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External Research and Funding Resources

Selected Opportunities for International Research and Funding

Undergraduate

American Association of Teachers of Japanese

  • Bridging Scholarships: The Bridging Project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations makes it possible to award about 100 scholarships each year to assist students with the travel and living expenses they will incur while studying abroad in Japan for a semester or an academic year. Bridging Scholarship recipients receive a stipend of $2,500 (for students on semester-long programs) or $4,000 (for students on academic year programs). Applications are due in April and October of each year.

Global Studies Foundation

  • Global Studies Grant for Student Travel and Study Abroad: Designed to support foreign language training and other academic studies abroad, this grant provides supplemental funds for American students who already are studying abroad under the auspices of an official study abroad program conducted by an accredited academic institution. Grants of $1,000.

German Academic Exchange Service

  • Undergraduate Scholarships The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose projects or programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year.
  • Research Internships in Science and Engineering Summer internships in Germany for US and Canadian undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. RISE fellows work directly with doctoral students in research groups at top German universities and institutions and can expect to gain serious hands-on research experience.
  • University Summer Course Grant This program provides scholarships to attend a broad range of three- to four-week summer courses at German universities which focus mainly on German language and literary, cultural, political and economic aspects of modern and contemporary Germany. Extensive extracurricular programs complement and reinforce the core material.

Foundation for Global Scholars

  • General Scholarship: Scholarships of $500 - $2,500 are available for U.S. and Canadian citizens to study internationally. Award amounts vary with the average scholarship being $1,000. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students, as well as students in medical school, law school, and graduate school. Applications are accepted three times yearly (November, March, and July).
  • STA Travel Scholar Award: Scholarships of $500 - $2,500 are available for U.S. and Canadian citizens to study internationally. Recipients must have an academic major in the fields of photography, film and art, travel and tourism, international business, international studies, or a foreign language. Award amounts vary with the average scholarship being $1,000. Applications are accepted three times yearly (November, March, and July).

Fund for Education Abroad

  • FEA is committed to increasing opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships. As many as 15 scholarships of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks between June 2012 and May 2014.

Graduate

Social Science Research Council – Fellowships and Grants

  • Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship: The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) fellowship program supports research on drug policy, citizen security and democratic governance, as well as associated topics across the social sciences and related disciplines. The DSD Program provides dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 12 months of research. Candidates based outside of Latin America or the Caribbean must spend at least three months conducting research in the region. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan; however, support will be provided for travel and living expenses as well as associated research costs.
  • DPDF Student Fellowship Competition: The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) is organized to help early-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective doctoral dissertation proposals. Each year, the program offers dissertation proposal development under the leadership of pairs of tenured senior faculty in the US and abroad who define emerging or reinvigorated multidisciplinary research fields. These research field directors lead groups of 12 graduate students through two workshops during the fellowship cycle. Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs.
  • International Dissertation Research Fellowship: Offers nine to twelve months of support to graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually.  Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000.
  • Abe Fellowship: The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving. The program provides Abe Fellows with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 months of full-time support over a 24 month period. Application deadline is September 1 annually.

Institute of Turkish Studies

  • Post-doctoral Summer Travel Grants: Post-Doctoral Summer Travel Grants to scholars in the social sciences and humanities for travel to Turkey to carry out research projects. Normally, the recipients of these grants are expected to spend a minimum of four weeks in Turkey. Maximum award is round-trip airfare to Turkey.
  • Grants for the Publication of Scholarly Books and Journals: Grants for the Publication of Scholarly Books and Journals to cover part of the publication costs of scholarly books and journals in the field of Turkish Studies to be published in the U.S. The maximum award is 25% of publication costs.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

  • Doctoral Fellowships: Doctoral candidates may apply for financial support for writing their dissertations. Applicants should have completed all other requirements for their Ph.D. degree except the dissertation. The maximum amount of each Doctoral Fellowship award is $15,000. These grants are intended to provide support for research in the field of Chinese Studies in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Dissertation Fellowships for ROC Students Abroad: The Foundation provides grants for ROC students abroad to help finance the completion of dissertations in the humanities and social sciences. Only students who have graduated from accredited universities or colleges in the Republic of China and who do not have foreign permanent residence status or citizenship are eligible to apply. A dissertation fellowship is limited to $15,000.

