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A request for proposals (RFP) is a funder’s written announcement inviting proposals, usually for a specific grant program. 

  • Our office serves as a clearinghouse for many RFPs. Current opportunities can be found below.
  • We disseminate select RFPs via email directly to faculty and administrators in relevant schools and centers.
  • If an RFP is a limited funding opportunity, for which a limited number of applicants per institution may apply, it is generally announced by the Stanford Research Development Office and an internal selection committee decides on the final candidate(s). UCFR manages a small number of limited RFPs, as indicated below.
  • Additional RFP resources are listed on the Funding Search Tools page.

Funding Opportunities & Resources

November Deadlines:

California Humanities

California Documentary Project Grants

Cal Humanities is accepting proposals for its California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program, through which it supports film, audio, or digital media projects that document California subjects and issues, use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective, and have the potential to reach and engage audiences statewide and nationally. Productions of any documentary style and length are eligible—shorts, features, podcasts, web series, VR, (and more). CDP Research and Development grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions in their earliest stages. CDP Production grants help propel projects toward completion.

Funding Amount: Up to $15K (Research and Development Grants); Up to $50K (Production Grants)

Deadline: November 1, 2023


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Health Policy Fellows Program

The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program supports RWJF’s vision for building a Culture of Health by creating a strong and diverse leadership in health policy committed to advancing health and health equity. Initiated in 1973, this is a nonpartisan fellowship program located in Washington, D.C., for midcareer professionals interested in increasing their expertise in health policy.

The program is seeking outstanding midcareer health professionals, behavioral and social scientists, and others with an interest in health and the drivers of health who are skilled and committed; with expertise in health and health equity; and can offer an informed perspective on important and complex challenges facing policymakers. Fellows actively participate in the policy process in congressional or executive branch offices of their choosing and leverage this leadership experience to promote policies, practices, and systems changes that advance health and health equity. The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) conducts and administers the fellowship, with funding support from RWJF.

The fellowship requires a full-time commitment starting in September with a minimum 12-month residence in Washington, D.C., which prepares individuals to influence the future of health in the nation. Fellows will meet with national leaders well-versed in health, healthcare policy, health equity, social determinants of health, and structural racism; think tanks and interest groups; key executive branch officials; and members of Congress and their staffs. A concentrated orientation is designed to prepare the fellows for immediate success in federal legislative and executive branch positions.

Applicants must have earned an advanced degree (masters or doctoral degree). In addition, applicants must have deep experience and subject matter expertise in a health-related discipline. Examples include but are not limited to medicine; nursing; public health; law, dentistry; economics and other social sciences (especially disciplines related to factors that influence population health, such as housing, transportation, nutrition, wealth, employment, education, and environmental and community conditions); health services and social work/behavioral health; and other health professions.

Funding Amount: Up to $175K

Deadline: November 1, 2023 (Registration is required)


Simons Foundation

Simons Collaborations in Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for the Simons Collaborations in MPS program. The aim of the Simons Collaborations in MPS program is to stimulate progress on fundamental scientific questions of major importance in mathematics, theoretical physics and theoretical computer science. A Simons Collaboration in MPS should address a mathematical or theoretical topic of fundamental scientific importance, where a significant, new development creates a novel area for exploration or provides a new direction for progress in an established field. The questions addressed by the collaboration may be concrete or conceptual, but there should be little doubt that answering them would constitute a major scientific milestone. The project should have clearly defined initial activities and goals by which progress and success can be measured. The support from the foundation should be seen as critical for the objectives of the project.

The project should involve outstanding researchers in a range of career stages. Excellence of the scientific leadership is one of the main criteria in the selection process. The project should be organized and managed in a manner engendering a high level of collaboration. The collaboration director must hold a tenured faculty, or equivalent, position at a U.S. educational institution, on a campus within these countries, with a Ph.D. program in the director’s department at the time of application. PIs and co-Investigators (co-Is) must hold a tenured or tenure-track faculty, or equivalent, position at an educational institution at the time of application. There are no restrictions on the department and/or discipline of the director or PIs/co-Is. PIs, co-Is and other collaboration participants may be from non-U.S. institutions. A co-I must be employed by or be affiliated with a PI institution or another organization participating in the project under a consortium agreement.

