Grant Opportunities in Political Science

Abe Fellowship Program

http://www.ssrc.org/programs/abe-fellowship-program/
Deadline: Sept. 1 annually

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announce the annual Abe Fellowship Program competition. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research in the social sciences or the humanities relevant to any one or combination of the following three themes: (1) global issues, (2) problems common to industrial and industrializing societies, and (3) issues that pertain to US-Japan relations. For further information, please visit the web site or contact the program directly by email at abe@ssrc.org.

American Council of Learned Societies
Fellowships and Grants Programs
http://www.acls.org/
Deadline: usually late September/early October

The American Council of Learned Societies draws together learned societies and affiliates for consideration of shared concerns, particularly those relating to maintaining and improving conditions for scholarship, education, and communication among scholars in the humanities and social sciences. It also directly supports humanistic scholarship through sponsorship of fellowship competitions, international exchange programs, and the creation of scholarly reference works and resources.

American Council of Learned Societies
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars
http://www.acls.org/programs/burkhardt/
Application deadline: late September

These fellowships support long-term, unusually ambitious projects in the humanities and related social sciences. The ACLS will award up to 11 Burkhardt Fellowships in this competition year, each carries a stipend of $75,000.

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Ford Fellowship
http://www.aei.org/page/national-research-grant-and-fellowship-opportunities/
Deadline: contact funder

The National Research Initiative (NRI) supports working papers, books, monographs, edited volumes or research conferences by university-based scholars. NRI-supported projects must relate to a domestic policy issue, and the resulting research should have some direct contact with AEI or the AEI Press. On rare occasions, we also offer visiting fellowships for scholars who want to spend time in Washington and need extended time away from teaching to complete important research.

Full-time professors and academics seeking fellowships or grants should contact the NRI to discuss project ideas.

APSA-Sponsored Programs (The American Political Science Association)

http://www.apsanet.org/content_3115.cfm

APSA sponsors several programs to support individual research and training endeavors, including:

APSA Research and Training Support Programs

Congressional Fellowship Program (December 1 deadline)

Small Research Grant Program (application window open early December to early February)

APSA Centennial Center Visiting Scholars Program (rolling admission)

See the site for the full listing of programs. Other supplementary research support programs are available.

Non-APSA Programs for Individuals

APSA also maintains lists of non-APSA sources available to assist individuals searching for information on funding opportunites (fellowships, grants, scholarships, etc.) for study and research in political science and related disciplines. Well worth looking into, this is an informative site!

NOTE: Links below reference programs that are NOT APSA programs. For information contact the sponsor DIRECTLY.

Other Political Science Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships, Funding (http://www.apsanet.org/forms/grants.cfm)

Minority Scholar Resources (http://www.apsanet.org/content_11662.cfm)

Locating Funding (http://www.apsanet.org/content_11691.cfm)

International Scholar Resources (http://www.apsanet.org/content_16669.cfm)

Studying or Teaching Abroad (http://www.apsanet.org/content_3153.cfm)

Programs for Departments and Institutions

Program and Development Opportunities – includes links to grants, partnership programs, and other development situations. (http://www.apsanet.org/content_17319.cfm)

American Political Science Association
Congressional Fellowship Program
http://www.apsanet.org/content_3031.cfm
Deadline: Dec. 1

A highly selective, nonpartisan, early- to-mid-career program devoted to expanding knowledge and awareness of Congress. For nine months, selected fellows serve on congressional staffs and acquire “hands on” experience while gaining insight into the legislative process, politics, and public service. Through this unique opportunity, APSA seeks to improve the quality of scholarship on and teaching of Congress and American national politics, thereby enhancing public understanding of Congress and policy-making.

American Political Science Association
Small Research Grant Program
http://www.apsanet.org/content_9222.cfm
(application window open early December to early February)

Open to all members, the APSA Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to support the research of political scientists who are not employed at PhD granting institutions and to help further the careers of these scholars. A small number of these grants are awarded annually, and interested individuals should consult the web page before submitting a proposal.