The Belgian American Educational Foundation – Fellowships for Study or Research in Belgium

  • The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) encourages applications for fellowships for advanced study or research during one academic year, at a Belgian University or institution of higher learning. The B.A.E.F. will award up to eight fellowships each carrying a stipend of $25,000 for one year. Applicants must either be registered in a graduate program towards a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the United States, or register in a graduate program in Belgium, or hold a Master's, Ph.D., or equivalent degree. Preference is given to applicants under the age of 30 with a reading and speaking knowledge of Dutch, French, or German.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation – Awards for Study in Scandinavia
http://www.amscan.org/grants_americans.html

  • The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields. Applicants must have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential. Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia. Grants are considered especially suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

American Australian Association – USA to Australia Fellowship Program

  • The Association awards fellowships each year at the graduate (Masters, PhD or post- doctoral) level of up to AU$30,000 for US scholars undertaking advanced research or study in Australia. Fellowships are available for Americans who will benefit from doing research or study in the fields of life sciences, medicine, engineering or mining. There is particular interest in the fields of oceanography/marine sciences & stem cell research. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents doing research or study at the graduate level.

Foundation for Global Scholars

  • General Scholarship: Scholarships of $500 - $2,500 are available for U.S. and Canadian citizens to study internationally. Award amounts vary with the average scholarship being $1,000. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students, as well as students in medical school, law school, and graduate school. Applications are accepted three times yearly (November, March, and July).

Faculty/Staff

Global Studies Foundation

  • Global Studies Grant for Faculty Travel and Professional Development: This grant is designed to encourage and support faculty travel abroad, as well as the integration of this international experience into courses or curriculum. Longer exposure and formative experiences abroad are preferred, as is language training. Applications are due by July 1 for grants of $1,000.

German Academic Exchange Service

  • Research Visit Grant for Faculty Grants for one to three months are offered in all academic disciplines to scholars at US and Canadian institutions of higher education to pursue research at universities, libraries, archives, institutes or laboratories in Germany. Grants are awarded for specific research projects and cannot be used for travel only, attendance at conferences or conventions, editorial meetings, lecture tours or extended guest professorships.
  • Visiting Professorships This program serves to strengthen the internationalization of the educational experience for scholars, host institutions, and students by welcoming educators from North America to university campuses in Germany for guest lectureships. The lack of restrictions on which disciplines and subject matter are to be taught makes this one of our most dynamic programs; and it follows that courses need not be taught in German.
  • Group Study Visits Financial support for subject-related academic information visits to Germany organized by faculty members for groups of students. Group Study Visit grants are intended to encourage contact with academic institutions, groups and individuals in Germany, and offer insight into current issues in the academic, scientific, economic, political and cultural realms. Deadline is November 1, February 1, and May 1, annually.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

  • The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $10,500 each will be given.

Institute of Turkish Studies

  • Sabbatical Research Grants: Sabbatical Research Grants for faculty members conducting research in the field of Turkish Studies during the course of their sabbaticals. This award will be awarded to one or two scholars each year in the field of Turkish Studies in the amount of $25,000 per recipient.
  • Post-doctoral Summer Travel Grants: Post-Doctoral Summer Travel Grants to scholars in the social sciences and humanities for travel to Turkey to carry out research projects. Normally, the recipients of these grants are expected to spend a minimum of four weeks in Turkey. Maximum award is round-trip airfare to Turkey.
  • Grants for the Publication of Scholarly Books and Journals: Grants for the Publication of Scholarly Books and Journals to cover part of the publication costs of scholarly books and journals in the field of Turkish Studies to be published in the U.S. The maximum award is 25% of publication costs.

Trust for Mutual Understanding

  • The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support the international travel component of cultural and environmental exchanges conducted in partnership with institutions and individuals in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. Priority consideration is given to projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction, with the potential for sustained collaboration; that show evidence of professional accomplishment and innovation; and/or that respond to social contexts and engage local communities. Letter of inquiry deadlines are February 1 and August 1. Most grants are between $15,000 - $25,000.

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

  • The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) is devoted to strengthening democracy and human rights in Taiwan and abroad. The Foundation's primary concerns are to further consolidate Taiwan's democratic system, to promote democracy in Asia, and to participate actively in the global democratic network. The TFD has three grants programs: international grants, domestic grants, and grants to Taiwan’s major political parties. The TFD’s international grants program is designed to assist organizations based outside of Taiwan to carry out projects to promote democracy and human rights. International non-governmental organizations, academic institutions or think tanks, and other related organizations are eligible to apply. Funding is provided for conferences, advocacy projects, research, publications, and educational programs. Applications are accepted at any time, and most grants are between $3,000 - $20,000.

The Wenner Gren Foundation - supports significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation, fosters the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology, and provides leadership at the forefronts of the discipline.

  • Post-Ph.D. Research Grants Awarded to individuals holding a Ph.D. or equivalent degree to support individual research projects. The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. There is no preference for any methodology, research location, or subfield. Post-Ph.D. Research Grants provide a maximum of US $20,000. Application deadlines are May 1 and November 1.
  • International Collaborative Research Grants The International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG) supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars, where the principal investigators bring different and complementary perspectives, knowledge, and/or skills to the project. By encouraging international collaborations, the grant contributes to the development of an international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources. The grants are for a maximum of $30,000 for the research project. Application deadlines for International Collaborative Research Grants are June 1 and December 1.

The Christopher Reynolds Foundation

  • The Foundation supports work to strengthen contacts and understanding between citizens and institutions in the US and citizens and institutions in Cuba. This includes programs intended to complement the work of Cubans as they determine their future paths in a variety of fields. The Foundation also supports programs intended to examine current US policy toward Cuba and whether it best serves the national interest. Letters of inquiry are accepted at any time, and phone inquiries are encouraged. Grants range from $10,000-$70,000.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

  • The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Most awards fall within the range of $15,000 to $40,000 per year for periods of one or two years. Since the foundation prefers to make contributions exclusively to the direct costs of research, it commonly funds the costs of fieldwork, including travel, living expenses, local research assistance, insurance, transcription costs, necessary software/equipment, visa fees, gifts/remuneration for informants or survey participants, and other relevant expenditures. New grants are considered once a year.

Council on Foreign Relations – International Affairs Fellowships

  • International Affairs Fellowship in Japan Seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid- career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. Interested candidates who meet the program's eligibility requirements can apply online between June 1 and October 1 on an annual basis.
  • International Affairs Fellowship in South Korea Seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and South Korea by expanding cultural exchange and enhancing communication between both countries on global issues. The program assists mid-career scholars and professionals from the public and private sectors to advance their analytic capabilities and broaden their foreign policy experience in South Korea. The duration of the fellowship is between four and twelve months. The program awards a stipend which covers living expenses in Seoul, South Korea plus international travel and necessary research expenses. Applications must be submitted by October 1 annually.
  • International Affairs Fellowship Assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. The program aims to strengthen career development by helping outstanding individuals acquire and apply foreign policy skills beyond the scope of their professional and scholarly achievements. The IAF Program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of twenty-seven and thirty-five who are eligible to work in the United States. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, preferably beginning in September. The program awards a stipend of $85,000. Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online between June 1 and October 1 on an annual basis.
  • International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security Offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places selected fellows in U.S. government positions or international organizations for a period of twelve months to work with practitioners. The IAF-NS is only open to faculty members with tenure or on tenure-track lines at accredited universities and who propose to conduct policy-relevant research on nuclear security issues. Application materials must be submitted by November 1, annually. The program awards a stipend of $125,000.
  • Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship Offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. Qualified candidates must be junior (non-tenured) faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or pre-doctoral candidates from any discipline who are working on a nuclear security related issue. Application materials must be submitted by December 14, annually. The program awards a stipend of $100,000 for junior (non-tenured) faculty; $75,000 for post-doctoral; and $50,000 for pre-doctoral fellows.

Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

  • Research Grants: Scholars at academic institutions in the U.S. are eligible to apply for research grants. Researchers focusing on the social, cultural, economic or political development of Taiwan over the past few decades are especially encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to collaborative projects with scholars in Taiwan. Research grants are usually given for no more than two years.
  • Fellowship Grants
    • CCK Scholar Grants: Tenured faculty, including full professors and associate professors, may apply for a CCK Scholar Grant of up to $40,000 or $35,000, respectively, to help replace half of the salary of faculty on sabbatical, or for time off for research and writing.
    • CCK Junior Scholar Grants: The Foundation provides postdoctoral scholars and assistant professors without tenure who have taught for no more than 6 years since receiving their Ph.D. degree with grants for time off for research and writing. These grants will be for one year. The maximum amount of each award is
  • Conference/Seminar/Workshop Grants: The Foundation will consider applications from institutions for grants to hold conferences, workshops, or seminars on specific subjects related to the Foundation's goals and objectives. Applicants are urged to seek matching funds. The academic background of the participants and the significance of the meeting will be key factors in the evaluation process. Budgets for conferences should not exceed $25,000. Applications should be filed before Sep. 15, or Feb. 15 for conferences to be held during the following six-month period.
  • Publication Subsidies: Academic publishers may apply for subsidies for the publication of scholarly works related to the goals of the Foundation. Applications will be accepted for specific completed book manuscripts, but not for books to be published in a series. Publication subsidies usually range between $5,000 to $10,000. Academic societies may apply for grants to subsidize the publication of the first two issues of a new periodical. Application deadlines are September 15 and January 15.