Why Apply for a Fellowship?

Depending on your research goals and eligibility, fellowships may provide salary support, travel and/or living costs, and funds for project expenses for one academic year. Securing a prestigious fellowship is also a mark of distinction for your academic career. Faculty in the Division of the Social Sciences considering research leave are encouraged to apply for fellowships in order to extend their research leave for the full academic year by securing external support to cover at least 50% of their base salary or a minimum award amount of $50,000. Please refer to the Division Faculty Leave Policy for more detail.


Application Process

Fellowships often have long review periods so it is necessary to begin considering applications 18–24 months prior to the anticipated start date of the Research Leave. Selection criteria varies from award to award, but generally, strong candidates possess a rigorous research plan and strong research accomplishments that are well-aligned with the funding agency’s priorities. Applicants should be prepared to provide the following proposal materials:

  • Project Description and Research Plan
  • Project Budget
  • Project Timeline
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • CV


Limited Opportunities

Some fellowship opportunities are by invitation only, and require that the University run a central selection process to identify a single nominee. Such calls will be shared via email with faculty as they arise.


Applying for a Fellowship

The Research Development team can help you identify additional fellowship opportunities, advise on proposal development, provide samples of successful proposals, and help prepare application materials.

Contact us to get started!

Cate Goebel

Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives

June Hou

Senior Associate Director of Research Development



A Selection of Relevant Fellowship Opportunities

  • ACLS Fellowship Program
    • Eligibility: Offers a number of fellowships for junior scholars in humanities and related social sciences
    • Award: $30K–$60K
    • Deadline: September 28, 2022
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – Sloan Research Fellows
    • Eligibility: Tenure-­track faculty with research interest in economics or neuroscience; must be nominated by department chair or senior researcher, up to 3 candidates per department
    • Award: $75K
    • Deadline: September 15, 2022
  • CASBS – Stanford
    • Eligibility: Senior scholars and recently tenured scholars; residency required
    • Award: Up to 50% salary support ($81K max.)
    • Deadline: November 4, 2022
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship
    • Eligibility: Advanced scholars with significant publications; all disciplines
    • Award: Amount varies
    • Deadline: Mid-September 2022 TBD
  • NEH Fellowship
    • Eligibility: Supports advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
    • Award: $5K/month; maximum stipend of $60K for 12-­month period
    • Deadline: April 12, 2023 for projects beginning as early as January 1, 2024
  • Notre Dame Institute for Advance Study Fellowship
    • Eligibility: Scholars from all fields working on projects related to annual research theme; 2023–24 theme: The Long Run
    • Flexible residency requirement if within driving distance of South Bend, IN
    • Award: Up to 50% salary support ($75K max.)
    • Deadline: October 3, 2022
  • Radcliffe Institute – Fellowship Program
    • Eligibility: Former Radcliffe Fellows not eligible; supports research from any discipline; focus areas of law, education, and justice; climate change and its human impacts; legacies of slavery; women, gender, and society; residency requirement
    • Award: Up to $78K for one academic year plus $5K for project expenses
    • Deadline: September 8, 2022
  • Russell Sage Foundation – Visiting Scholars Program
    • Eligibility: At least several years beyond PhD; requires residency at the Foundation in NYC; supports individuals pursuing projects on behavioral economics, social inequality, future of work
    • Award: Up to 50% salary support ($125K max.)
    • Deadline: June 27, 2023
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation – Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship
    • Eligibility: Scholars with a PhD in hand for no more than ten years (from the application deadline) are eligible to apply; supports basic research in anthropology; supports the writing of already completed research.
    • Award: $40K
    • Deadline: May 1, 2023 with funding available January 2024