Fellow with ACLS. Tenure will be 2 years and can be in various institutions. Applications are due March 2017.

American Sociological Association

Community Action Research Initiative Grant

Funding is available for sociological work done in collaboration with community organizations. Deadline is February 15, 2017

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline

The American Sociological Association and the National Science Foundation offer grants under the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. This fund offers seed money for innovative sociological research. Deadline: June 15 and December 15.

Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant

This fund offers up to $2,500 to individuals or departments to advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Sociology. Deadline is February 1. 

Other Funding Opportunities

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholarship

This award, from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, offers a stipend for junior faculty members to work to make their fields and campuses more inclusive. Deadline is December 15, 2016.

James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellowship

The Association for Psychological Sciences offers funding for psychologists as a supplement to their sabbatical allowance. Deadline is January 15, 2017

Senior Fellowship

Funding is available from the Ford Foundation to senior scholars who have held a PhD for at least 7 years. Deadline is January 31, 2017

Spencer Foundation

The Spencer Foundation offers small grants (less than $50,000) to fund education research. Deadline is February 1, 2017.

Exploratory Research Grants

The Hagley Museum and Library offers funds to support a 1-week visit to explore the collections at Hagley. Spring deadline is March 31

Truman Library Fellowships

Research Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded twice annually to offset the cost of conducting research at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. Deadline is April 1, 2017

Doctoral Dissertation Opportunities

Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity

This opportunity offers funding for graduate research in all areas to increase diversity in scientists researching aging and aging-related health conditions. Deadline: January 16, 2017.

Doctoral/Postdoctoral Fellowships

The American Bar Foundation offers both doctoral and postdoctoral fellowhips. These 2-year fellowships support the next generation of scholars in the field of law and social science.  The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage original and significant empirical and interdisciplinary research on the study of law and inequality. Deadline is January 15, 2017

Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Funding is available from NSF to support dissertation research in cultural anthropology. Deadline is January 17, 2017

Law and Social Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Funding is available from NSF for doctoral students researching issues around law and social sciences. Deadline is January 17, 2017

Linguistics Program Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

This NSF program supports doctoral research on human languages. Applications are due January 17, 2017.

Minority Fellowship Program

The ASA offers funding to support the development and training of sociologists of color. Applications are due January 31, 2017

Dissertation Year Fellowships

The Truman Library offers funding to support historical scholarship on the career of Harry S. Truman or the Truman era. Deadline is February 1, 2017

Charles A. Eastman/Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship

Funds are available for students who have completed all other PhD requirements to finish their dissertations in residence at Dartmouth. Deadline is February 1, 2017

ASA Congressional Fellowship

For PhDs to spend a year getting to know how policy is made, and for policy makers to hear from a social scientists. Deadline is February 15, 2017.

Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
Funding is available for political scientists to advance knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Deadline is June 15, 2017

Archaeology - Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
The NSF offers funding to allow graduate students to engage in innovative research with no limits on specific research type. The program also supports methodological projects that develop analytic techniques of potential archaeological value. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.