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Arts and Humanities

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Scholarships:

This scholarship is awarded by NABJ to students with a demonstrated interest in journalism and community service. Students must show a desire to pursue a career in journalism.

Deadline: Typically in February

National Endowment for the Humanities:

Fellowships 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, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development.
Applicants interested in research projects that require digital expression and digital publication are encouraged to apply for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.

Deadline: Typically in April

Smithsonian Minority Awards Program:

The Office of Fellowships and Internships offers visiting student awards to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. This program is designed to provide beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields by conducting research using its collections with a Smithsonian research staff member serving as an advisor at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices.
Visiting Student Awards are available for currently enrolled graduate students in fields that are actively pursued by the museums and research organizations of the Institution. Visiting Students pursue independently designed research projects in association with Smithsonian staff.
Applicants must be:

  • Engaged in graduate study at the time of the appointment
  • In good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or equivalent
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident
  • Available full-time (40 hours per week) for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring.
  • Actively engaged in a field of study that relates to current Smithsonian research

Stipend: $600 per week, a small research allowance and with possible travel allowance
All Sessions = 10 weeks, full time (40 hours per week)

Deadline: Typically in February and October

The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program:

Smithsonian Institution Fellows conduct independent study and research related to SI collections, experts, or facilities in cooperation with at least one Smithsonian advisor. The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is administered through the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI).
The Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program is open to:
Graduate Students, Predoctoral Students, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Senior Researchers
Graduate Student Fellowships
Graduate Student Fellowships are typically 10 weeks in length. Students must be formally enrolled in a graduate program of study at a degree granting institution. Before the appointment begins fellows must still be enrolled and must have completed at least one full time semester or its equivalent. Graduate Student Fellowships are usually intended for students who have not yet been advanced to candidacy if in a doctoral program. Graduate student fellowships are offered for ten weeks and are not available for periods of less or more than ten weeks.
Predoctoral Student Fellowships
Predoctoral Student Fellowships are typically (pls see below for exceptions) 3 to 12 months in length. Students must be enrolled in a university as a candidate for the Ph.D. or equivalent. By the time the appointment begins the university must approve the undertaking of dissertation research at the Smithsonian Institution and certify that requirements for the doctorate, other than the dissertation, have been met.
Deadline: Typically in December

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships:

NOTE: These are expired guidelines.
The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.
The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in poetry.
You may apply only once each year.
If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or e-mail

Deadline: Typically in August

James Madison Fellowship:

Intended for future secondary school teachers undertaking the study of the constitution. The fellowships are intended exclusively for graduate study leading to master's degrees, for those who intend to become secondary school teachers of American history, American government, or social studies in grades 7-12. Can be used at any institution. Renewable for up to two years of graduate study.

Deadline: Typically in March

Hispanic Scholarship Fund:

In partnership with the McNamara Family Foundation, this program will provide financial resources to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time in a creative arts related field -media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, and others- to assist them in beginning and completing an art project.

Deadline: Typically in January

Humane Studies Fellowships:

The fellowships support study in fields such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology.
Eligibility: Full-time graduate students (including law students) from any accredited university in the world. Must have research interests related to liberty in society.

Deadline: Typically in January