18 Fellowships for Independent Research

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If you want the opportunity to pursue your own research independently, these fellowships are for you! There are programs around the world for students, faculty, and independent scholars. If one of these looks like a great fit for you, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

AAUW American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships

Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships provide $30,000 to assist women scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. American Fellowships are open to scholars in all fields of study.

Anne McLaren Fellowships

Applications are invited for The University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Fellowships, which are targeted at exceptional female scientists and engineers who are typically under-represented in these subjects and wish to establish a research career in the UK. The Fellowships are offered in a range of academic units at the University of Nottingham and provide a recognized first step into an independent research career. Each fellowship offers 3 years of independent funding to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham campuses in the UK, China, or Malaysia.

Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (AGS-PRF)

The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS) awards Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PRF) to highly qualified investigators within 3 years of obtaining their Ph.D. to carry out an independent research program. The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with Fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. Fellowships are $86,000/year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and currently, be a graduate student, or have held a Ph.D. degree in a scientific or engineering field for no more than 3 years prior to the award start date.

Charles and Kathleen Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship Program

The Manatt Fellowship Program brings outstanding graduate students to the Washington, DC area each year to support fellows’ independent research in democracy development, election administration, legal frameworks, and civic participation in the political process. Fellows carry out self-directed research under the mentorship of IFES staff during a fellowship term of 6-10 weeks. A stipend of $5K is included and fellows must complete a paper for public or IFES internal presentation. Ideal candidates are law students or Masters and Ph.D. students in international relations or political science. Open to students at universities in select states in the Midwest U.S.

Digital Humanities Associate Fellowship

The Digital Humanities Associate Fellowship Program is designed for students currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or completing their undergraduate education. Students outside the field of history are encouraged to apply. Fellows will develop and conduct independent research projects under the supervision of a Museum mentor, interact with staff and visiting scholars in residence, and audit special summer seminars and research workshops that explore challenging questions still to be addressed by Holocaust scholarship. Fellows are required to be in residence at the Museum for nine months and will be provided a stipend of $3,000/month.

Fox International Fellowship

The Fox International Fellowship is a graduate student exchange program between Yale University and 21 world-renowned partner universities. Fox International Fellows are selected for their potential to become leaders in fields that are policy significant, historically informed, and socially meaningful. Fox International Fellows undertake independent research for an academic year at one of the Fox exchange partner universities. Fellows are doctoral students, graduating masters students, or graduating seniors. Awards include round-trip travel, accommodations, and a generous living stipend.

George Burch Fellowship in Theoretic Medicine and Affiliated Theoretic Science

The George E. Burch Fellowship Program is an opportunity that awards a stipend to defray living expenses during independent research and study to a  post-doctoral scholar, whose research interests lie within at least one of the following areas: medicine, biology, physics, chemistry, and fields in the social science and humanities, as it applies to health and medicine. The 1-year fellowship of in-residence research at the Smithsonian carries a $60,000 stipend and additional allowances of up to $4,000 to cover other costs such as travel and supplies.

Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship

The objective of the Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship award is to allow fellows the opportunity to pursue independent research in the Royal Archives and the Library of Congress, as well as to support the related work of the Georgian Papers Programme. Independent scholars and writers, doctoral students, and college and university faculty in all disciplines can apply. Each Georgian Papers Fellow will receive $8,000 from the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, intended to cover all costs.

History of Science Fellowships

The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute, an independent research library in Philadelphia, accepts applications for short- and long-term fellowships in the history of science, technology, medicine, and industry. The center supports 20 fellows a year whose work is in some way tied to the history of materials and materiality, chemistry, and related sciences. Applications come from a wide range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. Short-term fellowships are $3,000; dissertation fellowships are $26,000; and postdoctoral fellowships are $45,000.

