Public Humanities

In addition to the opportunities below, public humanities projects can include various digital and archival components. For more information on digital work and funding opportunities in the humanities, see the Digital Humanities Grants & Resources Web page. For more information on film, curation, and exhibition activities, see  these categories on the Faculty External Funding Opportunities Web page.

* These grants listings are provided as a service to UF humanities scholars. Please verify all submission deadlines and other information with the respective granting offices or agencies.

Public Humanities Fellowships

  • The Center for Education and Ethics Research Grants – The Center will make awards of up to $40,000 for research projects in philosophy as it relates to educational policy and practice. The Center encourages applicants to understand educational policy and practice in broad terms, including issues that directly relate to K-12 schools and higher education institutions, but also concerning policies that influence children’s growth and development in the family and other institutions. They also encourage diverse kinds of philosophical research ranging from the highly abstract to the highly applied
  • Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship– Established in 1967, the International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) is the hallmark fellowship program of CFR. It aims to bridge the gap between the study and making of U.S. foreign policy by creating the next generation of scholar-practitioners. The program offers its fellows the unique chance to experience a new field and gain a different perspective at a pivotal moment in their careers. Academics are thus placed in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials are placed in scholarly settings. Over the years, the IAF program has produced approximately six hundred alumni that span the who’s who of the U.S. foreign policy community, including a former secretary and several undersecretaries of state, U.S. ambassadors to NATO and the United Nations, and many other influential leaders in government, academia, and the private sector.
  • John Nicholas Brown Center Public Humanities Fellowship (The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University) – Up to three-month fellowships are offered to encourage thoughtful reflection on issues of concern to the public humanities and to connect cultural organizations and the public. These fellowships provide a stipend, office space, and access to Brown University resources.
  • Publicly Active Graduate Education (Imagining America) – Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) broadens notions of scholarship and professionalization within the academy by supporting graduate students and early-career scholars pursuing publicly-engaged academic work in the arts, humanities, and design. One-year fellowships include travel assistance to a Fellows Summit and the annual conference, commitment to participate in a year-long working group, and presentation of one’s related work.
  • Public Humanities Graduate Fellowship (Center for the Humanities, University of WI-Madison) – The Fellowship creates conditions under which humanists can reach larger and more diverse audiences; influence public discussions of contemporary issues; and make scholarship in the humanities more accessible.
  • The Roddenberry Fellowship – The Roddenberry Fellowship is a new 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. Twenty Fellows will be selected to receive $50,000 each, as well as tailored support, to help implement a project or initiative in one of four areas: Civil Rights, Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Immigration and Refugee Rights, or LGBTQIA and Women’s Rights. The Foundation does not aim to dictate how Fellows plan to bring about change on a chosen issue. It’s up to each Fellow, but the foundation is interested in impact. The foundation also favors innovative approaches: projects that push boundaries, are cross-sectoral, challenge tradition, seek new ways of approaching systemic and entrenched problems, or leverage specific (timely) opportunities in unconventional ways.
  • Simons Public Humanities Fellowship (Hall Center for the Humanities, The University of Kansas) – This innovative program brings one Simons Fellow to the Hall Center and KU to participate in the intellectual life of the university for a period ranging from one month to one semester.
  • Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship – The Whiting Foundation invites selected schools to nominate up to two humanities professors for the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship. This program is intended to celebrate and empower faculty who embrace public engagement as part of the scholarly vocation.

Public Program Development

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities has a Public Programs division that supports a wide range of public humanities programs, especially for projects that make use of new and emerging technologies. These are excellent opportunities to collaborate with libraries, museums, and other cultural organizations. Funding opportunities include the America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations grants, which offers both planning and implementation grants, for exhibitions at museums, libraries, historic sites and historical and cultural organizations. In addition, the NEH supports radio and television programs that explore significant events, figures, and developments in the humanities through the America’s Media Makers grants.
  • The El-Hibri Foundation provides grant support for nonprofit organizations advancing inclusion, building capacity, and organizing Muslim American communities.
  • Florida Division of Cultural Affairs – In addition to its grants and recognition, the Division supports projects to advance arts and culture in the Sunshine State.
  • Florida  Humanities Council – Grants provide support for humanities projects on a wide variety of topics and formats.
  • The Knight Foundation – The Knight Foundation’s Engaged Communities program fosters initiatives that develop in people a strong sense of belonging and caring, timely access to relevant information, the ability to understand that information, and the motivation, opportunity and skills to take sustainable action on a range of issues throughout their lives.
  • American Express Historical Conservation and Preservation supports organizations and projects that preserve or rediscover major historic sites and monuments in order to provide ongoing sustainable access and enjoyment for current and future audiences. The programs we support include historic landmarks and public spaces. They emphasize preserving sites that represent diverse cultures.
  • The Surdna Foundation for one- or two-year support to extraordinary artist-driven projects as part of its Artists Engaging in Social Change funding area that will support compelling projects that artists develop in response to their communities’ specific challenges, and will also fund the projects of artists whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly defined as “activist.”
  • Tourism Cares Worldwide Grants support preservation and educational interpretation of cultural, historical, and natural tourism-related sites.
  • VisitGainesville offers a Tourist Product Development Grant to enhance established events and create new products that have the demonstrated potential to contribute to Alachua County’s tourism economy.
  • See also our listing of Main Funding Bodies in the Humanities.

Research Support for Public Scholarship

Support for Public Speakers/Workshops

K-12 Education and Training

  • Summer Seminars and Institutes (NEH) – These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers, from two week to five weeks in duration. Applications are particularly encouraged in the areas of Bridging Cultures and We the People.
  • Teaching American History (TAH, U.S. Department of Education) – The program is designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of and appreciation for traditional U.S. history. Grant awards will assist LEAs, in partnership with entities that have content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative and cohesive models of professional development.


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