Brookings Joint Visiting Fellowships (Brookings Doha Center – Qatar University Foreign Policy Program)
http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/fellowship/2013/fp13052
Deadlines: The program accepts two Visiting Fellows per academic year. Applications are due late spring for a Visiting Fellowship beginning in Fall 2013, and late summer for a Visiting Fellowship beginning in Spring 2014. See link for exact deadlines.

In 2011 the Brookings Doha Center launched a joint Visiting Fellowship with Qatar University (QU). Over the course of a 4-6 month period, Visiting Fellows teach up to two courses at the university and have the opportunity to conduct original research of their own. Visiting Fellows are expected to author a 4,000 – 6,000 policy briefing on their area of focus, to be published by Brookings. Candidates with a focus on the Gulf region are particularly encouraged to apply.

Civil and Human Rights RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_civil_rights.jhtml
Deadlines: various (see web sites)

Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker’s Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.

Coro Fellows Program

http://www.coro.org/site/c.geJNIUOzErH/b.4667963/

Deadline: typically January

The Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership training program which introduces diverse, intelligent and driven individuals to all aspects of the public affairs arena. Field assignments, site visits, interviews and special individual and group projects prepare Coro Fellows to translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities.

Sixty-eight Fellows are chosen annually each year through a highly competitive selection process for
a nine-month, full-time, post-graduate experiential leadership training program which introduces diverse, intelligent and driven individuals to all aspects of the public affairs arena.

Dirksen Congressional Center
Congressional Research Grants
http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_grants_CRAs.htm
Application deadline: early March

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress.  Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $915,136 to support over 425 projects.

International Affairs/Development RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center

PND Digest
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/
Deadline: various deadlines. Philanthropy News Digest publishes RFPs and notices of awards as a free service for grant-making organizations and nonprofits. Use the “search RFPs” window to search for international affairs grants. The listing is regularly updated.

Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker’s Web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.

(Lyndon B.) Johnson Presidential Library
Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies
http://www.lbjlibrary.org/page/foundation/initiatives/harry-middleton-fellowship-in-presidential-studies
Deadlines: March 15 and Sept. 15

Lady Bird Johnson created the Harry Middleton fellowship to support scholarly work in Presidential studies and to honor Mr. Middleton’s contributions to the Presidential library system.  Harry Middleton was a speechwriter for President Johnson and served as Director of the LBJ Library from 1972 to 2002.

Fellowship recipients must conduct research at the LBJ Library and at least one other facility of the National Archives and Records Administration.  Post-doctoral fellows may apply, but preference is given to doctoral students whose dissertation research highlights how history can illuminate current and future policy issues.

The Foundation generally awards two $5,000 fellowships annually.  A larger amount may be awarded when special circumstances, such as international travel, warrant it.
• Fall Term:  June 1 – December 31. Application deadline is March 15
• Spring Term:  January 1 – August 31. Application deadline is September 15

– See more at: http://www.lbjlibrary.org/page/foundation/initiatives/harry-middleton-fellowship-in-presidential-studies#sthash.ThV0SCZd.dpuf

(Robert Wood) Johnson Foundation
Scholars in Health Policy Research Program
http://healthpolicyscholars.org/
Deadline: mid-October

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program is a two-year fellowship targeted to outstanding new PhDs in economics, political science, and sociology to advance their involvement in health policy research.

The program enables up to 9 individuals to spend two years at one of three nationally prominent universities, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley (in collaboration with the University of California at San Francisco), and The University of Michigan.

(John F.) Kennedy Library
Research Grants and Fellowships
http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Grants-and-Fellowships.aspx
Deadline: various

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers competitive research fellowships and grants every year to scholars and students who wish to make use of the archival holdings (including audiovisual materials) of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. See web link for complete descriptions of five different fellowships.

