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Funding Opportunities in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Advancing the Humanities
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.
Deadlines: September and November

American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grants
The program provides one-year grants up to $20,000 to support research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas: 1) Promoting the connection between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being; 2) Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity; 3) Understanding and preventing violence; and 4) Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster.
Deadline: April 1, 2016

Fulbright Scholar Program
The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Specialist program funds short-term-term collaborative projects at host institutions overseas.
Deadline: Core Program, August 1
Specialist Program accepts applications on a rolling basis

William T. Grant Foundation
The Grant Foundation is interested in research with the potential to improve the lives of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the following areas: “Reducing Inequality,” “Improving the Use of Research Evidence,” and “Connecting Research, Policy, and Practice.”

Deadline: Letter of inquiry applications for research grants are due Jan. 12, 2016, May 5, 2016 and August 4, 2016. The letter of inquiry deadline for the scholars program is July 6, 2016.

* Please contact Sally Morris (smorri41@utk.edu), director of Foundation Engagement, before applying.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Award

The foundation welcomes proposals from all disciplines that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world are particularly encouraged.
Deadline: August 1

Open Society Foundation
The mission of the Foundation is to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. The Open Society funds projects in the areas of Education & Youth, Governance & Accountability, Health, Rights & Justice, and Media & Information.

Deadline: Varies by program- check website.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
In addition to specific calls for proposals, the Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals in the Pioneer Program, which looks beyond the mainstream of health approaches to support potentially transformative innovations.
Deadlines: Varies by program-check website.

* Please contact Sally Morris (smorri41@utk.edu), director of Foundation Engagement, before applying.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Kellogg Foundation supports the development of children and the reduction of vulnerability caused by poverty and racial inequity. Foundation focus areas include “Educated Kids,” “Healthy Kids,” “Secure Families,” “Community & Civic Engagement,” and “Racial Equity.”

Deadline: Online applications may be submitted at any time.

* Please contact Sally Morris (smorri41@utk.edu), director of Foundation Engagement, before applying.

Russell Sage Foundation Research Grants
The Foundation supports research on the causes and consequences of various social problems, as well as basic research aimed at improving the methods, data, and theoretical foundation of social science. Awards are restricted to support for basic social science research within their announced programs. Grants range between $35,000 and $500,000 and are mainly awarded to provide support for analyzing data and writing up results.

Deadline: Proposals must be approved by the Foundation Board, which meets in June and November. Unless otherwise specified in the request for proposals in a particular research competition, the deadline for submissions to the November funding round is mid-August, and to the June round is mid-March.

Social Science Research Council
The SSRC is an international, interdisciplinary network that supports individual scholars, enhances the capacity of institutions, and links researchers with policymakers and citizens to build a more just and democratic world.

Deadline: Varies by program- check website

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Foundation supports original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance. Program areas supported by the Foundation include Workplace, Workforce and Working Families, Information Technology and Dissemination of Knowledge, and Economic Institutions, Behavior and Performance.
Deadline: Letters of Inquiry accepted at any time

Sociological Initiatives Foundations 
The Sociological Initiatives Foundation supports social justice projects with awards from $10,000-$20,000.
Deadline: Concept application August 15, Proposal deadline Nov. 15

John Templeton Foundation
The Foundation’s core funding areas include “Science and the Big Questions,” “Character Virtue Development,” “Individual Freedom and Free Markets,” “Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius,” and “Genetics.”

Deadline: Online Funding Inquiries accepted at any time.

* Please contact Sally Morris (smorri41@utk.edu), director of Foundation Engagement, before applying.

Overseas Research

Council of American Overseas Research Centers
The CAORC Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars at any career stage who have already earned their Ph.D. 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.
Deadline: Jan. 15.

Catalyzing New International Collaborations
This program supports the participation of U.S. researchers and students in activities intended to catalyze new international collaborations. Deadline: Proposals accepted at any time

IREX Short-Term Travel Grants to Eastern Europe
The Short-Term Travel Grants Program (STG) supports scholars and professionals conducting research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
Deadline: TBA

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
The JSPS carries out programs that provide overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements with an opportunity to conduct collaborative research, discussions, and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan.
Deadline: Varies by program. Check guidelines.

Social Science Research Council
The SSRC is an international, interdisciplinary network that supports individual scholars, enhances the capacity of institutions, and links researchers with policymakers and citizens to build a more just and democratic world.
Deadline: Varies by program. Check website

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