Friday, November 20, 2009

Templeton Award for Theological Promise

Applications are invited for the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. The award program annually recognizes twelve postdoctoral young scholars globally on the basis of their doctoral dissertations related to the topic of God and spirituality.

Amount: $10,000

Date due: May 31, 2010

Although the topic focuses strongly on the fields of theology, religious studies and philosophy of religion, interdisciplinary dissertations from all academic fields may be submitted.

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Books Grants for Minority Scholars in Religion

The Louisville Institute's First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars seeks to assist junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research and book project focusing on some issue pertaining to American Christianity that is also related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute.

Amount: $40,000

Date due: January 15, 2010

The program seeks to enable scholars to spend an entire academic year devoted to that research project while free of other professional responsibilities. In keeping with its fundamental mission, the Louisville Institute is especially interested in identifying and supporting scholars of color who seek through their academic work to be in conversation with church leaders and to strengthen their faith communities.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. These grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation.

Amount: $5,000 - $25,000 (Level I); $25,001 - $50,000 (Level II)

Date due: March 23, 2010

Two levels of awards are available: (1) Level I awards are small grants designed to fund brainstorming sessions, workshops, early alpha-level prototypes, and initial planning; (2) Level II awards are larger grants that can be used for more fully-formed projects that are ready to begin implementation or the creation of working prototypes.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language

The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language (UISFL) program provides grants to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages. An invitational priority is for collaborative efforts between colleges of liberal arts and sciences and colleges of education within the same institution to propose projects that will strengthen instruction in foreign languages and international studies in teacher education programs that provide pre-service training for K-12 teachers in foreign languages and international studies. Another invitational priority is for programs and activities that focus on one (or more) of the 78 languages on the U.S.Department of Education's list of Less Commonly Taught Languages.

Amount: $100,000/year for 3 years

Date due: December 17, 2009

Competitive preference is given to institutions that require graduating students to have two years of postsecondary credit in a foreign language or who can demonstrate the equivalent.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

International Research & Study Programs

The International Research & Study Program provides grants to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.

Amount: $50,000 - $200,000

Date due: January 12, 2010

The priority of the competition is the development of specialized instructional or assessment materials focused on any of the 78 languages selected from the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Less Commonly Taught Languages that include Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Gan), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Min), and Chinese (Wu).

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Institutes for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities

These NEH grants support national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities. Through these programs, NEH seeks to increase the number of humanities scholars using digital technology in their research and to broadly disseminate knowledge about advanced technology tools and methodologies relevant to the humanities.

Amount: $50,000 - $250,000

Date due: February 17, 2010

The projects may be a single opportunity or offered multiple times to different audiences. Institutes may be as short as a few days and held at multiple locations or as long as six weeks at a single site. The duration of a program should allow for full and thorough treatment of the topic.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

National Museum of the American Indian Grants Programs

The National Museum of the American Indian's Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program offers support to a wide range of arts activities with the goal of increasing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. The NMAI considers the recognition of living artists of the Western Hemisphere and Hawaii to be of primary importance and will give awards to projects that strengthen the scholarship in this underserved field and create opportunities for new and innovative work.

Amount: $7,500 - $15,000

Date due: January 11, 2010

NMAI's Exhibitions and Publications program awards grants of $7,500 to $15,000 to support exhibitions, installations, publications, and critical writing that interpret and present the work of contemporary Native visual artists to the public and encourage dialogue and critical commentary. At least one-half of the proposed project team (artists, authors, curators, etc.) must be Native American or Native Hawaiian.

NMAI's Expressive Arts program awards grants of up to $10,000 to support the creation and presentation of new works through the collaboration of two or more Native artists. Awards will specifically support the creation of new works for public performance that may include, but is not limited to, music, dance, spoken word, electronic media, costume design, mask making, set design, performance art, photography, painting, and other forms of expressive culture. The award is open to all indigenous peoples who hold citizenship in the Americas.

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Black Metropolis Research Consortium Short-term Fellowship

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC) is an unincorporated Chicago-based association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions. Its mission is to make broadly accessible its members' holdings of materials that document African-American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the BMRC short-term fellowship program in African-American studies supports scholars, professional artists, and writers who wish to conduct research in BMRC member institutions' collections relating to African-American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics. The Fellowship is to conduct research in Chicago.

Amount: $3,000 per month for one or two months

Date due: January 11, 2010

The fellowship period is for one or two months during the summer of 2010. Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 per month to conduct research in Chicago. Qualified scholars, composers, media artists, musicians, visual artists, and writers are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a need for the collections of at least one BMRC institution, with preference given to applicants whose research will take them to at least one other member institution as well. These BMRC collections should be vital to the applicant's research.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Institutional Grants Program

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences funds the Institutional Grants Program to assist in fostering educational activities between the public and the film industry while encouraging the appreciation of motion pictures as both an art form and a vocation.

Amount: Varies

Date due: January 15, 2010

Eligible programs include but are not limited to craft workshops and conferences in which college students and/or adults are trained in one or more of the various craft fields of film production (directing, cinematography, screenwriting, editing, etc.); library and archival projects in which the papers of filmmakers are preserved and/or made available to the public;screening programs, especially those in which filmmakers interact with audiences; seminar programs, in which film professionals discuss their work and/or particular aspects of the creation and distribution of films; teacher training programs, in which production techniques and/or film appreciation information is presented for teachers to take back to their classrooms; and visiting artist programs, especially those in which a filmmaker spends several days in residence at a college, university or media center.

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Interpreting America's Historic Places: Planning Grants

Interpreting America’s Historic Places grants support public humanities projects that exploit the evocative power of historic places to explore stories, ideas, and beliefs that deepen our understanding of our lives and our world. The Division of Public Programs supports the development of humanities content and interactivity that excite, inform, and stir thoughtful reflection upon culture, identity, and history in creative and new ways. Interpreting America’s Historic Places projects may interpret a single historic site or house, a series of sites, an entire neighborhood, a town or community, or a larger geographical region. Grants for Interpreting America’s Historic Places should encourage dialogue, discussion, and civic engagement, and they should foster learning among people of all ages. To that end, the Division of Public Programs urges applicants to consider more than one format for presenting humanities ideas to the public.

Amount: $40,000 - $75,000

Date due: January 13, 2010

Planning grants are available for those projects that may need further development before applying for implementation. This planning can include the identification and refinement of the project’s main humanities ideas and questions, consultation with scholars in order to strengthen the humanities content, preliminary audience evaluation, preliminary design of the proposed interpretive formats, beta testing of digital formats, development of complementary programming, research at archives or sites whose resources might be used, or the drafting of interpretive materials.

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NEH Challenge Grants in U.S. History and Culture

NEH invites applications for Challenge Grants in United States History and Culture. This grant opportunity is designed to help institutions and organizations strengthen their ability to explore significant themes and events in American history, so as to advance our understanding of how—since the nation’s founding—these events have shaped and been shaped by American identity and culture.

Amount: Varies, requires matching funds

Date due: February 3, 2010

NEH seeks to support a range of approaches to the American experience: for example, approaches might explore significant events in America’s history, its democratic institutions, the political principles on which the nation is founded, or the complicated mix of peoples and cultures that have formed America. Also welcome are proposals that seek support for the study of the history and culture of the United States in international contexts rather than in isolation—proposals that explore relationships with other nations and cultures that have profoundly affected the course of United States history. NEH also welcomes proposals for programming at America’s historic places (e.g., historic sites, neighborhoods, communities, or larger geographical regions).

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