Factors to keep in mind when applying for our research fellowships:

  • Candidates may apply for only one fellowship in a given year.
  • The review committee will assess each application with the most relevant fellowship opportunity in mind.
  • Only complete applications (pdf) will be considered; those received after the deadline will be considered for the next funding cycle.

Miller Center of Public Affairs
Fellowships in Contemporary History, Public Policy, and American Politics
http://millercenter.org/academic/dgs/fellowship
Application deadline: late January/early February (check site)

The Miller Center Fellowship program funds scholars completing dissertations that employ history to shed light on American politics, public policy, foreign relations, the impact of global affairs on the United States, or media and politics. The program provides up to eight $22,000 grants to support one year of research and writing. Along with the fellowship grant, the Miller Center assists the fellow in choosing a senior scholar from their field to serve as fellowship “mentor.” This mentor will suggest relevant literature to frame the project, read the fellow’s work, and give general advice on research.

National Endowment for Democracy
Fellowships
http://www.ned.org/fellowships
Deadline: typically early October

Currently offers:
(1) Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program : Named in honor of the two principal founders of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell, the program enables democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world to deepen their understanding of democracy and enhance their ability to promote democratic change.
(2) Visiting Fellows Program : In recent years, the International Forum for Democratic Studies has hosted a small unfunded Visiting Fellows Program, offering scholars and practitioners with outside funding an opportunity to conduct research and carry out projects at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Forum has hosted Visiting Fellows from a wide range of countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, the Republic of Georgia, the Republic of Korea, Romania, and Turkey, as well as the United States.

National Endowment for Democracy
Funding Source Database
http://www.ned.org/grantseekers/funding-source-database
Deadline: various

A database containing information on over 100 philanthropic organizations that provide funding for groups working in the area of international democratic development. Each organization includes: Contact information, regional interest, mission statement, and limitations. The content found in this guide was primarily collected from print publications and from web sites of the organizations. Official and up-to-date information should be requested directly from the organizations themselves.

National Science Foundation
Political Science Program
http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5418
Deadline: mid-January and mid-August

The Political Science Program promotes basic scientific research on politics: political behavior, processes and institutions. The program solicits research proposals of theoretical importance in all empirical subfields within the discipline of political science. To find opportunities, do a keyword search.

Open Society Institute Fellowships

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/open-society-fellowship

Deadline: early August (check web site)

The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the foundations’ expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization’s ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues.

Open Society Institute International Policy Fellowships

See web site for various offerings and news on this topic.

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/search?key=international+policy+fellowships

Public Affairs RFPs Posted by the Foundation Center PND Digest
http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_public_affairs.jhtml
Deadline: various

The Foundation Center maintains a list of grant opportunities under several diverse headings, including Public Affairs, and these are updated regularly. Each RFP listing provides a brief overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation or other grantmaking organization. Interested applicants should read the full RFP at the grantmaker’s web site or contact the grantmaker directly for complete program guidelines and eligibility requirements before submitting a proposal to that grantmaker.

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)
Prizes and Fellowships

http://www.shafr.org/members/fellowships-grants/

Deadlines: various–several programs

SHAFR promotes excellence in research and teaching in the history of U.S. foreign relations. Our mission is to promote the study, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge about American foreign relations. Our members work and live in over 40 countries and work in fields ranging from U.S. history, world history, international relations, area studies, and beyond.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Fellows and Scholars Page
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/fellowships-grants
Deadline: Oct. 1

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars welcomes outstanding and award winning scholars, practitioners, journalists and public intellectuals to take part in its non-partisan dialogue. Each year, the Center hosts around 160 scholars who conduct independent research on national and/or international issues addressing key public policy challenges. Through its scholars, the Center enriches crucial policy debates and provides a platform for scholars in the tradition of President Wilson to bring the worlds of policy and ideas together. The Center hosts scholars in residence through a variety of ways including its flagship international Fellowship Program, its Public Policy Scholar Program and through individual Center Scholar Programs.