By alphabetical order


International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada


IDRC is a public corporation created by the Parliament of Canada to help developing countries use science and technology to find practical, long-term solutions to the social, economic, and environmental problems they face. IDRC funds research activities that are designed to provide direct benefits to developing countries and their citizens.


Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) aims at strengthening regional and interdisciplinary networking between the scientists and scholars sponsored by the foundation, at supporting worldwide contacts and at introducing young scientists to the work of the Humboldt Foundation and to research in Germany. The program each year enables 500 young highly qualified scholars resident outside Germany who hold doctorates to carry out research projects of their own choice in Germany (age limit: 40 years). 
Submission Deadline: Anytime

German Academic Exchange Service


Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst supports and promotes all areas relating to science, research, language, teaching and very much more. The 200 and more programmes range from short-term exchanges for research or teaching purposes through to doctoral scholarships lasting several years for graduates from developing countries, from information visits by delegations of foreign university vicechancellors through to the long-term regional programmes conceived to establish efficient higher education systems in the Third World.

Gottlieb Daimler- and Karl Benz-Foundation


The purpose of Gottlieb Daimler- and Karl Benz-Foundation is to promote science and research focussed on the interrelationship between humanity, environment and technology, and particularly to support interdisciplinary approaches to these issues.

Heinrich Böll Foundation


The Heinrich Böll Foundation, is a legally autonomous and intellectually open political foundation. Its foremost task is political education in Germany and abroad with the aim of promoting informed democratic opinion, socio-political commitment and mutual understanding.

Rosa Luxemburg Foundation


The Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation is particularly active in adult and youth political educational in the Federal Republic of Germany and has developed into a nationwide institution in this field. The Foundation has, the possiblity to offer financial assistance to advanced students, post-graduates and scholars from other countries.

Volkswagen Foundation


The Volkswagen Foundation provides financial support for academic research in all fields in Germany as well as other countries. The main thrust is to stimulate new interdisciplinary developments, to help create highly qualified research capacities, and to establish novel path-breaking fields of research. 
Submission Deadline: Anytime


Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation
Foreigners' Fellowship Programme


Annual programme of research grants and educational scholarships which is addressed to non Greeks, full members of National Academies, University Professors of all levels (PhD holders), postdoctoral researchers, post-graduate students and PhD candidates.


Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities


A major role of the Israel Academy is to promote and coordinate scholarly contacts between Israel and the international community, partly on the basis of international agreements for scientific cooperation, and partly by representing Israel in international scientific organizations. The Academy is the signatory to over thirty international agreements providing for reciprocal visits by Israeli and foreign scholars and joint scientific workshops.
Submission Deadline: Anytime

Israel Science Foundation


The Israel Science Foundation (ISF) is Israel's major research funding organization. Set up by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the ISF supports academic research in all fields.


Asahi Glass Foundation


The Asahi Glass Foundation supports research in leading-edge scientific and technological fields and recognizes individual and organizational efforts to solve issues of concern to people around the world. Human and social sciences research assistance is awarded for projects that endeavour to find solutions to serious problems that have arisen as a result of rapid social change.

Canon Foundation in Europe


The Canon Foundation in Europe is a philanthropic, grant-making institution, active in the promotion of international cultural and scientific relations between Europe and Japan. Annually, it grants up to 15 fellowships to young, highly qualified, Master's or Doctor's degree European and Japanese researchers, not older than 40 years. The fellowships are awarded regardless of disciplines and existing employment positions.

Toshiba International Foundation


The Foundation strives to contribute to the development of international understanding by promoting exchange activities, including the organization and sponsorship of symposia and seminars that further worldwide understanding of Japan. The Foundation also participates in programs designed to support development of international communities.

Toyota Foundation


The Toyota Foundation is a grant-making organization dedicated to the goals of realizing greater human fulfilment and contributing to the development of a human-oriented society. In general grants are awarded to individuals or to individuals on behalf of a group, and not to organizations. Activities supported may include individual or group research projects, conferences or public seminars, publications, or other modalities.


International Institute for Asian Studies


The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a postdoctoral research centre. Its main objective is to encourage the study of Asia and to promote national and international cooperation in this field. The institute focuses on the humanities and the social sciences and, where relevant, on their interaction with other sciences.

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP)


The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to foster institutional development. The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower and to do so within the framework of sustainable capacity-building directed towards reducing poverty in developing countries.

Available to nationals of 57 selected countries.

The NFP offers fellowships for master's degree programmes, for PhD studies, for short courses, tailor-made training, refresher courses.


Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia


Financial support for post-doctoral fellowships in Portugal is available to all citizens of the European Union.


Fundación Carolina


La Fundación Carolina, con sede en la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, ofrece un programa de becas dirigidas a jóvenes titulados superiores, profesionales e investigadores de los países que integran la Comunidad Iberoamericana de Naciones.

Jaume Bofill Foundation


The Jaume Bofill Foundation is concerned with promoting initiatives conducive to achieving a better understanding of society in Catalonia (Spain). Supports research projects in social sciences falling within its general program.

Fundación La Caixa


It offers post-graduate scholarships for young Spanish graduate students in universities and research centres in Europe and USA.

Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores


El Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación de España y la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, ofrecen becas para extranjeros para estudios de postgrado en universidades y centros superiores públicos y privados en España.

Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia


  1. Programa de becas postdoctorales en España y extranjero, para la realización de trabajos de investigación.
  2. Becas predoctorales y postdoctorales en universidades y centros de investigación de Estados Unidos.


Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences


The Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences FORS was created in accordance to the law on research of the Federal Government. Its purpose is to provide services, to conduct research and to publish and disseminate research findings in the social sciences. The Foundation's activities specifically comprise the following:

  • preparing, documenting and providing data of all kinds, such as are needed to conduct studies in the social sciences;
  • advising researchers and other interested parties on the collection and use of data;
  • developing methods and procedures for collecting and analysing data;
  • promoting the application of the findings obtained.

World Society Foundation 


The World Society Foundation is designed to encourage and support research on world society-its structure, historical development, and current transformation. Research proposals eligible for grants should focus on the various processes of social integration within world-wide systems (world culture, world economy, world politics and intergovernmental systems). These processes and their consequences may be studied from different levels of analysis, focusing on units such as individuals, sub-national regions, nations, transnational social networks etc.

United Kingdom

Aga Khan Foundation


The mission of the Aga Khan Foundation is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. It provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies.

Economic and Social Research Council


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK's leading research funding and training agency addressing economic and social concerns. It aims to provide high quality research on issues of importance to business, the public sector and government. The issues considered include economic competitiveness, the effectiveness of public services and policy, and quality of life. The Small Grants Scheme is part of the ESRC e-Social Science Initiative. The scheme aims to encourage applications that are particularly novel or experimental, or based around the theme of social shaping or the socio?economic impact of e-science. See the ESRC website for details, guidance notes and an application form.

Leverhulme Trust


The Leverhulme Trust makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas; its financial support is organised into grants and awards which vary in size, purpose and application procedure.

Newton International Fellowship


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Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies


The Center awards fellowships to support significant research and writing about the Holocaust. Awards are granted on a competitive basis. The Center welcomes proposals from scholars in all relevant disciplines including history, political science, literature, Jewish studies, philosophy, religion, psychology, comparative genocide studies, law and others.

Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc.


Primary support for education including higher education, science and engineering. Funds organizations outside the US that promote higher education. Guidelines and application form are posted on the foundation's web site.

Ford Foundation


Asset Building and Community Management Program: Grant making aims to help low-income people and communities build the financial, human, social and natural resource assets they need to overcome poverty and injustice. Categories are Economic Development and Work-Force Development: Support given to organizations that help improve the ways low-income people develop marketable job skills and acquire and retain reliable employment that provides livable wages Community & Resource Development Program: Environment and Development sub-program gives grants helping people and groups acquire, protect and improve land, water, forests, wildlife and other natural assets in ways that help reduce poverty and injustice.

Applications are considered throughout the year.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation


The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation places a priority on the study of urgent problems of violence and aggression in the modern world and also encourages related research projects in neuroscience, genetics, animal behaviour, the social sciences, history, criminology, and the humanities which illuminate modern human problems. In addition to the program of support for postdoctoral research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy


Research grants in the social sciences

J. Paul Getty Trust


The Getty Research Institute is dedicated to advanced scholarship in the arts and humanities. It offers public programs and a residential program for international scholars and provides non residential grants to support scholars throughout the world

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, except the performing arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, colour, or creed. Fellowships are not available for students. Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Lindbergh Foundation


Yearly, the Lindbergh Foundation provides grants to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment. Application guidelines and procedures are posted on the foundation's website.

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National Endowment for Democracy


The National Endowment for Democracy is a private, nonprofit organization created to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. It makes hundreds of grants each year to support prodemocracy groups in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

RGK Foundation


The foundation commits funding worldwide to support medical research, educational research and community development. In these areas, the foundation supports programs and conferences that promote academic excellence in universities and colleges that raise literacy levels and that support the health and well being of children.

Russel Sage Foundation


The Russel Sage Foundation is the principal American Foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences. Located in New York City, it is a research center, a funding source for studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions, and an active member of the nation's social science community. The foundation also publishes, under its own inprint, the books that derive from the work of its grantees and Visiting Scholars.

Social Science Research Council


Founded in 1923, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent non-profit organization with ongoing research projects on every continent, most of which are designed to encourage innovation and to help social scientists engage broader constituencies. Fellowship and dissertation funding opportunities available.

Spencer Foundation


The Foundation's research programs provide funding for investigations that promise to yield new knowledge about education in the United States or abroad. Research projects vary widely, ranging from medium-sized studies that can be completed within a year by an individual researcher to more extensive collaborative studies that last several years.

William T. Grant Foundation


The William T. Grant Foundation works to improve the lives of young people by investing in high quality research on how contexts such as family and programs affect youth, how these contexts can be improved, and how scientific evidence affects influential adults. Major grants are available for research encompassing: evaluations (of systems, policies, etc ), policy analysis, communication , capacity building.

Submission Deadline: Anytime

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


The Center offers residential Fellowships in the Social Sciences and Humanities for the entire U.S. academic year (September through May), or for a minimum of four months during the academic year, to individuals in the social sciences and humanities who submit outstanding project proposals on a broad range of national and/or international issues. Fellows are selected through a multi-level peer review process. Proposed topics should intersect with questions of public policy or provide the historical and/or cultural framework to illumine policy issues of contemporary importance.