• The National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program is a foundation-wide effort to accelerate improvements in the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate education in all STEM fields. Undergraduate STEM education is critical for preparing both a diverse STEM workforce and a STEM-literate public that is ready to support and benefit from the progress of science. In pursuit of improving the quality and effectiveness of STEM education, IUSE supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. IUSE investments enable NSF to lead national progress toward a diverse and innovative workforce and a STEM-literate public. Applications are due February 2, 2021. For more information, or if you’re interested in applying, contact Christopher Tassava (ctassava@carleton.edu).

  • The National Science Foundation’s new Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) grant offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. Open to the following directorates: Biology, Geology, Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences, and Education and Human Resources (NOT open to Math, Physical Sciences, or Computer Sciences). Applications are due February 1, 2021. For more information, or if you’re interested in applying, contact the Grants Office (Charlotte Whited, cwhited@carleton.edu).

  • The National Endowment for the Humanities is now accepting applications to its tuition-free Summer Seminar and Institutes programs. Stipends of $1,300 to $3,450 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. Most of the Seminars and Institutes for higher education faculty will be offered online during summer 2021. Applications are due to the individual programs by March 1, 2021.

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients of the $6,000 grants spend two months of full-time work producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development; projects can begin as early as May 1, 2021.

    Since the College can only nominate two tenure-track or tenured faculty for Summer Stipends, all such faculty must submit applications to the College’s internal selection process by Friday, August 28, 2020. The College’s two nominees will be notified by Friday, September 11.

    Non-tenure track faculty can submit applications outside of this process.


    • College: Friday, August 28, 2020 (for tenure-track or tenured applicants)
    • NEH: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (for the tenure-track or tenured faculty nominees and for any non-tenure-track applicants)

    Please contact Charlotte Whited at x5833 or cwhited for more information.

    NEH Summer Stipend program webpage

  • Project Pericles is pleased seek new participants in the Periclean Faculty Leadership (PFL) Program™ in the Humanities. PFLs will receive $4,000 to design new or significantly revised courses across the humanities that incorporate community-based projects addressing six grand challenges: Climate Change, Education Access, Immigration, Mass Incarceration, Race and Inequality, and Voter Engagement. Proposals are due by March 2, 2020.

  • The National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations.

  • The HistoryMakers is inviting applications for one of three sets of fellowships – Academic Research, Digital Humanities, and Creative Study – created from funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for the period of Summer 2020 (April–September 2020). Applicant’s work must use content from The HistoryMakers Digital Archive. Submission is open to both faculty and students. Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 2, 2020.

  • NSF Research Opportunity Awards (ROAs) are typically used to enable faculty members at PUIs to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investigators at other institutions. An ROA is intended to increase or maintain the visitor’s research capability and effectiveness, to improve research and research teaching capabilities at his or her home institution, and to enhance the impacts and outcomes of the NSF-funded research of the host principal investigator. Most frequently, ROA activities are summer experiences but partial support of sabbaticals may sometimes be provided.

  • NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for K-12 educators and higher education faculty to spend 1-4 weeks of the summer studying a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $1,200-$3,300 help cover expenses for these programs, located around the country.

  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest is soliciting pre-proposals for grants from the Faculty Career Enhancement (FaCE) program for inter-departmental and inter-institutional projects on the liberal arts curriculum. Pre-proposals must be submitted online by Friday, October 25.