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  1. The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
    1. Due: Yearly - November 1st
    2. Funded by:
    3. Information: In order to be eligible for the Class of 2018, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who is planning on starting or continuing an eligible graduate degree program full time in the United States in the 2018-2019 academic year.
  2. Saiid Foundation Scholarships
    1. Due: Yearly - November 1st
    2. Funded by:
    3. Information: The Saïd Foundation Scholarships Programme aims to promote education and development in the Middle East by providing educational and training opportunities to outstanding individuals who demonstrate the potential to become leaders and innovators of change.
  3. Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
    1. Due:  Bi-yearly - November 1st // May 1st
    2. Funded by: Wenner-Gren Foundation
    3. Information: For students enrolled in a doctoral program (or equivalent if outside the U.S.) to support research in any area of anthropology. Qualified scholars are eligible without regard to nationality, institutional, or departmental affiliation.
  4. International Dissertation Research Fellowship
    1. Due: November 7th 2017
    2. Funded by: The Social Science Research Council
    3. Information: The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) 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.
  5. Harowitz Research Grants
    1. Due: December 1, 2017
    2. Funded by: Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
    3. Information: The foundation supports projects with a social policy application on either a global or local level. Applications are evaluated based on the Trustees’ assessment of criteria such as: feasibility, applicability, originality, methodology, theoretically informed or empirically rich research, and letters of recommendation. 
  6. Pre-doctoral Dissertation Research in Iranian Studies
    1. Due: January 10, 2018
    2. Funded by: The American Institution of Iranian Studies
    3. Information: AIIrS offers fellowships for one- to two-month research travel to countries with resources essential to the dissertation. These fellowships enable students in the field of Iranian Studies to acquaint themselves with the range of academic activities and resources in relevant foreign countries.
  7. Palestinian Research Fellowships
    1. Due by: January 15, 2018
    2. Funded by: Palestinian American Research Center
    3. The research project must make a contribution to Palestinian Studies. Research can be in the arts, humanities and social sciences, including inter-disciplinary studies in public health, the environment, and aspects of science directly related to Palestinian Studies.
  8. Cultural Anthropology Grants
    1. Due: January 16, 2018
    2. Funded by: The National Science Foundation
    3. Information: The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability.
  9. Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program
    1. Due by: January 31, 2018
    2. Funded by: The Council of American Overseas Research Centers
    3. This fund 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.
  10. NEH Senior Research Fellowship Program
    1. Due: January 31, 2018
    2. Funded by: The Council of American Overseas Research Centers
    3. This fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the US for three or more years.
  11. ICWA Fellowship Program
    1. Due by: March 1, 2018
    2. Funded by: Institute of Current World Affairs
    3. Information: An ICWA Fellowship represents a generous investment in the future of a Fellow. The ultimate aim of the ICWA Fellowship program is to cultivate deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures.
  12. Wadsworth International Fellowships
    1. Due: Yearly - March 1st
    2. Funded by: Wenner-Gren Foundation
    3. Information: The Wadsworth International Fellowships are intended to provide support for students undertaking study leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree at universities where they can receive international-level training in anthropology.
  13. Seed Grants
    1. Due: March 1, 2018
    2. Funded by: The Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation
    3. Information: Seed Grants provide modest start-up funding to conduct applied research or to pilot initiatives that fall beyond the scope of its Doctoral and Faculty Research programs. Proposals are welcomed from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields.
  14. The Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation / BRISMES Scholarships
    1. Due by: March 31, 2018
    2. Funded by: British Society for Middle Eastern Studies
    3. Information: The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage more people to pursue postgraduate studies in disciplines related to the Middle East in British universities.
  15. Division of Research Programs Fellowships
    1. Due: April 11, 2018
    2. Funded by: National Endowment for the Humanities
    3. Information: Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.
  16. Al Alfi Foundation Sustainable Development Fellowship
    1. Due: April 15, 2018
    2. Funded by: The American University in Cairo
    3. Information: Fellowship applicants must possess professional experience and exceptional skills, as well as an outstanding passion for sustainable development. The program enables qualified Egyptian applicants to the Master in Science in sustainable development to receive a waiver of tuition fees.
  17. Cynthia Nelson Endowed Fellowships in Gender and Women's Studies (IGWS)
    1. Due: April 15, 2018
    2. Funded by: The American University in Cairo
    3. Information: In addition to full or partial tuition support, the highly competitive Cynthia Nelson Endowed Fellowships in Gender and Women's Studies (IGWS) will provide students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member on research and other professional endeavors.
  18. Foundation for Middle East Peace Grants
    1. Due by: Yearly – August 31
    2. Funded by: Foundation for the Middle East Peace
    3. Information: We give small grants to a diverse range of organizations that produce original research, critical analysis, effective educational tools, and that lead on-the-ground organizing.
