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Other Opportunities

Field Research
Museum Studies
Pedagogical Grants
Historic Preservation


Supports field investigation by scientists and humanists working to investigate and/or preserve the physical, biological, and cultural heritage. Projects must integrate non-specialists into the research.  Multi-disciplinary or international projects are encouraged. Projects have been funded in anthropology, environmental sciences, textiles, traditional arts, and other areas. Programs record, document, or preserve cultural property and ethnic diversity, including archaeology, oral and folk traditions, decorative arts, vernacular architecture, and antiquities. Awards: $17,000 - $51,000. Deadline: One year before projected fieldwork.

Hudson River Foundation. TIBOR T. POLGAR FELLOWSHIPS
Summer fellowships provide support for graduate or undergraduate students to conduct research on the Hudson River. Objectives include the gathering of important information on all aspects of the river and training students in conducting estuarine studies and public policy research. Fellowships awarded for studies anywhere within the tidal Hudson estuary from New York Harbor to the Federal Dam at Troy, New York. Award: $3,800. Deadline: February 18.
  •MARK B. BAIN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS - Up to four full-time research fellowships are awarded to advanced graduate students conducting research on the Hudson River system.
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited doctoral or master’s program. Award: Doctoral students, $15,000. Graduate students, $11,000. Deadline: March 17.

The Jacobs Research Funds (JRF). KINKADE GRANTS
For 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. 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. Maximum Award: $9,000. Deadline: February 15.

Enable academic scholars to study at a Sloan Industry Center, such as the Harvard Center for Textile and Apparel Research. New Ph.D.’s can take up postdoctoral positions; also for other faculty
holding pre-tenure or post-tenure positions seeking sabbatical or visiting appointments for up to one year. Maximum Award: $50,000. Contact Center Directors by September 15.

Museum Studies

Smithsonian Institution. INTERNSHIPS
For students, museum professionals, and other individuals interested in museum careers.  Interns are placed in Smithsonian departments and offices in projects emphasizing museum methods and current practices in the field. Deadlines vary by area; most common are February 15, March 1, or March 15 for summer; June 15 for fall, and October 15 for winter-
    •FELLOWSHIPS IN MUSEUM PRACTICE (FMP) - For scholars and practitioners to research and write on topics of importance to the museum field. Fellowships are awarded in all subject areas of museum theory and operations. Dissemination can be through a variety of formats such as journal articles, books, lectures, case studies, instructional materials, literature reviews and web sites. The program is open to recipients of master or doctorate degrees (conferred at least one year prior to FMP appointment) who would like to transform their thesis or dissertation into a publication, and to senior museum personnel and experts who have recently completed a major project or investigated an issue of concern and would like to share their findings with the profession. Award: $3,500 per month plus round-trip travel expenses. Deadline: February 15.

Villa I Tatti, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies (Florence, ITALY). THE CRAIG HUGH SMYTH VISITING FELLOWSHIP - A limited number of fellowships, each for three months, are available each academic year for advanced research in any aspect of the Italian Renaissance.  The Fellowship is designed for scholars who do not have the benefit of sabbatical leave. This group includes curators, administrators, and conservators, as well as scholars who, having the primary responsibility of caring for young children, do not have easy access to major research libraries and research. Award: $5,000 per month plus travel expenses.

Curatorial Fellows collaborate to produce an exhibition. Working closely with the program's faculty and curators at the Museum, the students develop proposals for the exhibition, select artwork, arrange loans, and design and oversee the installation of the exhibition and participate in the production of an extended brochure that accompanies their exhibition. Graduate students, candidates for advanced postgraduate degrees, undergraduates with a demonstrated capacity for advanced scholarship or those who have recently completed formal academic study are eligible. Award: $3,500.
Deadline: April 1. 

Pedagogical Grants

American Federation of Teachers. Robert G. Porter Scholars Program
Offers 10 one-time grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education.
Eligible applicants must be AFT members in good standing for at least one year, and pursuing courses in their field of work. Award: $1,000. Deadline: March 31.

International Textile and Apparel Association.  Sara Douglas Fellowship for International Study - Supports a faculty project that will develop international linkages and collaborative cross-cultural research and/or teaching in textiles and apparel. For example, support is provided for visiting scholars or travel to work on specific collaborative projects. This award may not be used to support travel to international meetings. Applicant must be an ITAA member. Award: $2,000. Deadline: April 1.

NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education. Learning and Leadership
For participation in a high-quality professional development experience or to organize a collegial study group that leads to improvements in practice, curriculum, and student achievement in the school or university. Maximum Award: $2,000 for individuals, $5,000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Deadlines: June 1, October 15.   
·Student Achievement Grants -Engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection. Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. Award: $5,000. Deadlines: June 1, October 15.


Spencer Foundation.
For researchers who are affiliated with a college or university, a research facility or a cultural institution, and who have a doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field and/or experience in the teaching profession. Applicants should explain how their proposed research will advance understanding in one or more of the fiveareas of inquiry and align with the Foundation's mission of research toward educational improvement. 1. The Relation between Education and Social Opportunity; 2. Organizational Learning; 3. Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; 4. Purposes and Values of Education;and 5. Field-Initiated Proposals.Deadline for proposals up to $40,000: February 12, April 30, July 9, October 1.For proposals over $40,000, the initial proposal will be used to decide whether to invite an expanded proposal. Deadline: Open.

Historic Preservation

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Williamsburg, VA). GILDER LEHRMAN SHORT-TERM RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS - Support one to three months of research on British America, the revolutionary era, and the early republic. The focus is on areas relating to eighteenth-century Williamsburg and Virginia, the colonial Chesapeake, African American studies, decorative arts and material culture through 1830, archaeology, architectural history, and historical preservation. Award: $2,000. Deadline: May 1.

International Furniture and Design Association Education Foundation. INA MAE KAPLAN HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANT - Applicants must be involved in the interior furnishings industry or a related field and also be involved in an area of historic preservation. Grants may be used for activities and projects such as: obtaining services of consultants with expertise in areas such as architecture, planning, paint, wall-covering, floor covering analysis, archaeology, fund raising, media relations, education or graphic design; designing, sponsoring preservation conferences and workshops; and designing and implementing innovative preservation educational programs. Award: $1,500. Deadline: June 30.

NEW!Maine Community Foundation.Keepers Preservation Education Fund
Provides financial support to aspiring or established preservation professionals to increase or share their professional knowledge or enhance their career potential in historic preservation-related subjects. Awards may be used for tuition, professional meeting attendance, special book or other types of media purchases, or domestic and foreign study travel. Eligible individuals include: 1) Students enrolled full or part-time in institutions of higher learning with majors in historic preservation or allied fields including American studies, anthropology, archeology, architecture, landscape architecture, art history, architectural history, history, planning, economics, or building conservation; 2) Volunteer or paid staff of organizations or entities involved in historic preservation;  or, 3) Practicing professionals in historic preservation-related fields. Individuals must apply through a sponsoring institution or organization. Award: Varies. Deadline: Open.
          • H. Ward Jandl Fellowship supports the study of 20th century building technology and related areas. Preference is for students and young professionals.
          • Rhoad Family Fellowship supports volunteer or paid staff of house museums and similar preservation organizations. House museums and allied museum-oriented organizations from throughout the U.S. are eligible.

James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation.
For mid-career professionals who have an advanced or professional degree and at least ten years experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts. Award: $15,000. Deadline: September 15.

National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).  JOHANNA FAVROT FUND
For historic preservation-related projects that help stimulate public interest in historic preservation and cultural resources, encourage fundraising programs, and assist with specific local needs of a preservation organization. Award: $2,500 - $10,000. Deadlines: February 1.
        • PRESERVATION SERVICES FUND - Provides small matching grants to hire technical consultants, conduct conferences, or develop preservation education programs. Maximum Award: $5,000. Deadlines: October 1, February 1.
        • CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL FUND FOR HISTORIC INTERIORS - For projects that help stimulate public interest in historic interiors, encourage fundraising programs, and assist with specific local needs of a preservation organization.  Award: $2,500 - $10,000.  Deadline: February 1.

New York State Council on the Arts.  ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND DESIGN
Promotes excellence in design and planning in the public realm for the benefit of all New Yorkers. Funds institutions and individuals to support the evolution of the design arts in the following fields: Design fields which are supported include: architecture, landscape architecture, graphic, fashion, industrial, and interior design. New and innovative solutions to design problems in all areas of funding are sought. Maximum Award: $10,000. Must be registered with NYSCA by February 22. Deadline:April 1.



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