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Grants & Research Resources: An Alphabetical Listing

The following alphabetical listing of funding for research, scholarship and teaching is designed primarially for Vanderbilt faculty, post-doctoral researchers and staff, although some opportunities are also available for graduate-level students. Vanderbilt students interested in international fellowship or scholarship programs should contact the Vanderbilt Office of Honor Scholarships, at (615) 322-6329.

Funding with multiple categories that may be of particular interest are:


Alfa Fellowship Program

Drawing upon extensive contacts throughout industry, media, government, and non-profit institutions in Russia, the Alfa Fellowship Program will place participants in professional assignments at leading Russian institutions in business, media, and civil society. US citizenship, 25-35 years of age at time of application, and at least beginning Russian are required for eligibility. A graduate degree and professional experience in business, economics, journalism/mass communications, international relations, political science, government, or public policy will further your application.

American Association of University Women – International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited institutions are supported.

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS

This is an international non-profit organization working to advance education, research, and mutual understanding across the United States, Canada and the nations of Southeastern Europe, Eurasia, and South Asia. American Councils designs, implements, and supports innovative programs in education, professional development, and scholarly research. Founded in 1974 as an association for area and language professionals, American Councils has focused its expertise on academic exchange, professional training, distance learning, curriculum and test development, delivery of technical assistance, research, evaluation, and institution building. US citizenship is required to apply.

See in particular the following programs:

  • Title VIII Research Scholar Program: This American Councils program provides full support for graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars seeking to conduct research for three to nine months in Central Asia, Russia, the South Caucasus, Southeast Europe, Ukraine, and Moldova. Scholars may apply for support for research in more than one country during a single trip, provided they intend to work in the field for a total of three to nine months. Advanced language skills and US citizenship/permanent residency are required.
  • Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Program: Offers research and advanced language instruction opportunities in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
National Endowment for the Humanities & National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grant

Fellowships provide up to $40,000 for four to nine months of research in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The merit-based competition is open to all U.S. post-doctoral scholars in the humanities and most social sciences, including modern and classical languages, history, linguistics, literature, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, sociology, and ethics.

Summer Russian Language Teachers Program

Provides full support for teachers of Russian at the university, high school, and secondary school level to study Russian literature, language, culture, and second language pedagogy at Moscow State University for six weeks. Graduate students with a commitment to the teaching profession are also encouraged to apply.

BARRA Foundation International Fellowships

Two one-month fellowships are available to support research in residence in their collections by foreign national scholars of early American history and culture living outside the US.

Chinese Academy of Sciences Grants for International Scientists

Scientists wishing to apply should begin by exploring research opportunities with potential collaborators within the Institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. More information about these institutes is available at the CAS Institutes page. The grant will cover the recipient’s salary, daily living allowance, round-trip international airfare, and health insurance, at a level determined by CAS according to the length of the visit and the academic level of the visitor.

DAAD--German Exchange Service

The DAAD is a publicly-funded independent organization of higher education institutions in Germany. They provide information from 14 international offices as well as financial support to over 50,000 highly-qualified students and faculty per year for international research and study. Available to undergraduates, graduates, PhD and postdocs as well as to faculty in almost all academic fields.

Documenting Endangered Languages Funding

from the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, will support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases.

Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships

Funding to conduct public service projects anywhere in the world. For up to two years of support. Open to non-U.S. Citizens.

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program provides grants for graduate students, scholars and professionals, as well as teachers and administrators from the U.S. and other countries. Fulbright is sponsored by the United States Government.

  • Vanderbilt has established an extensive Fulbright Visiting Research Chairs Program in Canada, with awards, normally valued at US$ 25,000 for one semester, available in the following areas: Business, Trade and Finance; Education; Environment, Health and Sustainability; Governance, Peace and Security; Identity, Citizenship and Globalization; Law; Native Studies; and North American Studies. Click here for additional information on the Canadian research community.
  • The Fulbright New Century Scholars Program seeks to create a platform for collaborative thinking and analysis by combining the traditional Fulbright research exchange experience with a series of three seminar meetings and ongoing communication among the multinational and multidisciplinary participants. At the end of the program year, NCS Scholars will again convene to share the results of their individual research and collaborative engagement and to develop a set of recommendations for initiatives that will translate the results of their collaborative thinking into tangible impact on the local, regional or global level.
  • Fullbright-Hays Doctoral Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual faculty members to maintain and improve their area studies and language skills by conducting research abroad for periods of 6 to 12 months.
  • Fulbright Group Projects Abroad Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced language programs. Projects must focus on the humanities, social sciences, or languages and must concentrate on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and Canada), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East .
  • Fulbright Seminars Abroad Program provides short-term study/travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities to improve their understanding and knowledge of the people and culture of another country or countries. There are approximately seven to ten seminars with 14 to 16 participants in each seminar annually. Seminars are four to six weeks in duration.
  • Fulbright Programs for US Scholars : The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a unique public-private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, invites grant proposals from countries striving to combat these diseases.

HED – Higher Education for Development

The Higher Education for Development (HED) program office promotes higher education's engagement in social and economic development through institutional and human capacity building in developing countries. If your work, study or research is related to this topic, please visit HED’s website to learn how you can get involved.

Humboldt Research Fellowship Program

The Humboldt Research Fellowship Program supports highly qualified scholars of all nationalities and disciplines so that they may carry out long-term research projects in Germany. The Humboldt Research Fellowship program provides for a stay of 6 to 12 months in Germany for research. Applicants design their own research projects and select hosts at German institutions. Monthly stipends range from EUR 2,100 to 3,000; special allowances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and German language instruction. For applicants outside Germany, click here . For German applicants, click here.

