Grant Funding Opportunities for Liberal Arts & Sciences Faculty

SUNY NP Grants List for LA&S Faculty

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships support research in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences.  The ultimate goal of the project should be a major piece of scholarly work by the applicant. $35,000 September
American Philosophical Society An eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, the American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. See Website See Website for requirements for multiple programs
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 in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world. $15,000 – $40,000 per year August
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy The Foundation makes targeted grants for work in major areas of the social sciences, including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies, as well as newer areas such as evaluation research. Research grants are open to scholars in all social science disciplines for projects that deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences, particularly issues of policy relevance. Preference is given to scholars in the early stages of their careers. $3,000 to $5,000 December
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage.  Organizations in those fields can consult descriptions of the Foundation’s areas of grantmaking to determine whether a project fits within the Foundation’s programmatic interests and priorities. See Website See Website for requirements for multiple programs
National Council for Eurasian and East European Research NCEEER invites proposals for its National Research Competition.  This competition provides funds for both collaborative and individual research projects in the humanities and social sciences in or on any country of Eurasia or East-Central Europe. $40,000 December
Russell Sage Foundation The Russell Sage Foundation currently pursues four principal programs: Behavioral Economics; the Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Inequality.  See website for more information. See Website LOI Required
Spencer Foundation The Small Research Grants program is intended to support education research projects with budgets of $50,000 or less. In keeping with the Spencer Foundation’s mission, this program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived.  Historically, the work we have funded through these grants has spanned, a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and they employ a wide range of research methods. $50,000 November

SUNY NP Grants List for LA&S Faculty


  • UUP Individual Development Award

Award reimburses faculty for professional development expenses accrued from July to June.  Applications are due in late February/early March.  Maximum award: $2000.  Check the UUP New Paltz website for details and deadlines.


2022 Application:

  • Research and Creative Projects Award (up to $2,500, deadline in late December)

The Division of Academic Affairs offers a grant (up to $2500) to support faculty scholarship. It is open to full-time faculty only. The application deadline is in late December for award periods to begin in the following Fall semester.

2020-21 Guidelines for Research and Creative Projects Awards

  • LA&S Professional Development (automatic through Dean’s office)
  • Provost Professional Development support (changes yearly)
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE): hire a research assistant

The Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (RSCA) office offers the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grant. This grant supports faculty-mentored undergraduate student scholarship during an 8-week summer period.–scholarships/usr_sure.html

  • SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines

The Conversations in the Disciplines (CID) grant program is designed to bring together SUNY faculty and visiting scholars from non-SUNY institutions to examine new trends, address changes and challenges, review promising research findings, and become acquainted with professional developments in their fields and on other campuses. CID focuses on scholarly and creative activities, and new developments in academic disciplines and fields, but may also include examination of related curricular innovations.


  • ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies)

  • Asian Cultural Council

Previous Award winners in LA&S:

Lauren Meeker (Anthropology): workshop grant

  • Asia Network

Previous Award winners in LA&S:

Lauren Meeker (Anthropology): Speakers Bureau Grant

  • Fulbright Scholarships (research, research/teaching options) (1 to 2 semesters)

Previous Fulbright award winners in LA&S:

Hamid Azari (Economics)

Sunita Bose (Sociology): Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (India)

Victor DeMunck (Anthropology)

Ben Junge (Anthropology)

Jonathan Schwartz (Political Science)

Michael Vargas (History)

  • Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Previous award winners in LA&S:

Ben Junge (anthropology): Visiting Fellow

  • Latin American Studies Foundation

Previous award winners in LA&S:

Ben Junge (anthropology): Seminar Grant

  • NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Previous award winners in LA&S:

Chris Albi (History), NEH Newbury Library, Chicago

Mona Ali (Economics), NEH Summer Institute

Lauren Meeker (Anthropology): NEH summer stipend

Rachel Somerstein (DMJ)

  • National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)

Previous award winners in LA&S:

Sunita Bose (Sociology): Collaborative Grant

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

Previous award winners in LA&S:

Victor deMunck (Anthropology): Research Grant, Workshop Grant, Research Experience for Undergraduates award

Ben Junge (Anthropology): Research Grant, Research Experience for Undergraduates award

Lauren Meeker (Anthropology): Research Grant

Roberto Velez-Velez (Sociology): NSF Collaborative Grant

  • School for Advanced Research

Previous Award Winners in LA&S:

Ben Junge (Anthropology): Weatherhead Fellowship, Research Team Award

  • SSRC (Social Science Research Council)

Previous award winners in LA&S:

Jessica Crowell (DMJ)

  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars/Institute for Citizens and Scholars

Previous award winners in LA&S:

Ben Junge (Anthropology): Residential Fellowship

III.  Miscellaneous Fellowships and Grants won by LA&S Faculty, Country or Field Specific