Funding Amount: Up to $2M/yr for an initial period of 4 yrs

Deadline: November 1, 2023 (Letter of Intent)


Simons Foundation

Simons Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards

The Simons Foundation’s Life Sciences division is now accepting applications for its Simons Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards. The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the fields of microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry and/or microbial evolution in marine or natural freshwater systems, who will advance our understanding through field work, experiments, modeling or theory. Investigators must currently be active in basic research addressing fundamental questions in these fields and must focus a large fraction of their lab’s effort in this area. Applicants whose research focuses on the microbiomes of animals or plants, symbioses of microbes with animals, paleoceanography, geobiology or aquatic pollution will not be considered.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. They must currently hold a tenure-track, tenured or, for institutions with no tenure track, an equivalent independent position in an institution in the U.S. or Canada (in a campus within these countries) and have carried out research in such a position starting no earlier than November 2018 and no later than January 2023. They must be the principal investigator (PI), co-PI or co-investigator (Co-I) currently or within the past year on a research grant from a national governmental agency or major national or international foundation that awards direct funding to their institution for their research in the field of microbial ecology and/or evolution in marine or natural freshwater systems. They may also be eligible if they hold such a grant in a closely related field AND are an author on a publication in the field of aquatic microbial ecology or evolution within the last three years.

Funding Amount: $270K/yr for 3 yrs

Deadline: November 1, 2023 (Letter of Intent)


McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience

Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Neurobiology of Brain Disorders Award (NBD Award) assists scientists working to apply the knowledge achieved through basic research to human brain disorders, and who demonstrate a commitment to equitable and inclusive lab environments. 

We are interested in proposals that address the biological mechanisms of neurological and psychiatric disorders. This includes proposals that provide mechanistic insights into neurological functions at the synaptic, cellular, molecular, genetic or behavioral level across different species, including humans and vertebrate and invertebrate model organisms. A new additional area of interest is the contribution of the environment to brain disorders. We are particularly interested in proposals that incorporate new approaches and in those that provide potential paths for therapeutic interventions. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are encouraged.  

Early-life environmental stress is a powerful disposing factor for later neurological and psychiatric disorders. Studies show communities of color are at higher risk for these stressors, which range from environmental (e.g. climate, nutrition, exposure to chemicals, pollution) to social (e.g. family, education, housing, poverty). From a clinical perspective, understanding how environmental factors contribute to brain disease is essential for developing effective therapies.  

Applicants for the McKnight NBD Award must be independent investigators at not-for-profit research institutions in the United States, and must hold a faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. We are interested in geographic, gender, and racial diversity, and we encourage women and members of underrepresented communities to apply. Funds may be used toward a variety of research activities, but not the recipient’s salary. The candidate’s other sources of funding will be considered when selecting awards. A candidate may not hold another award from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience that would overlap in time with the Neurobiology of Brain Disorders award. 

Funding Amount: $300K

Deadline: November 6, 2023 (Letter of Intent)


Russell Sage Foundation

Research Grants (Core Programs and Special Initiatives)

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under all of its core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in ContextFuture of Work; Immigration and Immigrant IntegrationRace, Ethnicity and ImmigrationSocial, Political, and Economic Inequality. It will also accept LOIs relevant to its core programs that address the effects (a) of social movements, such as drives for unionization and mass social protests, and the effects of racial/ethnic/gender bias and discrimination on a range of outcomes related to social and living conditions in the U.S. and (b) of the 2023 Supreme Court decision on race-conscious affirmative action and the relative merits of different models to promote diversity and the educational attainment and economic mobility of underrepresented and lower-income students.

We are particularly interested in analyses that make use of newly available data or demonstrate novel uses of existing data, to answer emerging or long-standing questions of interest in the foundation’s program areas and special initiatives. We also support original data collection. Proposals to conduct field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged.

All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a doctorate. In rare circumstances, RSF may consider applications from scholars who do not hold a doctorate but can demonstrate a strong career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research.

