Research Year Resources


Plesur Dissertation Travel Award/John Naylor Dissertation Fellowship – These are awarded through the UB History Department.  Ask the Director of Graduate Studies for details.

Mark Diamond Research Fund – Up to $2,500 for PhD students, up to $1500 for MA students

Gender Institute – Up to $6,000 for sexuality & gender dissertation projects

Humanities Institute – Up to $6,000 for interdisciplinary/humanities-based dissertation projects

College of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship – Up to $6,000 for for graduate students who are in the writing stage of their dissertation or MFA project



Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

Social Science Research Council – The SSRC offers several different grants & fellowships, including a pre-dissertation grant, as
well as the international research dissertation fellowship.

The National Endowment for the Humanities – Most of the NEH funding is for faculty, but some is available for advanced graduate students, too.

The Rhodes Scholarship

Ford Foundation Fellowships

AHA Grants – Membership required

Western Association of Women Historians – Membership required



Funding for research in Germany (22 listed)

British/British Empire/British Isles studies – NACBS Dissertation FellowshipCurran & Gale Fellowships for 19thc. British periodicals & newspapers, Larkin Fellowship (Irish studies)



[note: consult the Catalogs/Collections, and/or contact the archivist directly about your project, before applying]

American Philosophical Society Library Resident Research Fellowship – Due in the Spring. History of American science & technology. $2,500/month, 1-3 months.

Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon – Due December 31. Stipend & housing included, short and long-term.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library Research Travel Grants – March 15 & September 15 deadlines annually. $2,000.

Gotha Research Centre of Erfurt University – Due October 15; 1,100 euros/month, 1-9 months.

Hoover Institution Library & Archives – Due November 1; up to $2,500.

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas-Austin – $3,000/month for 1-3 months, Travel stipends of $1,200-1,700. Search the Collections.

Huntington Library Fellowships – Large collection of rare books & manuscripts, mostly British & US history; Short term residency $3,000/month, Long term residency $50,000. Search the Collection.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation – Due in October; up to $5,000.

Virginia Historical Society –  $500/week

Western Washington University’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies – Due in early October; up to $1000. Search the Collections. 


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