Funding Sources for Humanities Scholars

Are you looking for additional support for your work? The list below is updated on an ongoing basis, if you are aware of other funding sources please let us know at

§ Key Resource
Foundation Relations provides proposal development resources to faculty and staff. Updated weekly, their website includes curated upcoming funding opportunities, insights and advice for applying to specific foundations, commonly required documents for foundation proposals, and annotated sample proposals. Foundation Relations “connects you to grant opportunities from the nation’s largest foundations, covering natural and medical sciences, healthcare and health policy, poverty, sustainability, engineering, social sciences research, arts and humanities. We know many of these funders well, and we provide extra insight to help you submit the strongest proposal possible.”

§ Internal

This research program is intended to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new, groundbreaking initiatives with major societal impact through the establishment of a distributed, highly responsive seed-funding program. LSA’s MCubed information.

Michigan Humanities Award (MHA)
LSA tenured, full-time faculty engaged in major scholarly and creative projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree.

Institute for the Humanities Fellowships
The Institute for the Humanities funds faculty fellowships, graduate student fellowships, and mini-grants in support of interdisciplinary projects with a public component.

LSA Gateway Research Funding
The LSA Gateway page on research funding includes links to information on the following: internal LSA programs; LSA/UMOR faculty grants and awards; Rackham funding; UMOR funding, finding funding; and more.

LSA Humanities Faculty Assistance

The LSA Research Office provides a valuable resource helping faculty develop a plan to move their research project forward for funding, both external and internal. Ben Friedline and Steve Beach ( are available to work with any LSA humanities faculty member and their departmental research administration structure to:

  • help to find Sponsors external to UM;

  • use eGIF for internal funding;

  • edit your project proposal prior to submission;

  • provide access to successful examples of funded projects;

  • connect you with departmental Research Administrators who can help you with your budget, provide a checklist of sponsor requirements, and assist with routing your proposal for University approvals (ie PAF process).

Please feel free to contact the LSA Research Office if you want to talk more about a project you are working on. They are happy to work with you whether you are already working on a grant proposal or whether you are in the very first stages of a project idea and aren’t sure what funding sources might be available.

TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)
This program supports open access to peer-reviewed digital monographs that are free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Instructional/Research Faculty, Librarians, Curators, and Archivists are eligible. Lecturers and postdocs are not currently eligible.

Advance Succeed
This program supports tenure-track and tenured faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences with career needs (e.g., research travel, childcare during research travel, book editing, professional development such as workshops, and supplies).

Associate Professor Support Fund
Available through the LSA Gateway:
Research>Funding>Internal LSA Programs
This program supports LSA associate professors to help them prepare for promotion to full professor. In the humanities, this program supports summer ninths, course “buy downs,” GSRAs, editing/translation work, or funds to travel to a distant site.

Michigan Humanities Award
Available through the LSA Gateway:
Research>Funding>Internal LSA Programs
This program provides a scholarly activity leave for one term with salary. Applicants must be tenured, full-time LSA faculty members in the humanities or social sciences.

§ External

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH provides opportunities for research grants including Collaborative Research, Digital Humanities, Digital Projects for the Public, Documenting Endangered Languages, Bridging Cultures through Film and many more.

NEH Funding Opportunities Flyer
Reference guide generated by the LSA Research Office summarizing NEH funding opportunities. The list is a helpful compilation of NEH opportunities classified by type and including fellowships; infrastructure, preservation, and public access projects; digital and media projects; and education and training projects. Each opportunity includes links, maximum award amounts, deadlines, and success rates.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
The University can nominate two faculty members for these fellowships providing $6,000 in the form of salary support. The scope of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) support “includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.”

National Humanities Center Fellowship
The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for September 2017 through May 2018.  Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials.  Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply.  Emerging scholar with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply.  The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation.

Humanities Without Walls
An extensive consortium of fifteen humanities institutes in the Midwest funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Humanities Without Walls aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation.