Research Universities and Scholarship in the Humanities
The Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the institutions that sustain scholarship in the humanities and "humanistic" social sciences, primarily research universities but also a small number of centers for advanced study and independent research libraries. Particular emphases in this area include (but are not limited to) doctoral education, postdoctoral fellowships, faculty research, and discipline-related projects. On occasion the Foundation has underwritten research on higher education.
In addition to funding postdoctoral fellowships and doctoral training at selected universities (by invitation), the Foundation has initiated a number of programs overseen by institutions that receive individual applications. These programs, and links to their Web sites, are listed below:
Programs Supporting Graduate Students
- Andrew W. Mellon/ACLS Early Career Fellowships (American Council of Learned Societies)
- Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Social Science Research Council)
- IHR Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in the Humanities (Institute of Historical Research, University of London)
- International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships (Social Science Research Council in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies)
- Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources (Council on Library and Information Resources)
Programs Supporting Scholars
- Andrew W. Mellon East-Central European Research Fellows (Council of American Overseas Research Centers)
- Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships (American Council of Learned Societies)
- Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (American Council of Learned Societies)
- New Faculty Fellows (American Council of Learned Societies)
- Sabbatical Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences (American Philosophical Society)
Foundation-Administered Fellowships and Awards
Please note: only institutions and individuals that are invited to submit nominations for these programs may do so.
- New Directions Fellowships
John E. Sawyer Seminars on the Comparative Study of Cultures
The Sawyer Seminars support comparative research on the historical and cultural sources of contemporary developments. Please note: only institutions that are invited may submit proposals to the program.
Please direct initial inquiries by email to:
Before writing, please review the Foundation's general requirements for grant proposals in the Grant Inquiries section of this Web site.