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
Please note: only institutions and individuals that are invited to submit nominations for these programs may do so.
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: