Funding Opportunities

List of Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Social Sciences, U.C. Berkeley Website

A link to a large list of Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Social Sciences on the University of California, Berkeley website:

The Frederick Douglass Institute Fellowship Program, Deadline: January 31

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies has a broad mandate in undergraduate and graduate education, advanced research, and intellectual exchange within the University community. There is a Postdoctoral Fellowship with an annual stipend of $35,000 and a Pre-doctoral Fellowship with a $23,000 stipend both for those who study aspects of African and African- American experience.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute Fellowship, Deadline: May 1

The Gilder Lehrman Institute awards short-term research fellowships to scholars working in American history at every level from doctoral candidates to senior faculty, including independent scholars. Ten $3000 fellowships are awarded each year. The fellowships support research within American history archives in New York City.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, Dartmouth, Deadline: October 1

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dartmouth is pleased to accept applications for one postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the 2011-2013 academic years. These fellowships foster the academic careers of scholars who have recently received their Ph.D. degrees, by permitting them to pursue their research while gaining mentored experience as teachers and members of the departments and/or programs in which they are housed.

AAUW American Fellowships, Deadline: November

American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Dissertation fellowships and Summer/Short-term research publication grants.

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences Fellowship List

Large list of funding resources, fellowships, post docs and employment links compiled by the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford.


National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute Vaid Fellowship, Deadline: None

The Vaid Fellowship was created through generous grants from the Billie Jean King Foundation and the Anita May Rosenstein Foundation in honor of the Policy Institute's former director, longtime activist Urvashi Vaid. Vaid Fellowships support and recognize the leadership of people of color and other emerging leaders in the progressive movement for LGBT equality. The fellows selected each session will focus on legal and policy research and writing, and will be directly supervised by a staff of nationally recognized LGBT policy experts from social science and legal research fields.

CCSRE RICSRE Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Deadline: February 12

The Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (RICSRE) is pleased to announce the 2010-2011 Graduate Dissertation fellowship for advanced Stanford doctoral students. The Research Institute’s Graduate Dissertation Fellowship (GDF) program promotes interdisciplinary scholarship around issues of race, culture, and ethnicity. Fellowships will be awarded to three advanced Stanford doctoral students whose dissertations are related to these issues, have completed the course requirements for the Ph.D., and have an approved dissertation proposal.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund, Deadline: April 1, 2010

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund provides grants to students actively working for peace and justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to those able to do academic work at the university level and who are part of the progressive movement on the campus and in the community. Early recipients worked for civil rights, against McCarthyism, and for peace in Vietnam. Recent grantees have been active in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression; building the movement for economic justice; and creating peace through international anti-imperialist solidarity.

Boston College African & African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Deadline: January 22

Boston College’s African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) is proud to announce the inaugural year of its dissertation fellowship competition. Scholars working in any discipline in the Humanities or Social Sciences with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies are eligible. We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably comparative, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.

Texas State University San Marcos Predoctoral Summer Fellowship, Deadline: March 1, 2010

Texas State is a public, student-centered, doctoral granting institution dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas and the world beyond.

Washington State University Summer Fellowship, Deadline: April 15, 2010

WSU invites applications and nominations from doctoral candidates nearing completion of their graduate degrees at other institutions nationally, and preparing for careers in higher education. Program participants receive a $3000 stipend and housing. Applications are considered in the Colleges of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Liberal Arts; Nursing; Pharmacy; Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine.

Social Science Research Council Fellowships, Deadline: January 29

Brooklyn is the base from which the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) pursues collaborative research projects with partners all over the world, on topics of pressing global concern.  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.


Congressional Budget Office Internship, Deadline: March 1, 2010

CBO summer internships provide excellent opportunities to experience and observe the budget process and policymaking at the federal level. The internships, which have ranged in number from 10 to 28, are located in Washington, D.C. They normally last 10 weeks and include compensation based on academic level and work experience.

The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women & Public Policy, Deadline: March 1, 2010

The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.

American Indian Science & Engineering Society Summer Internship Program, Deadline: March 1, 2010

Purpose: To Explore Opportunities with AISES' Partner Agencies. The AISES Internship Program is a 10-week summer program that provides qualified AISES students with internship opportunities to explore potential federal service careers with the following agencies. Interns are provided a weekly stipend and local transportation allowance. 

Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellowship Program, Deadline: March 15, 2010

The Baltimore Community Fellowship Program was established to assist individuals wishing to apply their education and professional experiences to serve disadvantaged communities. The goals of these fellowships are to encourage public and community service careers, expand the number of mentors and role models available to youth in inner-city neighborhoods, and promote entrepreneurial initiatives that empower communities to increase opportunities and improve the quality of life for their residents.

CARE USA Visiting Fellows Program, Deadline: None

We are pleased to announce that in 2010 CARE USA will host a Visiting Fellows Program offering a small number of graduate students and practitioners with support from outside sources the opportunity to work with projects and conduct research in various CARE Country Offices. The fellowship assignments developed by host offices may include working for program areas such as Signature Programs (Access Africa, Mothers Matter, Power Within), Core Programs (Agriculture, Education, Economic Development, Emergency Response, Health, HIV/AIDS, and Water and Sanitation), Advocacy and External Relations, Program Support (HR, IT, Procurement) and other program areas critical to CARE.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Deadline: November

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

ASA Congressional Fellowship, Deadline: February

The ASA (American Sociological Association) encourages applications for the Congressional Fellowship. The Fellowship brings a PhD-level sociologist to Washington,DC, to work as a staff member on a congressional committee or in a congressional office, or as a member of a congressional agency (e.g., the General Accounting Office). This intensive four to six month experience reveals the intricacies of the policy making process to the sociological fellow, and shows the usefulness of sociological data andconcepts to policy issues.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students The Aspen Institute, Deadline: March 15, 2010

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, D.C., offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship three times annually.  The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, Deadline: November

The Fellowships Office (FO) of the National Academies administers predoctoral, postdoctoral, and senior fellowship awards on behalf of government and private/foundation sponsors; these fellowship awards play an important role in the career development of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and scholars for the academic, federal, industrial and international workforce.

Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) Pathways to Science

Building Partnerships to Support Diversity in Science. This site includes information on Post Doc Opportunities and Fellowships.

VPGE Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (SIGF), Deadline: April 2, 2010

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) and the Graduate Fellowships Faculty Advisory Committee (GFFAC) are pleased to announce the third competition of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (SIGF) Program. This new university-wide program awards three- year fellowships to outstanding Stanford doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. SIGF fellowships support Stanford doctoral students to undertake ground breaking, risk-taking research and pursue questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. Fifteen awards are anticipated.


Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Fund.  VPGE has funding available on a competitive basis to support dissertation research expenses on diversity-related topics.

DARE Doctoral Fellowships, Deadline: April 7, 2010

Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence.  Announcing 12 two-year fellowships for Stanford doctoral students in their final two years of study whose presence will help diversify the professoriate and who contribute to the richness of the educational environment on campus. DARE Fellowships offer 2 years of TGR tuition and stipend, experiences to explore and prepare for academic careers, and much more!

Stanford VPGE SPICE Innovation and Dissertation Funds, Deadline: March 10, 2010

SPICE (Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement) Innovation Funds help Stanford graduate students to develop innovative activities to expand the intellectual community of their department or program, and funds to strengthen interdisciplinary intellectual communities. Proposals are due March 10, 2010.

Call for Applications: CCSRE 2010-2011 Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Deadline: March 1, 2010

The Interdepartmental Program in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE) is pleased to announce up to three teaching fellow positions for 2010-11. To support the teaching mission of CSRE, up to two Teaching Fellow positions and one Senior Seminar Coordinator position are offered annually. Previous fellows have found their experiences teaching CSRE undergraduates to be extremely rewarding.