Funding Amount: Up to $200K

Deadline: November 7, 2023 (Letter of Inquiry)


Nasdaq Foundation

Quarterly Grants Program

The Nasdaq Foundation's Quarterly Grant Program strives to accelerate progress in diversifying entrepreneurship and empowering a more diverse group of investors, and is accepting grant requests for programs that align with our mission.

Areas of Focus

We use our resources in two areas of focus:

1.       Programs designed to empower diverse investors with the financial knowledge and confidence they need to share in the wealth that markets can create.

2.       Programs designed to support women and under-represented minority communities with the resources needed to grow and sustain their businesses.

Program Criteria

1.       Empower diverse investors with the financial knowledge and confidence they need to share in the wealth that markets can create.

Grants will be given in this area to organizations and programs which deliver impact in one or more of the following ways:

•         Enhance financial literacy among women and under-represented communities

•         Improve access to knowledge and tools among women and under[1]represented communities

The Nasdaq Foundation generally does not fund financial literacy projects which focus exclusively on K-12 education.

2.       Support diverse entrepreneurs with the resources to strengthen and scale their businesses and contribute to the prosperity of society.

Grants will be given in this area to organizations and programs which deliver impact in one or more of the following ways:

·       Equip women and diverse founders with mentoring and resources

·       Improve access to capital for women and diverse founders

 There is no limit as to the number of proposals a single entity may submit at one time

Funding Amount: $75K average grant

Deadline: November 10, 2023


Pershing Square Foundation

MIND (Maximizing Innovation in Neuroscience Discovery) Prize

The Pershing Square Foundation’s brain initiative funds cutting-edge research that revolutionizes our ability to predict, prevent, and treat neurodegenerative diseases (NDDs). The MIND (Maximizing Innovation in Neuroscience Discovery) Prize supports and empowers early-to-mid-career investigators to rethink conventional paradigms around NDDs. Modeled after the Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, the MIND Prize catalyzes interdisciplinary approaches and facilitate collaborations across academic departments and institutions. It fuels the groundbreaking research that will accelerate our understanding of NDDs at every level. 

Projects may range from the invention of novel tools, techniques, and technologies for mapping and analyzing the brain to bold approaches that demonstrate extraordinary therapeutic potential. Research domains may include—but are not limited to—neurobiology, brain imaging and mapping, machine learning, drug delivery, and synthetic biology. 

An MD, PhD, or MD-PhD degree (or equivalent) is required. Applicants must have completed at least one (1) but no more than ten years of independent research experience as a tenure-track faculty member by the start date of the Prize (May 2024). Investigators need not be specifically trained in neuroscience; however, they should have access to an environment capable of conducting high-quality, high-impact research related to the understanding of the human brain and/or cognition, with a lens on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementias.

Funding Amount: $750K over 3 yrs

Deadline: November 13, 2023 (Letter of Intent)


Kaiser Permanente Center for Gun Violence Research and Education

Spring 2024 Funding Opportunity

The Center seeks to broaden the field of gun violence research to include more researchers and organizations that work closely with communities affected by gun violence. The Spring 2024 Funding Opportunity aims to invest in efforts that advance evidence for interventions that reduce the incidence and impact of community gun violence and firearm suicide and promote well-being and healing where it is needed most.

The Center’s Spring 2024 Funding Opportunity seeks to support individuals, institutions, and organizations that intend to engage or are already engaged in research on gun violence prevention. It will also support projects that educate and change narratives regarding gun violence, focused on the public health approach. Funding support will be prioritized for organizations led by or meaningfully serving communities disproportionately impacted by gun violence.

Funding opportunities are available in three categories:

Category 1: Up to $60,000/2 years (or up to $30,000/year for 2 years): Build the capacity of organizations and individuals involved in gun violence prevention to engage in research activities.

Category 2: Up to $200,000/2 years (or up to $100,000/year for 2 years): Expand evidence-based interventions, clinical care models, educational initiatives, or communications projects alongside enhanced research capabilities.

Category 3: Up to $600,000/3 years (or up to $200,000/year for 3 years): Advance publishable research that will shift and inform how the field understands and approaches gun violence prevention and intervention.

