There are many grants, awards, and fellowships, some targeted very specifically. Feel free to come and discuss your project with us. The Center for the Humanities is happy to assist graduate students and faculty with all aspects of the grant application process, from identifying funding sources, to formulating a proposal, to creating a budget, to proofing a final draft. Contact Sarah McCullough, Associate Director, for more details.


To find more grant opportunities, check out the following grant finding sources:

GrantSelect and Pivot grant databases on the UCSD Office of Research website. You will need to create an account to search the Pivot database.

Vanderbilt College also maintains a listing of humanities grant opportunities.


1) You can start early to allow time to prepare and refine an application.

2) You can (often) discuss your project idea with the agency before you submit the proposal.

3) You can read and follow instructions exactly. This is not as common as you might think!

4) You can state clearly what your research question is.

5) You can show why your question is important by connecting it to issues that non-experts understand and value.

6) You can explain why your proposed method (which the grant will fund) is well-chosen, necessary, and sufficient to answer that question.

7) You can point to your experience to show why you are well-prepared to take on this project.

8 ) You can get feedback on your applications. With appropriate lead time, we at the Center for the Humanities will be happy to read and discuss your proposal.

9) You can gradually make contacts with potential collaborators in and outside of your field.

10) You can keep applying. You will be turned down some of the time. The more often you apply, the higher the probability of success. Remember that small awards give you a track record that will help with larger awards.