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External Funding Opportunities and Resources

Monmouth College encourages faculty to seek external funding for curricular and scholarly projects. This is not only a way for faculty to acquire valuable support for their research programs, but is also a means by which the larger research and higher education community becomes acquainted with the work Monmouth faculty and students are doing.

So, where to look? Here are places to begin:

Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Monmouth College is one of fourteen selective liberal arts colleges in this consortium. The ACM provides a rich array of faculty development opportunities, including those listed below:
FaCE Grant Program (Faculty Career Enhancement)
University of Chicago-ACM Faculty Development Grants
Midwest Faculty Seminars - sponsored by the University of Chicago (for which ACM faculty are eligible to apply)

The Grant Advisor Plus

Monmouth College maintains a subscription to this grant-information database. Active grant opportunities, organized by academic division (fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences) are available to all Monmouth faculty from their campus computers. Monmouth faculty may also access the Grant Advisor Plus website from off-campus locations; contact the Director of the Grants Program for the subscriber password, which changes monthly.
Grant Advisor - Fine Arts
Grant Advisor - Humanities
Grant Advisor - Social Sciences
Grant Advisor - Natural Sciences
Grant Advisor - Minority and Women-related
Grant Advisor - Education
Grant Advisor - International
Grant Advisor - Interdisciplinary and Unrestricted

Grant Forward (formerly IRIS)
Like Grant Advisor Plus, the Grant Forward database is a valuable tool with which to identify grant, fellowship and summer seminar opportunities. The keyword search capacity of IRIS is particularly useful for faculty seeking to identify grant opportunities. you will find listed here all of the active RFPs (Requests for Proposals) from federal agencies and foundations. (a service individual researchers may use to hire grant researchers for limited period of time for particular research projects)

Residential Fellowships at Libraries, Museums, and Universities

Humanities scholars are usually more likely to find support for their work through residencies and fellowships than through the big equipment / science-oriented federal grant programs (but note that there are always exceptions!).
National Humanities Center
See Fellowships and Summer Institutes.
The Newbery Library
The Huntington Library
The Williams Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA (The Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies)
The Folger Shakespeare Library
The Library of Congress
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture - New York Public Library
New York Public Library Fellowships and Research Programs
Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowships
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
This organization provides a number of distinguished residential fellowship opportunities (primarily in the humanities, broadly defined)
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study - Harvard University (research grants)
Princeton Library Research Grants
Yale Libraries - Special Collections (Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts, Peabody Museum of Natural History, etc) - fellowships and research grants (overview page of all special collections)
University of Texas - Austin, Harry Ransom Center - Fellowships in the Humanities
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Fellowship Program)
The Getty Foundation (scholarship in the history of art and arts preservation)

Summer Workshops and Artist-in-Residencies

Yaddo Artists Colony
Bread Loaf Writers Conference
The Ragdale Foundation (residencies and fellowships for writers, artists and composers)
The Atlantic Center for the Arts
The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center - Creative Arts Fellowship Program
McDowell Colony Residences for Writers, Composers and Artists
Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Colorado)
The Banff Center (self-directed writers residencies and more)
Res Artis (a worldwide network of artist-residencies and residential-arts centers) (lists current grants, residencies and fellowships - and more)
Alliance of Artists Communities (searchable database of North American residency opportunities)
The Guide to Writers Conferences and Workshops (The Shaw Guide)

Summer Workshops, Seminars and Institutes

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
The School for Criticism and Theory
Project Kaleidoscope
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Summer Seminars for College Professors

Humanities Summer Research and Curriculum-Development

NEH Summer Stipends
(From the NEH website:) This program supports individuals pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two months. Stipends are awarded to individual scholars, not to institutions.
NEH Enduring Questions - Educational Development Grants
(From the NEH website:) The purpose of this program is to encourage faculty and students to grapple with the most fundamental concerns of the humanities, and to join together in deep, sustained programs of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.
NEH Research Fellowship
(From the NEH website:) Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. Fellowships support continuous full-time work for a period of six to twelve months.
NEH Collaborative Research Grants
(From the NEH website:) This program supports original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that, because of its scope or complexity, requires additional staff and resources beyond the individual's salary.

International Research and Teaching

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
Fulbright Scholars Program
CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars
Japan Study
The East-West Center
Asia Network (Monmouth is a member college)
Africa Network (Monmouth is a member college)
International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)
Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network

The Social Sciences

American Council of Learned Societies (social sciences and humanities)
Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
Kluge Fellowship Program at the Library of Congress (social sciences and humanities)
Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation Network
Russell Sage Foundation
Social Science Research Council (SSRC)

Federal Agencies and Foundations

The links below go directly to the top 'grants' or 'research opportunities' page of each organization. All active RFPs for these federal agencies and foundations are posted on

National Science Foundation (NSF)
This is the big daddy of them all. For a detailed summary of the NSF programs most relevant to Monmouth (we are a PUI - Primarily Undergraduate Institution, by the way; we are also an IHE - an Institution of Higher Education) go HERE.

Department of Agriculture (USDA or DOA)
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Smithsonian Institute Fellowships and Research Opportunities (fellowship application announcements can be found on the individual museum websites, but the link above takes you to the overview page for all Smithsonian research and museum links)

The National Academies: Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering and Medicine (note especially the Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associates Program)

Illinois Agencies and Foundations

Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Humanities Council
Illinois Arts Council