Funding Amount: Up to $600K

Deadline: November 13, 2023 (Letter of Intent)



Mental Health Award: Understanding how anxiety- and trauma-related problems develop, persist and resolve

Wellcome is accepting applications for its Mental Health Award: Understanding how anxiety- and trauma-related problems develop, persist and resolve. This call will fund research that advances scientific understanding of the causal mechanisms through which brain, body and environment interact over time in the development, persistence and resolution of anxiety- and trauma-related disorders.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must address at least one of the following two priorities. 

1. Research that considers multiple levels of explanation 

The causes and solutions of mental health problems are likely to involve a combination of biological, psychological and social factors. Integrated approaches are therefore crucial to understanding the causal mechanisms of mental health problems.  

We are therefore looking to fund research that examines questions at more than one level of explanation (for example, molecular, cellular, systems, cognitive, behavioural, social, environmental or societal). This may involve using different experimental models (for example, organoid and rodent models) and human participants; however, this is not a requirement.  

2. Research in low- and middle-income countries  

Of the more than 300 million people living with an anxiety-related problem globally, an estimated 79% (238 million) live in low- and middle-income countries. Despite this, research into anxiety-related problems in these countries has been underfunded, with less than $2 million spent on anxiety each year, compared to over $17 million spent on depression. Without a better understanding of how these problems develop, persist and resolve in these countries, we will not be able to progress towards our vision of a world in which no one is held back by mental health problems.  

You can apply to this call if you are a team of researchers: 

We encourage applications from: 

  • diverse and interdisciplinary teams, with collaborations covering multiple areas of expertise (for example, biological, psychological and social)
  • researchers at any stage of their career, including early career researchers and/or those who are new to the field of mental health science. 

Funding Amount: Up to £4 million

Deadline: November 14, 2023 (Preliminary applications)


December Deadlines:

Spencer Foundation

Research Grants on Education: Small

The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. Eligible investigators may also request additional supplemental funds for a course release.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, or method. Our goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. We seek to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse. 

The program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career. We anticipate that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others.

Moreover, we expect and welcome methodological diversity in answering pressing questions; thus, we are open to projects that utilize a wide array of research methods including quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, ethnographies, design-based research, participatory methods, and historical research, to name a few. We are open to projects that might incorporate data from multiple and varied sources, span a sufficient length of time as to achieve a depth of understanding, or work closely with practitioners or community members over the life of the project.

Funding Amount: Up to $50K

Deadline: December 6, 2023


American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to invite applications for Digital Justice Development Grants, which are made possible by The Mellon Foundation.  Through both their content and methods, projects funded by ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants pursue the following activities:

  • Engage with the interests and histories of people of color and other historically marginalized communities, including (but not limited to) Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities; people with disabilities; and queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people.
  • Advance beyond the prototyping or proof-of-concept phase and articulate the next financial, technological, and intellectual phases of project development.
  • Cultivate greater openness to new sources of knowledge and strategic approaches to content building and knowledge dissemination.  
  • Engage in capacity building efforts, including but not limited to: pedagogical projects that train students in digital humanities methods as a key feature of the project’s content building practice; publicly engaged projects that develop new technological infrastructure with community partners; trans-institutional projects that connect scholars across academic and cultural heritage institutions.

This program addresses inequities in access to tools and support for digital work among scholars across various fields, those working with under-utilized or understudied source materials, and those in institutions with less support for digital projects. It promotes inclusion and sustainability by extending the opportunity to participate in the digital transformation of humanistic inquiry to a greater number of humanities scholars and projects at the beginning stages of development. Finally, ACLS Digital Justice Development Grants offer scholars and project leaders general financial planning coaching from the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Such an opportunity provides a foundation upon which grant recipients can envision the possible long-term financial options for supporting their digital projects.

ACLS grants do not support projects whose sole or primary focus is the sole production of creative works (e.g., novels or films), textbooks, straightforward translations, or purely pedagogical projects. Institutional indirect costs will not be covered.


  • Project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in the humanities and/or the interpretative social sciences.
  • Projects must demonstrate evidence of significant preliminary work as well as a record of engagement and impact with scholarly and/or public audiences.
  • Projects must be made as widely available as intellectual property constraints allow, ideally with the most liberal open-source and Creative Commons license that is appropriate for the underlying content.
  • An institution of higher education in the United States must administer any awarded grant funds.