  19. Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life
    1. Due by: April 30th 2018
    2. Funded by: Women’s World Summit Foundation
    3. The Prize aims to draw international attention to laureates' contributions to sustainable development, food security and peace, thus generating recognition and support for their initiatives and projects.
  20. Visiting Research Scholar Program
    1. Due by, November 20, 2017
    2. Funded by: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
    3. ISAW's scope embraces research and graduate education in the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa.
  21. The Sultan Program Fellowship
    1. Due by: February 2, 2018
    2. Funded by Center for Middle Eastern Studies
    3. The Sultan Program supports teaching, research, and public outreach on topics related to the Arab and Arab-Islamic world.
  22. Hans-Robert Roemer Fellowships
    1. Due by: Bi-Yearly: March 1 // September 1
    2. Funded by: Orient-Institut Beirut
    3. The institute conducts and supports research on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  23. Research and Conference Grants
    1. Due by: Yearly February 1
    2. Funded by: The British Institute for the Study of Iraq
    3. BISI provides funding to support research and conferences that focus principally on the lands and peoples of Iraq. We welcome applications from the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, and topics may cover any time period from prehistory to the medieval period to the present.
  24. International Project Grants
    1. Due by: Yearly – January 1
    2. Funded by: American Association of University Women
    3. International Fellowships are intended to provide fellows with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that will directly benefit their home countries. The grants support community-based projects that benefit women and girls in the fellow’s home country.
  25. Research Grants Program
    1. Due by: November 27, 2017
    2. Funded by: The Arab Council for the Social Sciences
    3. The ACSS Research Grants Program (RGP) is a funding opportunity that aims to support research across disciplinary boundaries and methodological approaches on key themes of concern to the Arab region.
  26. Global Innovation Grants
    1. Due by: Continuous
    2. Funded by: Global Innovation Fund
    3. GIF invests in a range of innovations with strong potential for social impact at a large scale.
  27. Institute of International Education Programs
    1. Due by: Continuous
    2. Funded by: Institute of International Education
    3. This program works to build more peaceful and equitable societies by advancing scholarship, building economies and promoting access to opportunity.
  28. International Fellowships
    1. Due by: December 1, 2017
    2. Funded by: American Association of University Women
    3. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  29. Research Grants
    1. Due by: Continuous
    2. Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council
    3. These funds are intended to support well-defined research projects enabling individual researchers to collaborate with, and bring benefits to, other individuals and organizations through the conduct of research.
  30. Humanities Research Fellowship
    1. Due by: February 1, 2018
    2. Funded by: American Center of Oriental Research
    3. ). The fellowship supports research in the humanities and disciplines of the social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods. Fields of research include modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts.
  31. Yale Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows
    1. Due by: December 6, 2017
    2. Funded by: Yale University
    3. The mission of Yale World Fellows is to cultivate and empower a network of globally engaged leaders committed to positive change through dialog and action.
  32. Fulbright Outreach Master's Degree Fellowships
    1. Due by: March 1, 2018
    2. Funded by: Fulbright Program
    3. Approximately five Fulbright Outreach Program Fellowships will be awarded to outstanding students planning to begin Master’s degree studies at American universities in the fall semester of the 2019/2020 academic year. This program is open to Israeli Arabs and to Israelis of Ethiopian descent.
  33. Small Research Grants
    1. Due by: February 1, 2018
    2. Funded by: Spencer Foundation
    3. This grant funds a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods.
  34. Central Asia Grants
    1. Due by: Yearly August 31st
    2. Funded by: The Christensen Fund
    3. Grants within the regional programs are directed to organizations based within those regions or, where appropriate,  to international organizations working in support of the efforts of people and institutions on the ground.
  35. Research Fellowships
    1. Due: TBD
    2. Funded by: NYUI Abu Dhabi
    3. While open to scholars working in all areas of the Humanities, the program aims in particular to build a center of outstanding research capacity in areas of the Humanities that are relevant for the study of the Arabic world, it's rich intellectual, religious, and scientific history, its cultural and artistic heritage as expressed in traditional and new media, and it's interaction with other cultures in the past and present
  36. The Applied Social Issues Internship
    1. Due: Yearly - April 15th
    2. Funded by: The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
    3. This fund is to encourage research that is conducted in cooperation with a community or government organization, public interest group or other not-for-profit entity that will benefit directly from the project.
  37. Small Grants in Humanities and Social Science
    1. Due by: Continuous
    2. Funded by: Wellcome Trust
    3. You can apply for a Small Grant if you're a humanities and social science researcher who wants to do one or more of the following: establish and develop professional networks, explore new areas of research, or increase the impact of your work
  38. Short-Term Research Fellowships
    1. Due by: December 1, 2017
    2. Funded by: The Warburg Institute
    3. This fund supports research on the history of ideas, the dissemination and transformation of texts, ideas and images in society, and the relationship between images, art and their text and subtexts



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