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Duke University provides an online searchable database of funding opportunities for research grants, fellowships, and awards in the HUMANITIES, SCIENCES & SOCIAL SCIENCES.

Additionally, some possible sources of grant funding for faculty are listed by disciplinary group below, with links to web sites that offer further information.

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    The federal government is a vast source of grant funds in a wide variety of fields. is a centralized way to search for grant opportunities from multiple federal agencies.
  • American Philosophical Society
    The APS maintains eight major grant or fellowship programs in a wide range of fields. See specifics on three below. Awards are made for research only.
  • Franklin Research Grants
    This program provides small grants to scholars to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes, the purchase of microfilm, photocopies or equivalent research materials, the costs associated with field work, or laboratory research expenses. Awards: $1,000 to $6,000.
  • Library Resident Research Fellowships
    These fellowships support research in the society's library collections. Applicants must demonstrate a need to work in the collections for a minimum of one month and a maximum of three months. Stipend: $2,000 per month.


  • National Endowment for the Arts
    The NEA provides grants in support of a variety of artistic disciplines. Please note that the NEA funds individual artists only through its Literature Fellowships and the honorary American Jazz Masters Fellowships and National Heritage Awards in the Folk & Traditional Arts. Linked to the NEA home page is an online resource for federal funding available for arts and other cultural initiatives through national, state and local funding programs.

Humanities & Social Sciences

  • National Endowment for the Humanities
    The NEH provides grants in support of research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
  • American Council of Learned Societies
    The ACLS is a private non-profit federation of 69 national scholarly organizations. Its mission is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences." The ACLS offers a wide variety of fellowship programs.
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Sabbatical Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
    These fellowships are open to mid-career faculty of universities and four-year colleges in the United States who have been granted a sabbatical/research year but for whom financial support from the parent institution is available for only part of the year. Award: $30,000 to $40,000 for the second half of an awarded sabbatical year.
  • Phillips Fund Grants for Native American Research
    Phillips grants supports research in Native American linguistics and ethnohistory in the continental United States or Canada. Ethnohistory is defined as the study of cultures and culture change through time. Not for work in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or pedagogy. Maximum award $3,500, given for one year; covers travel, tapes, and informants' fees; not for general maintenance or the purchase of permanent equipment.
  • The Newberry Library
    The Newberry Library, located in Chicago, is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities. Its holdings span the history and culture of western Europe from the Middle Ages to the mid-twentieth century and the Americas from the time of first contact between Europeans and Native Americans. The library has a variety of short-term and long-term fellowships to allow scholars from outside the Chicago area to use its collections.


  • American Nurses Foundation
    The ANF Nursing Research Grants program provides funds to nurse researchers, beginner and experienced, to conduct studies that contribute toward the advancement of nursing science and the enhancement of patient care. "Awards are given in all areas of nursing, including healthy patient outcomes, health care policy development, critical care, gerontology, women's health, community and family intervention." In past years awards have ranged from $3,500 to $7,500.
  • National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH)br /> "NINR supports clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan. The research focus encompasses health promotion and disease prevention, quality of life, health disparities, and end-of-life." NINR grants normally go to research institutes and universities. The best chance for research funding for Linfield faculty would be in partnership with faculty at such an institution.


  • National Science Foundation
    NSF has grant programs in the following areas: biology, computer and information sciences, crosscutting, education, engineering, geosciences, international, math, physical sciences, polar research, social sciences, behavioral sciences and economics.
  • GrantsNet
    GrantsNet is a searchable, continuously updated database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education. Special tools and resources allow you to customize searches and obtain up-to-date information on research and education funding.
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
    The foundation's mission is "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world."
  • Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program
    This program provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000 to faculty members who hold a full-time tenure-track academic appointment, be between the fourth and twelfth years of their independent academic careers, and engage in teaching and research primarily with undergraduates. Individuals are nominated by their institutions.
  • Faculty Start-up Awards Program
    This program provides an unrestricted research grant of $30,000 for new faculty members at non-Ph.D.-granting institutions at the start of their research and teaching activities. The grant is awarded in September of the year the new faculty member formally begins the first-year appointment. Individuals are nominated by their institutions.
  • Research Corporation
    Research Corporation is a private operating foundation that aids basic research in the physical sciences (mainly astronomy, chemistry, and physics) at U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities.
  • Cottrell College Science Awards Program
    This program provides between $25,000 and $45,000 in support of "significant research that contributes to the advancement of science and to the professional and scholarly development of faculty at undergraduate institutions along with their students."
  • Cottrell Scholars Award Program
    This program funds the research and teaching of tenure-track beginning faculty members. Eligibility is limited to those in the third year of their first tenure-track position during the calendar year of application.


Other federal agencies that make research grants include:

Additional Information

For more information about faculty grant opportunities, please contact Catherine Jarmin Miller, director of corporate and foundation relations, by email or at 503-883-2494.