Funding Amount: $50K-$100K

Deadline: December 15, 2023


Ongoing Deadlines

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. We are concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander people, and other races and ethnicities)—as well as the ways in which racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+ or a gender minority.

This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.

E4A seeks grantees who are deeply committed to conducting rigorous and equitable research and ensuring that their findings are actionable in the real world. In addition to research funding, RWJF also supports grantees with stakeholder engagement, dissemination of findings, and other activities that can enhance their projects’ potential to “move the needle” on health and racial equity. Only through intentional and collaborative efforts to disrupt racism and translate research to action can we hope to build a more just and equitable society and a Culture of Health.

Grant periods are flexible up to 36 months; rare exceptions may be made for projects needing up to 48 months if sufficient justification is provided. Our preference is for projects that produce findings in the near term.

Funding Amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling


Charles Koch Foundation

Trade Policy Research

The Charles Koch Foundation is pleased to invite proposals for research and related projects that bridge the gap between theory and practice and contribute to contemporary debates around important trade-policy issues. We are especially interested in research related to the topics below.

Getting our approach to trade with China right

  • Examining the potential impact of China’s mega-initiatives on the United States, such as the Belt and Road Initiative or China’s large-scale investments in Africa. This could be along economic, social, diplomatic, and/or security lines.
  • Exploring issues and topics related to U.S-China trade and foreign direct investment and implications for national security.
  • Examining how to better protect U.S. intellectual property in China and other markets.
  • Exploring the impact of Chinese tech theft and commercial espionage on American businesses.
  • Examining the real threat of China as compared to the threat claimed by domestic interest groups, businesses, think tanks, and the media.
  • Exploring opportunities for U.S.-China economic cooperation.
  • Exploring the role of the WTO in dispute settlement.

National industrial policy

  • Assessing the historical track record of national industrial policy in the United States.
  • Conducting a comparative analysis of countries’ industrial policies, with a focus on possible lessons for the United States.
  • Exploring alternative means of achieving the stated goals of national industrial policy, e.g. increasing innovation, productivity growth, unemployment gains, etc.

Free trade and flourishing

  • Examining the impact and value of Free Trade Agreements, especially in comparison to managed trade agreements.
  • Presenting solutions to any concentrated costs that may be caused by Free Trade Agreements.

Funding Amount: Varies

Deadline: Rolling


Smith Richardson Foundation

Domestic Public Policy Program

The mission of the Smith Richardson Foundation is to contribute to important public debates and to address serious public policy challenges facing the United States.  The foundation seeks to help ensure the vitality of our social, economic, and governmental institutions.  It also seeks to assist with the development of effective policies to compete internationally and to advance U.S. interests and values abroad. The Domestic Public Policy Program supports projects that will help the public and policy makers understand and address critical challenges facing the United States.  To that end, the foundation supports research on and the evaluation of existing public policies and programs, as well as projects that inject new ideas into public debates. 

Funding Amount: Varies

Deadline: Concept papers accepted anytime


Simons Foundation

Targeted Grants in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

The Simons Foundation’s Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) division invites applications for its new Targeted Grants in MPS program. The program is intended to support high-risk projects of exceptional promise and scientific importance on a case-by-case basis. A typical Targeted Grant in MPS provides funding for up to five years. The funding provided is flexible and based on the type of support requested in the proposal. Indirect costs are limited to 20% of direct costs, with the following exceptions: equipment, tuition, and any subcontracts with budgets, including indirect expenses. Indirect costs paid to a subcontractor may not exceed 20% of the direct costs paid to the subcontractor. Expenses for experiments, equipment, or computations, as well as for personnel and travel, are allowable. Applications may be submitted by established U.S. and foreign public and private educational institutions and stand-alone research centers.

Funding Amount: Varies

Deadline: Letter of Inquiry accepted anytime


Limited Programs:

Please note: For reference only; deadline has passed

2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Competition

Limited submission program for sabbatical-eligible faculty (see eligibility) - a university-wide internal nomination process is required. The fellowships of $200,000 each enable recipients to take sabbaticals of one or two years from their institution to focus on research and writing. 

