Fellowships & Scholarships

This page contains links to scholarship and fellowship opportunities for students working in philosophy and the humanities at the post-doc, dissertation, pre-dissertation graduate, and undergraduate levels. Please send any additional contributions to surginphilosophy@gmail.com

Post-Doc & Research Fellowships

ACLS African Humanities Program offers support for scholars who are nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.Funding is available for dissertation completion and/or postdoctoral scholarship.

American Association of University Women offers fellowships to women for dissertation or post-doctoral  research. They also offer an international scholarship for women pursuing doctoral degrees in the U.S.

ASA Diversity Curriculum Grants are offered by the American Society of Aesthetics to support development of course modules that feature work from philosophers and artists from underrepresented groups and address major areas of philosophy of art and aesthetics. Modules developed by grantees will be made available to ASA members.

Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Scholarships support Canadian students with a variety of scholarships at the Master’s, Ph.D., and postdoctoral levels.

Carter G. Woodson Post-Doctoral Residential Research & Teaching Fellowship in African Studies is open to scholars working on Africa and African Diaspora Studies. The Carter G. Woodson Center for African-American and African Studies is housed at University of Virginia and provides two years of support for research and teaching to scholars who have completed a Ph.D.

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships to students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are pursuing research that contributes to, addresses, and/or promotes diversity  as a means of enriching education.

HFG Foundation Research Grants provide research funding for one year to scholars working on expanding research on violence, aggression, and dominance in relate to social change, politics, family relations, etc. Applicants are not required to hold a Ph.D. at the time of application; however, funds cannot be used to complete research that contributes toward degree requirements.

Newberry Library Short Term Research Fellowships support scholars at the graduate and postdoctoral levels whose work will benefit from access to the library’s collection. Short term fellows receive financial support and one-two months of access to the collect at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Long term fellowships are also available for scholars working at the postdoctoral level.

Pembroke Center Postdoctoral Fellowships awards one year postdoctoral positions to scholars from any field whose work addresses the appointed theme themes change yearly and often center around topics in social justice). Fellows teach one course and attend workshops at Brown University.

Postdoctoral & Transition Program for Academic Diversity is housed at NYU and supports scholars who have completed a dissertation within the last three years or who will be completing a dissertation by September of the following academic year. Fellows teach a maximum of one course per semester, participate in school and departmental activities, and have mentorship opportunities to prepare them for an academic career.

Robert H.N. Ho Dissertation & Postdoctoral Fellowships for Buddhist Studies supports dissertation work and/or postdoc study in Buddhist thought.

University of Chicago Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholarships aim to broaden the background of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds among university faculty by supporting junior scholars from underrepresented groups for two years. The program supports scholars from all fields who will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by or who have completed the dissertation within the last three years of the start date of the position.

University of Chicago Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts is open to junior scholars in the liberal arts. Fellows receive a four year appointment as Collegiate Assistant Professor at University of Chicago during which time they teach core courses in the liberal arts.

UNM Charlotte Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowships support promising scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups for two years of research and teaching.

Dissertation Fellowships

ACLS African Humanities Program offers support for scholars who are nationals and residents of a country in sub-Saharan Africa, with a current affiliation at an institution in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, or Uganda.Funding is available for dissertation completion and/or postdoctoral scholarship.

American Association of University Women offers fellowships to women for dissertation or post-doctoral  research. They also offer an international scholarship for women pursuing doctoral degrees in the U.S.

American Society for Aesthetics Dissertation Fellowship supports one year of dissertation work at the ABD stage. Applicants must be current members of the society.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports students completing dissertations in ethics and religious studies from a variety of angles.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships support doctoral candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups in the final year of dissertation research whose work addresses diversity within the academy.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowships provides support for the final year of dissertation writing. The foundation supports projects that research effects of and causes of violence, aggression, and dominance from a variety of angles.

Marquette Mitchem Dissertation Fellowship support one year of dissertation research funding for scholars from underrepresented groups, during which time scholars will reside at Marquette and teach one course in their field. Applications open in fall of the year prior to the academic year of the fellowship.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships a year of writing for scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

Robert H.N. Ho Dissertation & Postdoctoral Fellowships for Buddhist Studies supports dissertation work and/or postdoc study in Buddhist thought.

SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship offers an interdisciplinary program of workshops. peer review, guided writing, and research support for scholars at the beginning stage of the dissertation process. Applicants should have completed at least two tears of graduate study and should not have defended a dissertation proposal prior to applying.

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies support the final year of dissertation work for projects that address women’s studies and cross disciplinary, cultural, and regional boundaries.

General Graduate Fellowships & Travel Funding Opportunities 

 AAUW International Fellowships support women pursuing full time doctoral studies in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
ACLS pre dissertation summer travel grants for China studies supports students in the pre-dissertation stage who wish to travel to China to conduct research.

APA Diversity Alumni Fund contributes up to $500 toward conference travel for student or graduate assistant alumni of undergraduate diversity institutes. Applicants must be listed on the program (as presenter, chair, or commentator) for the conference they are applying to receive funding for, and must apply between 30 days and six months prior to the event for which they wish to receive funding. All funds are disbursed as reimbursement.

Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Scholarships support Canadian students with a variety of scholarships at the Master’s, Ph.D., and postdoctoral levels.

Fulbright Scholar Program supports international travel for research at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a variety of graduate scholarships to Latina/o students pursuing graduate degrees in any field.

Newberry Library Short Term Research Fellowships support scholars at the graduate and postdoctoral levels whose work will benefit from access to the library’s collection. Short term fellows receive financial support and one-two months of access to the collect at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Long term fellowships are also available for scholars working at the postdoctoral level.

Point Foundation Scholarships are available to graduate and undergraduate students with financial need working to better conditions for LGBTQ persons and communities.

Undergraduate Scholarships, Fellowships, & Funding Opportunities 

DePaul McNair Scholars Program provides funded research opportunities, graduate application and GRE preparation courses, and general support to DePaul juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups who plan to pursue post-graduate studies in any field. The Ronald E. McNair Program is a federally fund TRIO program. McNair scholars usually receive graduate application fee waivers and several universities offer graduate scholarships for former McNair scholars.

DePaul University Mitchem Fellows Program provides funded international research opportunities, and post-graduate and research preparation courses for DePaul sophomores  who are interested in learning more about post-graduate opportunities in their field.

Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowships support scholars from underrepresented groups during the first three years of doctoral studies. Students should apply before beginning graduate school or during the first year of graduate study.

Fulbright Scholar Program supports international travel for research at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels.

Gates Millenium Scholars Program provides funding to students from underrepresented groups who qualify for federal Pell Grants and are beginning undergraduate study the following fall.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a variety of undergraduate scholarships to Latina/o students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any field.  Students may apply prior to or after enrolling in an undergraduate institution.

PIKSI ROCK—Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute for diversity in philosophy PIKSI conducts a 10 day summer institute for students from traditionally underrepresented groups that are considering graduate study in philosophy. The program is hosted by Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute and includes the opportunity to work closely with visiting faculty and graduate students from multiple universities. Seminars address topics in social justice and philosophy, the graduate application process, and diversity in the field. Participants receive travel funding, lodging, and a small stipend. Deadline: March 31st

PIKSI Boston summer institute is modeled on PIKSI ROCK (see above), but works closely with MIT students and faculty as well as other universities in the Boston area to support underrepresented students working in areas of “mainstream, analytic” philosophy, such as formal logic, metaphysics, and epistemology. Funding is provided to participants to cover travel, lodging, and participation in the program. 

Point Foundation Scholarships are available to graduate and undergraduate students with financial need working to better conditions for LGBTQ persons and communities.

Rutgers Summer Institute for Diversity in Philosophy is seven-day program is designed to introduce undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to the various areas of specialization within the discipline of philosophy, give students a better idea of what graduate studies in philosophy is about, and explore various views about what it means to be a professional philosopher. Students receive travel funding, lodging, and a small stipend to support their participation in the program. Applications for summer 2016 are due May 9, 2016. 

Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy is a two week residential program for students from underrepresented groups in philosophy held at Brown University. The curriculum includes seminars and workshops on various topics in philosophy. Participants receive lodging and a stipend to support travel to and participation in the program. 

UCSD Summer Program for Women in Philosophy offers two seminar courses over a two week period at UC San Diego for undergraduate women in philosophy. Participants will be provided a travel and living stipend, lodging, and meals for the duration of the program. Applications for summer 2016 are due March 1, 2016.

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