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Granting Agencies for Individual Research and Sabbaticals

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American Association of University Women:
The AAUW Educational Foundation, the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS): The mission of the ACLS is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."
American Political Science Association: The Association brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions, and occupational endeavors in order to expand awareness and understanding of political life.
Association of American Geographers: Grants and awards supporting doctoral dissertation, writing, and research in the field of geography. Other sponsors which fund projects outside of geography: East-West Center Visiting Fellowships and National Geographic Society- Committee for Research and Exploration Awards
Association for Institutional Research: Grants and scholarships supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are available to staff and faculty of post-secondary education institutions. The goals of the grant and scholarship program are to provide opportunities for professional development, to foster the use of federal databases in postsecondary education decision-making, and to foster the use of the federal databases to inform research on issues in postsecondary education.
Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College: The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, a multidisciplinary residential research center, offers fellowships for women scholars, scientists, artists, and writers
Campus Compact: Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 740 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. Steve Timmermans, Gail Zandee, Peggy Bendroth
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (site lists all fellowships)
Visiting Senior Fellowship Program Applications will be considered for study in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, etc.) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form.
CCCU Initiative Grants to Network Christian Scholars. The purpose of this program is to enable small groups of Christian scholars to network in ways that will lead to individual and collaborative scholarship on focused themes of keen interest to the larger academy. Any discipline is encouraged to submit a proposal which demonstrates potential for Christian perspectives on the theme to make an important contribution to conversations in the academy.
Coca-Cola Foundation: Their mission is to improve the quality of life in the community and to enhance individual opportunity through education. They support educational programs primarily within three main areas: higher education, classroom teaching and learning, and international education.
Arthur Vining Davis Foundation: Programs include Private Higher Education, Secondary Education, Religion (Graduate Theological Education), Health Care (Caring Attitudes), and Public Television. Lois Konyndyk
Department of Education (US):
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): FIPSE's mandate is to "improve postsecondary educational opportunities" across a broad range of concerns. Steve Vander Leest, Lois Konyndyk
Department of Education (State of Michigan):
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics & Science: ENC's mission is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning.
Department of Career Development (Michigan)

4-S Program: The Select Student Support Services (4-S) Program is a competitive grant program that supports universities in the development and institutionalization of innovative retention programs for academically and economically disadvantaged students. Jacque Rhodes, Steve Timmermans, Karen Hollebeek, Jane Hendriksma

Earhart Foundation Fellowship Research Grants are awarded, upon direct application, to individuals who have established themselves professionally.
Environmental Protection Agency: Grants and fellowship information
Fetzer Institute: The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit private operating foundation that supports research, education, and service programs exploring the integral relationships among body, mind, and spirit. Our current program focus includes the areas of science, leadership, integral practice, and philanthropy.
Folger Shakespeare Library: The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a limited number of residential fellowships for periods of six to nine months. Successful candidates will be advanced scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields and whose research projects are appropriate to the collections of the Folger Library. Susan Felch
Fulbright: Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Dave Van Baak, Joel Adams
Traditional Program
The Occasional Lecturer Program
Student Awards
German Academic Service (DAAD): The activities of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)—today one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its field—illustrate the terms of reference within which academic exchange and international cooperation in science and art progress as part of the essential creative forces of the modern world. Their development is determined by individuals and their study and research projects, by the scientific community, and by the expectations and views of society, as well as and also by what is technically possible, coupled with economic interests and political goals. Lambert Zuidervaart
Wm T Grant Foundation: The goal of the William T. Grant Foundation is to create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. The Foundation supports basic and applied research on youth development, program evaluations, policy analyses, research sysntheses, and communications research. Priority areas for research are youth development; programs, policies, and institutions affecting young people; and adults' attitudes about and perceptions of young people, focusing on young people age 8 - 25.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation: The charitable goals of the two Foundations are essentially the same, and reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst -- Education, Health, Social Service and Culture. Within these four areas, the Foundations assist institutions in providing opportunities to underserved and underrepresented populations. Lois Konyndyk
W. K. Kellogg Foundation: A non-profit that focuses on improving communities' quality of life in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa through the practical application of knowledge and resources. Funding is focused toward food systems and rural development; youth and education and higher education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these focal areas, funding is also provided for leadership; information systems/ technology; efforts to capitalize on diversity; and family, neighborhood, and community development programming. Steve Timmermans
Kresge Foundation: The Kresge Foundation Science Initiative is a challenge grant program to upgrade and endow scientific instrumentation and laboratories in colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, medical schools, and research institutions. Lois Konyndyk
Library of Congress offers Kluge Center Fellowships for Humanistic and Social Science Research. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanisitic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multilingual research is particularly welcome. Further information about the Library's collections can be found at the Library's web site)
Maclellan Foundation: The purpose of the Maclellan Foundation is to serve strategic international and national organizations committed to furthering the Kingdom of Christ and select local organizations that foster the spiritual welfare of the community.
Ronald McDonald House Children's Charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities provides comfort and care to children and their families by supporting Ronald McDonald Houses in communities around the world and by making grants to other not-for-profit organizations whose programs help children in need. Lois Konyndyk
Medtronic Foundation: Focus areas: education, health, and community. Priority is given to programs that benefit people who are socio-economically disadvantaged. Provides community grants for programs benefiting Medtronic communities: Minneapolis, MN; Anaheim, CA; Danvers, MA; Parker, CO; Humacao, Puerto Rico; Grand Rapids, MI; Tempe, AZ; Irvine, CA; Milaca, MN; San Diego, CA; Villalba, Puerto Rico Gary Schmidt, David DeHeer, Lois Konyndyk
Andrew Mellon Foundation: Makes grants to institutions in higher education, in cultural affairs and the performing arts, in population, in conservation and the environment, and in public affairs.
Michigan Campus Compact: Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Michigan Sea Grant: Aldo Leopold Leadership Program is a program for environmental scientists who want to be more effective communicators of scientific information.
National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, and public programs in the humanities. Lambert Zuidervaart, Steve Evans, Garth Pauley Fellowships: Steve Evans, Lambert Zuidervaart Summer Stipends: Garth Pauley Focus Grant: Henry Luttikhuizen Summer Seminars & Institutes: many faculty from many departments
Summer Stipends
NEH Faculty Humanities Workshops     conference call notes
$75,000 grant opportunity: grants will support professional development programs in the humanities for K-12 teachers and faculty at post-secondary institutions.
National Humanities Council
Office of Naval Research: in conjunction with ASEE. The Faculty Sabbatical Leave Program provides science and engineering faculty the opportunity to conduct research at Navy laboratories while on sabbatical leave. Keith Vander Linden, Rich DeJong
David & Lucile Packard Foundation: The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities; arts; and organizational effectiveness and philanthropy. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.
Pew Charitable Trusts: The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. Based in Philadelphia, the Trusts make strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change. Susan Felch, Steve Evans, Lois Konyndyk, David Hoekema
Rotary Foundation: The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. Evert VanDerHeide
Smithsonian Institution
Spencer Foundation: funding information from the National Academy of Education. (home page)
Starr Foundation: The Starr Foundation funds programs in a wide range including culture, public policy, human needs, medicine and healthcare, and education.
Supreme Court Judicial Fellows Commision: Seeking outstanding individuals from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who are interested in the adminstration of justice and making a contribution to the judiciary.




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