Award Purpose: 

The Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities by enabling extraordinary senior or junior scholars, journalists, and public intellectuals to pursue research on pressing issues and cultural transitions, facing us at home and abroad. Institutions are encouraged to nominate those “whose proposals incorporate, among other elements, historical precedents, cultural underpinnings, and moral arguments.”

2022 topics:

Candidates should be proposing work on one of the following topics (additional information available here)

  • Global connections and global ruptures
  • Strengthening U.S. democracy and exploring new narratives
  • Environments, natural and human
  • Technological and cultural creativity—potential and perils

# of nominations: 

Two nominations are permitted from each university: one junior scholar and one senior scholar. (See eligibility below)


Internal university deadline: Fri., Oct. 29, 2021, 5:00 pm (see the internal nomination process below)

The nominee(s) selected to represent Stanford will be notified: Fri., Nov. 5, 2021

Sponsor’s deadline:  Nov. 22, 2021

Fellows announced: April 2022

Start of the fellowship: by September 1, 2022



  • Senior, junior, and emerging scholars; journalists; and public intellectuals
  • A “junior” scholar (sabbatical-eligible faculty) will have received the PhD (or terminal degree in the field) ten years ago or fewer (2011-2021).  A junior scholar may hold any title, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. The junior status is determined by the year his/her degree was earned.
  • A “senior” scholar (sabbatical-eligible faculty) is more than ten years out from the PhD or terminal degree
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency status
  • See the award terms below.  

Award terms

  • Fellowships of $200,000 each, enabling recipients to take sabbaticals of one or two years from their institution to focus on research and writing. Fellowships may be used for such expenses as salary, fringe benefits, project-related travel, research assistants, and translators. No indirects are provided to the university.
  • While the fellowship can be paid directly to the individual or through the home institution, Stanford highly recommends that it be paid to the individual. (Please consult your financial advisor and department manager on tax implications, benefits, contributions, etc.) 
  • Carnegie does not fund dissertations, debt repayments, lobbying efforts, the purchase of equipment, or rent. 
  • In accepting the nomination, candidates are affirming that, if chosen for the fellowship, s/he will accept the fellowship. 
  • Recipients may not accept other fellowships in addition to the Carnegie fellowship for the same time period. 

Carnegie’s Selection Criteria and Process:

  • Originality and promise of the idea, as it relates to the four program topics
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Potential impact on the field
  • Record of the nominee
  • Plans to communicate findings to a broad audience
  • Carnegie’s selection process will consist of two stages. First, anonymous, nationally prominent experts in various fields will conduct a preliminary evaluation of nominees’ proposals. Then the top proposals will be forwarded to the members of the jury for their scrutiny and ultimate decision.


By Fri., Oct. 29, 2021 5:00pm please send one PDF file containing the following in the order listed below via email attachment to:

Amanda Reilly

Associate Director

University Corporate and Foundation Relations


File name: Last Name_Carnegie.pdf

1) Title page

2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program

Name of nominee

Nominee Scholar Category:  junior or senior



Email address, phone number

2) Nomination letter from your Department Chair or Dean printed on department letterhead and addressed to the Carnegie Fellows Program Review committee which provides a brief description of the candidate’s qualifications and potential, and how his or her contributions will address pressing issues and cultural shifts affecting us at home and abroad. (This letter is for internal review only.)

3) Internal Application materials 

  • 3-5 page prospectus describing the project, including a projected work plan and approximate time frame. The prospectus should be double-spaced and set at a minimum 12-point font. NB: jurors will not read any prospectus beyond the five-page limit (footnotes and bibliography excepted).
  • CV 
  • Budget in Carnegie’s format: Carnegie’s budget template and instructions are located here

Selection Process

A committee appointed by the Provost will review applications and select up to two nominees. Applicants will be notified by Nov. 5. The selected nominee(s) will then be asked to provide additional materials (1-page summary of the prospectus, a description of the project in 75 words or fewer, 1-page summary of the CV [bulleted form], a short narrative biography (250-400 words), relevant social media links, and a high-resolution photo). The University Corporate and Foundation Relations office will help assemble and submit the application by November 22, including the necessary institutional letter of nomination.


Please click here for limited program announcements