JMC Research Fellowships

JMC is partnered with four of America’s foremost independent research libraries: the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Huntington Library in San Marino, the John D. Rockefeller Library in Colonial Williamsburg, and the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. In collaboration with these libraries, JMC provides 1 to 3-month research fellowships primarily for early and mid-career scholars engaged in projects that advance the study of American political thought and history. JMC research fellowships provide scholars the rare opportunity to explore unparalleled collections of documents and manuscripts from the Founding era.

Meharry Medical College Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The primary purpose of this position is to provide training in and experience with community-engaged research as a way to address the disproportionate health burdens experienced by racial/ethnic minorities. The position will also serve as a way to gain relevant training and experience necessary for developing an independent research career. Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in a public health, community health, or related scientific field and have experience in health disparities research. Fellows will receive a salary, professional development training, and other benefits including insurance.

NEH/FPIRI Fellowships for Scholars Conducting Field-Based Humanities Research in Palestine

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) offers National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) competition for research in the humanities or research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods. Applicants must be scholars who have earned their Ph.D. or completed their professional training and must be U.S. citizens or have lived in the United States for the last three years. Fellowship awards $4,200 per month for a minimum of four and a maximum of eight months of research.

NOAA Climate & Global Change (C&GC) Postdoctoral Fellowships

This fellowship program is designed to provide an independent research opportunity to recently graduated PhDs who want to pursue interests that align with the NOAA Climate Program Office. The program focuses on observing, understanding, modeling, and predicting the climate system on seasonal and longer time scales. Experienced scientists at U.S. universities and research institutions host the appointed fellows providing mentoring and a collaborative environment to carry out their research projects. Preference is given to new graduates who are seeking their first fellowship and who have held a Ph.D. for no more than three years.

Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library offers Short-Term Research Fellowships to support visiting scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral and independent research. Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for up to 4 weeks and researchers must be in residence at the Library for a minimum of 2 weeks between July and June. Supports on-site research in the Library’s special collections for projects in the humanities including art history, cultural studies, history, literature, performing arts, and photography. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

Through the Smithsonian’s flagship fellowship program, graduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral students – as well as conservationists and senior scholars – have the opportunity to delve into independent research and study across an incredible range of disciplines at the largest museum in the world. Smithsonian Institution Fellows have access to unparalleled collections, world-class scholars, and state-of-the-art facilities to explore science, art, history, and culture. Fellowship awards range from 10 weeks to 2 years, $6500 to $50,000.

Wellcome Trust International Training Fellowships

The International Training fellowships offer nationals of low- and middle-income countries the opportunity to receive training at the postgraduate or postdoctoral level. Research proposals should focus on a health priority in a low- or middle-income country. The fellowship is for 3 years and includes a salary plus coverage of other fees and research costs. Fellows are encouraged to collaborate with researchers in other low- and middle-income countries. Fellows will work with a sponsoring institution to learn new skills and become leaders in independent research.

William and Kathy Hybl Democracy Studies Fellowship Program

The Hybl Fellowship Program brings outstanding graduate students to the Washington, DC area each year to support fellows’ independent research in democracy development, election administration, legal frameworks, and civic participation in the political process. Fellows carry out self-directed research under the mentorship of IFES staff during a fellowship term of 6-10 weeks. A stipend of $5K is included and fellows must complete a paper for public or IFES internal presentation. Ideal candidates are law students or Masters and Ph.D. students in international relations or political science. Open to students at universities in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming.

Zahedi Family Fellowship

The Zahedi Family Fellowship is a 12-week residential fellowship focusing on the new Zahedi Archive (which includes both diplomatic correspondence and collected photos) at Stanford University. During the fellowship period, the Zahedi Fellow is expected to pursue independent research in residency and to hold a lecture, seminar, or workshop on his or her research. The fellowship is open to scholars and artists working on the modern history of Iran, particularly the period of 1941 to 1979. Preference will be given to scholars who have worked on aspects of modern Iranian foreign policy, history, and culture. Fluency in Persian is required.

 

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