Faculty Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities in the Social Sciences

This list of grant opportunities in the social sciences is to alert our faculty affiliates of funding opportunities. Opportunities are sorted by Federal Agencies ( and Foundations.

Federal Grants:

Health & Human Services (HHS):

AHRQ Conference Grant Programs (R13)

Application Due Dates: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 annually beginning, February 1, 2017
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces its interest in supporting conferences through the AHRQ Single Year and Multiple Year Conference Grant Programs (R13). AHRQ seeks to support conferences that help to further its mission to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

National Science Foundation
(note: NSF offers programs in many social science fields; search for more opportunities)


Current Closing Date for Applications: August 19, 2019
The Economics program supports research designed to improve the understanding of the processes and institutions of the U.S. economy and of the world system of which it is a part. This program also strengthens both empirical and theoretical economic analysis as well as the methods for rigorous research on economic behavior. It supports research in almost every area of economics, including econometrics, economic history, environmental economics, finance, industrial organization, international economics, labor economics, macroeconomics, mathematical economics, and public finance.

Political Science

Current Closing Date for Applications: August 15, 2019
The Political Science Program supports scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include, but are not limited to, American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, and political institutions.


Current Closing Date for Applications: August 15, 2019
The Sociology Program supports basic research on all forms of human social organization — societies, institutions, groups and demography — and processes of individual and institutional change. The Program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. Included is research on organizations and organizational behavior, population dynamics, social movements, social groups, labor force participation, stratification and mobility, family, social networks, socialization, gender, race and the sociology of science and technology. The Program supports both original data collections and secondary data analysis that use the full range of quantitative and qualitative methodological tools. Theoretically grounded projects that offer methodological innovations and improvements for data collection and analysis are also welcomed.



American Association of University Women

Offers a number of fellowships and grants. Deadlines vary.

American Political Science Association

Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. The intent of these grants is to provide funding opportunities for research conducted by:

  • Political scientists in non-tenure track or contingent positions who are ineligible for departmental funding
  • Political science faculty of all ranks who are employed in departments that do not grant PhDs

Deadline: April 15, 2019
Individual grants may not exceed $2,500.

American Psychological Association

Deadline: August 31
Grants are for up to $3,000 of direct costs
The Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) grants. CARI grants are for projects that bring social science knowledge and methods to bear in addressing community-based problems. Applicants must be sociologists seeking to work with community organizations or community action initiatives.

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD)

Deadline: December 15 and June 15
The American Sociological Association (ASA) invites submissions for the Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (FAD) awards. Supported by the ASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the goal of this program is to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, groundbreaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities such as conferences. FAD awards provide scholars with “seed money” for innovative research that has the potential for challenging the discipline, stimulating new lines of research, and creating new networks of scientific collaboration. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds.

Minority Fellowship Program

Application deadline: January 31
Annual stipend: $18,000
Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in any sub-area or specialty in the discipline.

Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Funds

Deadline:  February 1
ASA may award multiple grants, each up to $2,500.
The Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund provides small grants to support projects that advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) within the discipline of sociology.  The Carnegie Foundation has defined SoTL as “problem posing about an issue of teaching or learning, study of the problem through methods appropriate to the disciplinary epistemologies, applications of results to practice, communication of results, self-reflection, and peer review” (Cambridge, 2001).

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-- Global Grand Challenges

Ford Foundation--Funding to Fight Inequality

Accepting short online form. Will be reviewed and responded to if they are interested.  Needs to be within one of their seven program areas focused on challenging inequality.

Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (GLMA)

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

Supports the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences: specifically, the fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, political science, and other disciplines.

Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation believes that education provides the basis for individual opportunity, economic vitality and social stability. With its partners, Lumina strives to meet workforce demands and close gaps in attainment for groups not historically well-served by higher education.. Priorities for action:

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