PhD Funding Opportunities

This is a non-exhaustive list of some major fellowships and postdocs available to humanities PhD students or recent graduates.

Positions are for one year unless noted otherwise. Funding opportunities specific to a particular field will be added later. Please send any suggestions for additions or updates to Claire Waters ( ) and Robin Alexander ( 

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Deadline mid-May.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Visiting Scholars Program for postdocs and junior faculty. Deadline mid-October.

American Association of University Women American Fellowships, Dissertation and Postdoctoral. Deadline mid-November.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship. Deadline early November.

Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowships (some teaching). Deadline early October.

Cornell University Society for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowships (some teaching). Eligible fields vary by year (2008 – 09 not relevant to scholars of English/American lit.). Deadline late September.

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program   in Scholarly Information Resources for Humanists. Deadline mid-February.

Getty Research Grants for pre- and postdoctoral scholars. Deadline late October.

Michigan Society of Fellows: 3-year postdoctoral positions (some teaching). Deadline Sept 30th.

Penn Humanities Forum Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships (some teaching). Deadline mid-October.

Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts: 3-year postdoctoral positions (some teaching). Deadline October 1st.

Rice University Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships (some teaching). Deadline early December.

UC Davis Graduate Studies Travel Award Application. Spring Application Deadline: March 14th. Fall Application Deadline: October 15th.

UC Davis Internal Fellowship Application for continuing UCD graduate students. Deadline: December 1st. Must apply on-line.

UC Humanities Research Institute (at Irvine): various pre-and postdoctoral fellowships.

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Academic Diversity. Deadline mid-November.

University of Chicago Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts: 4-year postdoctoral positions (some teaching). Deadline mid-October.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity. Deadline early January.

Wesleyan University Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships. Deadline early January.