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Below are resources for collaborative research in the humanities, along with general humanities funding information and other useful links for literature and language studies.

Resources for Collaborative Research

Resources at Stanford

National and International Resources

Please see the important notes about Stanford's research policies before planning a proposal to an external funder.

  • Getty Collaborative Research Grants. These grants support collaborative research on art and art history, particularly those that "foster a cross-fertilization of ideas and methodologies." Application deadlines are in early November for the following academic year.

  • NEH Collaborative Research Grants. The NEH awards grants of one to three years for full- or part-time collaborative research activities. Application deadlines are in early November for the following academic year.

General Humanities Funding Information

Please see the important notes about Stanford's research policies before planning a proposal to an external funder.

Stanford Resources for Foundation Fundraising

  • Office of Foundation Relations, Stanford University. This office's web site provides a coordination list of proposals, a list of current requests for proposals, newsletters, terminology, and links to related offices. The Director of Faculty-Foundation Relations is Martha Coleman. She can assist Stanford faculty in researching and approaching foundations. Email: martha.coleman@stanford.edu; phone 650 725 5998. The information on foundations below is provided by Martha Coleman.

Selected Foundations

Foundations Funding Humanities
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, New York. The Humanities program supports a broad range of activities including archaeology; languages (both classical and modern); philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; and history, criticism, and theory of the arts.

  • Ford Foundation, New York. Relevant programs: Knowledge, Creativity, and Freedom with subprograms in Education, Sexuality, and Religion; and Media, Arts, and Culture.

  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, New York. The Foundation only makes grants to individuals, not institutions; it offers fellowships to assist research and artistic creation in fields of natural sciences, social sciences, and creative arts.

  • Henry Luce Foundation, New York. The Foundation's Higher Education program has interest in interdisciplinary studies; the Foundation also has interests in American art and in Asia, including Asian languages.

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York. Relevant Mellon Foundation programs include Higher Education and Scholarship with a subprogram in Research Universities and Humanistic Scholarship; Museums and Art Conservation; and Performing Arts.

  • Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia. The Trust's program called Optimizing America's Cultural Resources offers opportunities for humanities scholars.

  • Rockefeller Foundation, New York. The Foundation offers Resident Fellowships through the Humanities and the Study of Culture, the Film/Video/Multimedia Fellowship Program, and the Multi-Arts Production Fund.

Foundations Funding Literature
  • Max Kade Foundation, New York. The Foundation offers a post-doctoral research exchange program between the U.S. and Europe to support various disciplines, including language/linguistics and literature; it has an interest in the training of language teachers and in the German language. It currently has no web site, but publishes an occasional report. More information from the Foundation Center...

  • Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM. The Foundation's literacy program supports the creation and presentation of exceptional literature in English.

  • SBC Foundation, San Antonio, TX. SBC maintains a corporate foundation with interests in technology and underserved populations. Its relevant programs include Education and the Arts and Cultural Program for projects that integrate technology into the arts experience. SBC supports some projects related to literature and language.

  • The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. This foundation provides seed money in support of projects related to poetry.


  • COS Funding Opportunities Database. COS is updated daily, with over 400,000 funding opportunities in a wide range of disciplines, and is accessible to members of the Stanford community.

  • IRIS Database. IRIS offers over 8,000 federal and private sources in arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. It is accessible to members of the Stanford community.

Other Public Funding Organizations

Links and Information

Important Notes on Research Policies

Eligibility. Before writing a proposal to an external funder, potential applicants should review eligibility requirements of both the grantmaking organization and Stanford University. Stanford's eligibility policies can be found in the Research Policy Handbook. Many grantmakers won't fund applications from individuals, only from non-profit organizations such as universities. In these cases, Academic Council (tenured or tenure-track) faculty members at Stanford are eligible to apply for grants as representatives of the university; that is, they apply to serve as Principal Investigators on the project, but the grant is technically awarded to the university. Lecturers and other non-Academic Council scholars are generally not eligible to serve as PIs.

Working with the OSR. The Office of Sponsored Research administers grants awarded to PIs. The OSR must review any application before it is sent to a grantmaker; the OSR should receive the application at least three days before it is due to be sent.

Alternatives for non-faculty members and students. Lecturers and others who don't meet eligibility requirements for PIship might consider partnering with a faculty member as an Associate Investigator or Co-investigator. Also, see the Foundation Center's information for individual grantseekers. Funding opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral study (not requiring PIship) can be found in the ARIS student database.

Other Useful Links
  • 826 Valencia. This San Francisco organization offers great volunteer opportunities for those who love writing and reading.

  • Pablo Neruda: A Documentary web site. Learn more about the Pablo Neruda documentary, produced, directed, and written by Mark Eisner, a visiting scholar at Stanford's Center for Latin American Studies.

  • Resources in German Thought. This page lists resources at Stanford for graduate students interested in German, comparative literature, philosophy, theory, and related fields.

  • Voice of the Shuttle. This humanities research database was named "Best of the Web" for academic research (Forbes, Summer 2002).

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