Last updated August 11, 2023
Looking for a unique opportunity to pursue your research interests outside of the classroom? These short-term fellowships for graduate students take place all over the world and offer hands-on experience in your field without requiring a break in your graduate work. This list includes opportunities to conduct independent research Mongolia, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Jordan and covers a myriad of disciplines. If one of these sounds exciting to you, make sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!
The American Center for Mongolian Studies is inviting applications to conduct field research in humanities, sciences and social sciences, for at least 6 weeks in Mongolia. Fellows must be US citizens with at least a bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled or employed at a university or college. The projects will be conducted between May and October with a up to $4,000 award given with additional funding for travel. The goal of the fellowship is to assist as many researchers as possible to participate in a field research experience in Mongolia.
The American Center for Mongolian Studies is inviting applications to conduct short-term library development projects and/or research for a period of up to 12 weeks in Mongolia. Fellows must be US citizens with at least a bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled or employed at a university or college in library or information sciences. The projects will be conducted between May and September with an up to $4,000 award given with additional funding for travel. The goal of the fellowship is to help support the development of the ACMS Library.
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) maintains a major research library in American history, literature, and culture through 1876 in Worcester, MA. The AAS-NEH fellows are part of a community that includes the AAS staff, area college and university faculty, and the recipients of AAS short-term fellowships (including scholars from all over the U.S. and abroad, Ph.D. candidates, and creative artists and writers producing work for the general public) and other long-term fellows. Twenty-eight months of AAS-NEH fellowship support are available.
Pre-Prospectus Summer Fellowships will allow doctoral students to determine how the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami may serve their research needs as they prepare the dissertation prospectus. These are exploratory fellowships to determine if research resources in the CHC will support a dissertation. Fellowships of $1,500 will be granted for one month in residence between June 1 and August 31.
Research Grants are awarded to highly qualified candidates who have completed either: a Master’s degree or Diploma, a Bachelor’s degree (by the time they begin their grant-supported research), or a Ph.D. (postdoctoral candidates). Applications for long-term grants (7-10 months) are accepted annually in November. Short-term grants (1-6 months) accept applications in November and May.
The EDUFI Fellowships programme is open to young Doctoral level students and researchers from all countries and from all academic fields. The primary target group in the EDUFI Fellowship programme are such Doctoral level students who will be doing their Doctorate (or Double Doctorate) at a Finnish university. The scholarship period may vary from 3 to 12 months. The monthly allowance is 1,500 Euros. The scholarship is intended to cover living expenses in Finland for a single person. The programme is open for candidates of all foreign nationalities.
This specialized DAAD program offers up to ten German Studies Research Grants to highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students who are nominated by their department/program chairs. The grant may be used for short-term research (1-2 months) in either Germany or North America. The program is designed to encourage research and promote the study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective.
The Ransom Center will award 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships for projects that require the substantial on-site use of its collections. The collections support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. There are 1 to 3-month fellowships for independent and postdoctoral scholars, travel stipends for short-term visits and dissertation fellowships available at the center. Applicants from any nation are eligible and visa support will be given to international applicants.
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.
The program is offered to young pre- and postdoctoral researchers from the US, the UK, France, Germany and Canada. Held over a 2-month period in the summer, the program provides the participants with an orientation in Japanese language and culture and an opportunity to do cooperative research at a Japanese university or research institute. The program includes International travel (round-trip airfare), a maintenance allowance (534,000 yen) and accommodation. Deadlines vary by country and applicants must be nominated by the official authority in their county – see website.
The American Philosophical Society Library offers short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. We are a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture. The fellowships, funded by generous benefactors, are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Applicants may be: Holders of the Ph.D. or its equivalent, Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary examinations, and degreed independent scholars. A stipend of $3,000 per month is awarded for 1-3 months.
The Linda Hall Library offers funding to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and independent scholars in the history of science and related areas of science and technology studies. Scholars may apply for travel grants to support short (1-3 week) research visits to Kansas City or residential fellowships that provide more time (1-4 months) for in-depth engagement with the Library’s collections. In addition, fellows participate in a rich intellectual community of in-house experts, fellows, and scholars from nearby Kansas City institutions, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the University of Kansas (KU), and the Clendening History of Medicine Library at the KU Medical Center. Fellowships cover travel and living expenses up to $750/week for travel fellows, $3,000/month for doctoral residential fellows, and $4,200/month for postdoctoral residential fellows.
The Meyerhoff Internship Fellowship program provides select students at the Maryland Institute College of Art the opportunity to participate in a valuable summer internship experience. The fellowships will be awarded to deserving students, who have demonstrated financial need and have secured a substantive internship offer from an employer in their field. The fellowship will help with living expenses and transportation costs allowing students to seek competitive internships. Internships must be unpaid or require extra assistance to cover costs while completing them. Current undergraduate, graduate and international students are invited to apply.
Mobility Grant for Norwegian Language and Literature shall facilitate shorter study/research stays in Norway for foreign students. The grant must be used for fieldwork in Norway in connection with the thesis for a Master or PhD in Norwegian language and/or Norwegian literature. The scholarship is awarded for study stay of 1-3 months at a Norwegian higher education / research institution. The grant will cover expenses in connection with the research stay in Norway. The grant is currently NOK 10 092 per month. Fieldwork in one of the three northernmost counties in Norway will in addition imply an extra travel grant of NOK 1,000. Grants for travel to and from Norway are not awarded.
Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations or editions. Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.
The Newberry Collection, based in Chicago, IL, considers research projects that utilize the Newberry’s collection to advance scholarship in the humanities, in particular American history and culture, American Indian studies, genealogy, history of books, maps and postcards, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies, and religion. Graduate students and scholars can apply for Short-Term Fellowships of 1-2 months ($3000 stipend/month). PhD holders can apply to Long-Term Fellowships of 4-9 months ($5000 stipend/month). The Newberry also offers an $8,000 Publication Subvention award to subsidize the publication of a scholarly book.
The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society is home to more than 350,000 books, three million manuscripts, and distinctive collections of maps, photographs, and prints, as well as ephemera and family papers documenting the history of the United States from a distinctly New York perspective. Two or more Patricia and John Klingenstein Short-Term Fellowships will be awarded to scholars at any academic level. Fellows will conduct research in the library collections of the New-York Historical Society for two to four weeks at a time, and will receive a stipend of $1,500 to $2,000.
The Pierre & Patricia Bikai Fellowship will be awarded to assist one graduate student for two months or two students for one month in conducting archaeological research in Jordan. The fellowship will provide room and board at ACOR and a stipend of $600 per month. The fellowship may be combined with another ACOR fellowship that will assist with travel, or the applicant may find travel funds from other sources. This fellowship is not for field work support, but to allow the awardee to continue study or research at ACOR after the field project has concluded and residency at the ACOR center is required. Open to enrolled graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian citizens.
LancasterHistory.org will make available several short-term research fellowships for scholars utilizing the collections during the academic year. Our extensive archival, library, and object collections are capable of supporting research in a variety of fields and disciplines relating to the history of Lancaster County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and America from the late 17th century to the present. Fellowships are available for periods of one to four weeks ($500 per week; a total pool of $5,000) and must be used within 12 months of the award notification. There are two opportunities to apply each year.
The Preservation Society of Newport County’s Fellows Program offers scholars, emerging, and mid-career professionals the opportunity to conduct focused research and undertake projects within specified areas including, but not limited to: curatorial practice, exhibition design, material culture, public history, collections management, education and public practice, interpretation, landscape design history, public horticulture, and preservation policy. Applicants must have a master’s or PhD degree. There are residential and non-residential fellowships, as well as short-term and long-term options.
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden and the U.S. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, and RT transportation. Two types of fellowships are available: (1) 15-24 month master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution and (2) 3-month fellowships for experienced professionals working in peace-related fields at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. For more information, contact your local Rotary club or the Rotary Peace Centers Department at The Rotary Foundation.
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.
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution (STRI) in Panama allows selected candidates to come to STRI year-round and is an excellent resource to provide support for graduate students and introduce them to tropical research. Although focused primarily on graduate students, awards are occasionally given to undergraduate and postdoctoral candidates. These fellowships enable selected candidates to work in the tropics and explore research possibilities at STRI. Fellowships may provide a modest stipend to cover living expenses while at STRI (currently $800/month).
Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the CRLT Program serves graduate students and scholars who, in addition to support for research in the independent states of the former Soviet Union, require supplemental language instruction. Applicants must conduct research and language study for 3-9 months in the field. Participants must have at least an intermediate level of language proficiency. Fellowships range from $5K-$25K.
The program offers support for graduate students, faculty, Ph.D. candidates, post-doctorate, and independent scholars to conduct policy-relevant research for 3-9 months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine, Southeast Europe and Moldova. The total value of Title VIII Research Scholar fellowships ranges from $5K to $25K each. Typical awards include: international roundtrip airfare from the scholar’s home city to his/her host city overseas, academic affiliation at a leading local university, visa(s), opportunity for housing with a local host family and a living stipend. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are eligible.
The Howard H. Garrison Advocacy Fellowship is a 10-month cohort experience that provides instruction in advocacy, science policy, science communications, leadership development, and career exploration outside academia. The program is comprised of three core learning and professional development experiences: Science Policy and Advocacy Course, Communications and Advocacy Training, and Leadership / Professional Skills Development. Activities are virtual unless otherwise noted. Researchers from all career stages are welcome to apply, and graduate students must certify that they have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy at the time of application. All expenses are covered by FASEB, including registration, travel, and accommodations.
The one-month fellowship is offered annually, and is designed to provide access to Yale resources in LGBT Studies for scholars who live outside the greater New Haven area. This fellowship supports scholars from any field pursuing research in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer studies at Yale University, utilizing the vast faculty resources, manuscript archives, and library collections available at Yale. Graduate students conducting dissertation research, independent scholars, and all faculty are invited to apply. The fellowship provides an award of $4,000, which is intended to pay for travel to and from New Haven and act as a living allowance. The fellowship must take place between September and April.
The YSEALI Academic Fellows Program brings students between age 18 and 25 to the United States for a 5-week institute held on the campus of a U.S. college or university. Academic institutes cover the following YSEALI themes: civic engagement, environment and natural resource management, and entrepreneurship and economic development. Fellowships include an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service, and opportunities to engage with American peers. Young leaders from all 10 ASEAN countries that are current students or recently graduated are welcome to apply. Deadlines vary by country.
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