IREE Summer Research Assignments in China

IREE 2010 awardees will receive a stipend (US$4,000 for graduate students and US$3,000 for undergraduate students) to conduct engineering-related research in China from May - August 2010 . Additionally, grant awardees will receive allowances for: an orientation program; travel to and housing/meals in China; plus a re-entry program. The 50 students (20 undergraduate and 30 graduate students) that receive the IREE award will spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier engineering research projects in university, industry, or government labs in China.

IREX – International Research and Exchanges Board

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.IREX facilitates the international exchange of students, scholars, and professionals through educational advising, standardized testing, study, research, and internships abroad, and fellowship administration.

IREX Small Grants Fund for the Middle East and North Africa

Grants between $2,500 and $10,000 for projects to support civil society organizations, education professionals, media, and journalists in the Middle East and North Africa. Open to non-U.S. Citizens.

Marshall Sherfield Fellowships

Designed to provide support for post-doctoral research at a British university or research institution. Candidates must be citizens of the United States normally resident in the United States and hold a doctorate in a science or engineering subject by the start of the award year. The fellowship provides airfare, stipend, and research funding.

National Academies Fellowships and Post-Doc Opportunities

The National Academies offer several different fellowships in science, engineering and medicine. Information on eligibility guidelines and application deadlines is available on specific programs' Web sites.

National Academies

Links to additional funding and research opportunities through the National Academies specifically for post-docs.

Open Society Institute & Soros Foundation Network (OSI)

OSI initiatives award grants, scholarships, and fellowships on a regular basis throughout the year. Applicants can determine their eligibility and view relevant initiatives and application guidelines.

Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI)

The Pan American Advanced Study Institutes (PASI) Program, is a jointly supported initiative between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Pan American Advanced Studies Institutes are short courses ranging in length from ten days to one month duration, involving lectures, demonstrations, research seminars and discussions at the advanced graduate and post-doctoral level.

P.E.O International

Fellowships & scholarships promote educational opportunities for women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood proudly sponsors no less than five international philanthropies, or projects, designed to assist women with their educational goals.

Project HOPE

Project HOPE entertains programs in Africa, Asia, and the Americas aiming at providing Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE). There are employment opportunities for professionals in the medical field, as well as a number of volunteer work places.

The Research Associateship Programs

These programs administer Postdoctoral (within 5 years of the doctorate) and Senior (normally 5 years or more beyond the doctorate) Research Awards sponsored by federal laboratories at over one hundred locations in the United States and overseas and are given for the purpose of conducting research in areas that are of interest to them and to the host laboratories and centers.

Rotary International

The Educational Programs Division of The Rotary Foundation exists to achieve understanding and world peace through the exchange of people internationally. It is the specific mission of the Educational Programs Division to provide quality programs and services to those individuals who apply for funding and logistical support to undertake a term of study or teaching abroad that is enhanced by becoming involved with Rotary before, during, and after their travel. The division, in conjunction with Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary districts, shall provide its assistance through scholarship, fellowship, and grant processes.

Smithsonian Fellowships

Unless noted otherwise, all Smithsonian fellowships (graduate, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, senior) opportunities are open to non-U.S. citizens.

Swiss Benevolent Society of New York Scholarships

Merit based awards for study at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels both in the U.S. and abroad. Open to Non-U.S. citizens.

UNESCO-L'Oreal Fellowships

These fellowships are awarded as part of the "For Women in Science" program. The Fellowships support women engaged in promising research in the life sciences. Each is worth a maximum of $20,000 toward doctoral or post-doctoral research projects.


UNICEF recruits specialists in areas such as Child Protection, Public Health, Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS, Human Resources, Finance, Auditing, Water and Sanitation, Administration, Accounting, Information Systems, Logistics, Communication, Fund raising, Marketing and Management for worldwide service. Several permanent employment opportunities as well as short-term jobs are available to qualified applicants. Master’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Urban Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowships

This fellowship provides $55,000 in funding to encourage research that relates to HUD’s strategic goals. Due to budget constraints at HUD, the HUD Urban Scholars Program will not be offered in 2005.

U.S. National Institutes of Health – John E. Fogarty International Center

A directory of grants and fellowships in the global health sciences. Since 1988, the Fogarty International Center, part of the National Institutes of Health, has published the Directory of International Grants and Fellowships in the Health Sciences, a comprehensive compilation of international funding opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research. It includes nearly 500 funding opportunities related to biomedical and behavioral sciences, with a special emphasis on researchers in the developing world and their collaborators. An addendum listing 100 grants specifically for short-term travel and exchange is also available.

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (formerly USIA)

Official information about all Fulbright programs, other official exchange programs, and information about U.S. government regulations concerning international educational exchange.

Vietnam Education Foundation

The foundation seeks to improve the science infrastructure in Vietnam. Fellowships are provided to Vietnamese students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in fields of science in the United States.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation International Collabrative Research Grants

The International Collaborative Research Grant (ICRG) supports international research collaborations between two or more qualified scholars, where the principal investigators bring different and complementary perspectives, knowledge, and/or skills to the project. By encouraging international collaborations, the grant contributes to the development of an international anthropology that values and incorporates different national perspectives and resources. By providing training funds, the grant helps to build capacity in countries were anthropology may be under-resourced.The grants are for a maximum of $30,000 for the research project. Proposals which include the optional training element can have an increased funding request up to a maximum of $35,000, of which no more than $10,000 can be for essential training purposes.

Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships Available in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Center awards approximately 20-25 residential fellowships annually to individuals with outstanding project proposals in a broad range of the social sciences and humanities on national and/or international issues. Topics and scholarship should relate to key public policy challenges or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illumine policy issues of contemporary importance.