Grants and Other Funding Sources
The Humanities have become more like the sciences in at
least one respect: scholars are increasingly expected to secure grants from public or
private granting agencies to supplement, or in some cases cover entirely, the costs of
salary and benefits during leaves. Historians and archaeologists also often require
funding for foreign travel or residence. I have collected below a selection of granting
agencies that support research in Classics and Greek and Roman history. Some focus almost
exclusively on these fields, others include them generally among the Humanities (meaning
that applicants must compete against proposal from a wide array of disciplines). Some
require residence at a particular place; some do not. You'll have to explore around to
find possibilities that might suit your needs.
- Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship. Open to scholars under 40, the Humboldt
Fellowship supports a year's research in Germany.
- American Center for Oriential Research. ACOR offers
residential fellowship opportunities in various countries in the Middle East, especially
- American Council of Learned Societies. The
ACLS offers a wide variety of grant programs for scholars at all stages of their careers,
and has a good record of supporting scholarship in Classics and Greek and Roman history.
- American Philosophical Society offers
a variety of grants for pure research, including a large sabbatical supplement grant.
- American Research Institute in Turkey. ARIT
offers support for scholars working on topics related to the territory of modern Turkey in
all time periods, with libraries and research facilities in Istanbul and Ankara.
- Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
The Council provides fellowships for research overseas; participating centers include the
American School for Classical Studies at Athens, the American Academy in Rome, the
American Institute of Maghrib Studies (Tunisia and Morocco), the American Research Center
in Egypt, the W.F Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the American
Center of Oriental Research in Amman, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and the
Cyprus American Archaeological Research Insitute, among others.
- Dr. M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation. The Foundation supports research in all fields and time
periods related to the Mediterranean with fellowships and publication grants. Write to:
The Dr. M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation, c/o Albany Trustee Company Limited, P.O. Box 232,
Pollet House, The Pollet, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, England. Telephone:
481-724136; fax: 481-710478 or 481-711486.
- The Friends of
the Princeton University Library anticipate awarding up to ten short-term fellowships
for 2000-2001 to promote scholarly use of the research collections. The fellowships, which
have a value of up to $2,000 each, are meant to help defray expenses in traveling to and
residing in Princeton during the tenure of the fellowship. The length of the fellowship
will depend on the applicant's research proposal, but is ordinarily one month. This
round's fellowships are tenable from May 2000 to April 2001. The deadline is 15 January
2000. Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form and budget form, and a
research proposal not exceeding three pages in length. Applicants must also arrange for
two confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the
Fellowship Committee at the Library address.
- Fulbright Program. Founded by
former Arkansas Senator William J. Fulbright, the federally funded Fulbright Program
offers fellowships to US scholars for research or teaching abroad for periods of a few
months up to a full year. Competitiveness varies dramatically depending on the country
which the applicant wants to work in. Fulbright also funds foreign scholars researching or
teaching in the United States.
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The
Guggenheim foundation is one of the most prestigious -- and most competitive -- of all the
private granting agencies.
- Institute for Advanced Study. School of
Historical Studies. The Institute provides a variety of residential fellowships, with
a strong tradition of support for study of the Greco-Roman world.
- National Endowment for the Humanities. Your tax
dollars at work. The NEH is the primary federally funded agency for supporting research in