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Communication Sciences and Disorders
Communication Studies
Marketing Communication
Performing Arts
Visual and Media Arts
Writing, Literature & Publishing
Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies

Search Engines and Databases

ProQuest Pivot

A subscription-based funding opportunity database with highly customizable search capabilities. Includes opportunities from federal agencies, private sponsors, foreign governments, industry, and non-profits. Emerson employees may create an individual user account by registering from an on-campus computer.

Departmental Tags: CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts, AE

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Departmental Tags: CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts, AE


Massachusetts GrantWatch

Provides regularly updated listings of International, Federal, state, local, foundation and corporation grant opportunities with a focus on Massachusetts-based sponsors and applicants.

Departmental Tags: CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts, AE

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Philanthropy News Digest

Publishes funding opportunities submitted by grant-making organizations and non-profits.

Departmental Tags: CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts, AE

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Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study

Resources and listings of fellowships, internships, and other study opportunities at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Departmental Tags: CSD, CS, MC, VMA, LibArts

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Poets & Writers Magazine

A database of writing contests, grants, and award opportunities for writers.

Departmental Tags: WLP 

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Sundance Feature Film Program

Includes listings for numerous fellowship and grant opportunities in feature filmmaking, screenwriting, sound, and production.

Departmental Tags: VMA

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No Film School

An extensive list of recurring grant opportunities for narrative and non-fiction filmmakers.

Departmental Tags: JR, VMA

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Recurring and Rolling Deadline Opportunities

* = funding goes directly to the applicant, not the College

Sponsor Opportunity Summary Deadline Departmental Tags
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Nicholl Fellowships* An international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Awards five fellowships each year. March through May VMA, WLP
American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowships: Summer/ Short-Term Research Publication Grants* Open to women scholars in all fields of study. Provides support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication and to independent researchers to prepare research for publication. August through November CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Boston Cultural Council Opportunity Fund* This grant aims to support individual artists living or working in the City of Boston in activities that continue their education and skill building, or helps them share their work or teach others. Applicants may request up to $1,000. The first of every month, except October and April PA, VMA, AE
The Fund for American Studies Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship* Fellowships to allow journalists early in their careers to pursue major reporting and research projects they would otherwise be unable to undertake. February JR, WLP
LEF New England Moving Image Fund Grants The Moving Image Fund provides funding to independent documentary film and video artists across all phases of production. January (production and post-production); June (pre-production) JR, VMA
Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowships of Higher Education of Present and Prospective Teachers (announced annually by ORCS via e-mail) The primary purpose of the fellowship is to enable teachers to study abroad or at some location other than that with which they are most closely associated, so as to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. Grants are primarily for travel and related expenses. January CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Mass Humanities Project grant Supports a variety of public programming projects in the humanities in Massachusetts, including films, theatrical productions, discussion panels, and websites. March, September, and December PA, VMA, LibArts, AE
Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowships* The Artist Fellowships provide direct, unrestricted support to Massachusetts artists in recognition of exceptional original work, to foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth. Artist Fellowships in a range of disciplines are awarded to primary creators of original works of art. January (Film/ Video, Photography); October (Dramatic Writing, Sculpture/ Installation/ New Genres) PA, VMA, WLP
Mazda Foundation Grant Program The Foundation awards grants to programs promoting:
- Education and literacy
- Environmental conservation
- Cross-cultural understanding
- Social welfare
- Scientific research
May through July CSD, CS, LibArts
Medford Arts Council Supporting the Arts, Humanities, and Creative Economy in Medford, MA Offers grants to individuals and organizations from throughout Massachusetts who want to use the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to engage the Medford public. October 1 VMA, PA
National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Provides support for projects that exemplify creativity, engage the public in art, and encourage learning and inclusivity. February and July PA, VMA, WLP, AE
Creative Writing Fellowships* Offers grants in prose and poetry that enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Program operates on a two-year cycle, with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. March WLP
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend* Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Limit of two applicants per cycle, as selected by the Provost. September CS, WLP, LibArts
Research Fellowships* Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Fellowships cover periods lasting from six to twelve months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. April CS, WLP, LibArts
Public Scholar Program* Supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Covers continuous work over a period of six to twelve months. February CS, WLP, LibArts
National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant Program (R01) The Research Project (R01) grant is an award made to support a discrete, specified, circumscribed project to be performed by the named investigator(s) in an area representing the investigator's specific interest and competencies, based on the mission of the NIH. February 5, June 5, and October 5 CSD, CS, LibArts
Exploratory/ Developmental Grant (R21) The R21 grant mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. February 16, June 16, and October 16 CSD, CS, LibArts
Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Award (R15) Supports small-scale research projects at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees but have not been major recipients of NIH support. The goals of the program are to:
(1) support meritorious research,
(2) expose students to research, and
(3) strengthen the research environment of the institution.
February 25, June 25, October 25 CSD, CS, LibArts
National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program  (CAREER) NSF’s most prestigious award for faculty members beginning their independent careers. The intent of the program is to provide stable support at a sufficient level and duration to enable awardees to develop careers not only as outstanding researchers but also as educators. July CSD, CS, LibArts
Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) Supports research by faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs). RUI proposals support PUI faculty in research that engages them in their professional field(s), builds capacity for research at their home institution, and supports the integration of research and undergraduate education. Proposals accepted anytime; PI’s should contact cognizant program officer for guidance CSD, CS, LibArts
New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City Grant* Creative City grants enable artists to create projects of all disciplines that take place in the public realm in the city of Boston and that integrate public participation into the artistic process and/or presentation. January and August PA, VMA, AE
Puffin Foundation Puffin Foundation Artist Grants* Project-based grants in the arts. Disciplines supported change each year. Application packet must be requested via SASE. September through December VMA, PA
Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program* Supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Proposals accepted anytime JR, VMA
Tinker Foundation Institutional Grants Supports programs and applied research projects that aim to create the conditions for the development of effective policy changes that improve the lives of Latin Americans. March 30 and September 15 CS, JR, MC, LibArts
United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Fulbright Core Scholar Program* Supports faculty, administrators and professionals to teach and/or conduct research activity for 3 to 12 months in more than 125 countries world-wide. August 1 CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts

Funding and Scholarship Opportunities for Students

 * = funding goes directly to the applicant, not the College

SponsorOpportunitySummaryDeadlineDepartmental Tags
American-Scandinavian FoundationFellowship/Grants to  Study in Scandinavia*Fellowships and grants to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. Open to graduate students and young professionals.November 1JR, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts, AE
City of BostonCity of Boston Scholarship Fund*Offers college scholarships to outstanding Boston undergraduate residents with a financial need to further their education.AprilCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Emerson CollegeEmerson Enhancement FundSupports eligible students by providing additional funding for extra-curricular programming, event attendance, creative and/or research projects.October 14, February 15CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Emerson College Graduate Student Association (GSA)Professional Development GrantsProfessional Development Grants (PDGs) are available to assist Emerson College graduate students with the costs of attending events that will enhance their professional development. Eligible events include conferences, film festivals, and industry gatherings. Graduate students may only receive up to one PDG during their time at Emerson.RollingCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP
Emerson College Graduate Student Association (GSA)Mini-GrantsMini-Grants can be used by Emerson College graduate students to receive some funding to attend a local professional development event or in covering the cost of event conference fees. Up to $100 may be applied for, and the grants may not be combined with Professional Development Grants.RollingCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP
Fleishman HillardAlfred Fleishman Diversity Fellowship*Paid 6-to-12-month fellowship that offers individuals practical experience in the field of integrated communications. Recent graduates preferred.November through MarchCS, MC
Freeman FoundationFreeman-ASIA program*Supports study abroad in Asia for students demonstrating financial need. Open to undergraduates with little to no experience in country of travel.Deadline for Summer Study: March; Deadline for Fall/Academic Year: AprilCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Fund for Education AbroadBASAA Study Abroad Scholarships*Open to undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents who plan to study abroad during one or more academic semesters.November through JanuaryCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
German Academic Exchange ServiceDAAD Fellowships*A range of study and research grants to undergraduates and graduate students for summer or school-year study in Germany.variesCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Hearst CorporationHearst Fellowships*Two-year newspaper fellowship. Consists of two 12-month rotations at Hearst’s top metro papers. Bachelor’s degree required.September through JanuaryJR
International Radio and Television SocietyIRTS Summer Fellowship*Fellows gain full-time “real world” experience at New York-based media corporations. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible.DecemberCS, JR
Marshall Aid Commemoration CommissionMarshall ScholarshipFully funds 2-3 years of graduate study in the United Kingdom. Open to US students finished with or finishing college. Application must be submitted by Emerson College, not individual applicant.October 1CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Medford Arts CouncilSupporting the Arts, Humanities, and Creative Economy in Medford, MAOffers grants to individuals and organizations from throughout Massachusetts who want to use the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to engage the Medford public.October 1PA, VMA
Paul & Daisy SorosPaul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans*Supports New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing a graduate degree full-time in the United States.April through NovemberCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
Public Relations Student Society of AmericaPRSSA Scholarships*Awards a number of scholarships to students who are members of PRSSA and exhibit outstanding merit in public relations.VariesCS, JR, MC
Puffin FoundationPuffin Foundation Artist Grants*Project-based grants in the arts. Disciplines supported change each year. Application packet must be requested via SASE.September through DecemberPA, VMA
The Rhodes TrustRhodes ScholarshipFunds two years of graduate study at Oxford. Includes full tuition and expenses and living stipend. Candidates must be endorsed by Emerson.October 1WLP, LibArts
United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural AffairsCritical Language Scholarship*Funds the study of a list of lesser-studied languages in a country abroad. Covers all program costs. Open to US citizens enrolled in a college or university. Preference may be given to candidates with limited or no previous study abroad experience.September through November 15CS, WLP, LibArts
Fulbright U.S. Student Program*Year-long fellowships to American graduating seniors, grad students, young professionals and artists for study abroad or to teach English abroad. Program requirements vary by destination.October 1CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts
US-Ireland AllianceGeorge J. Mitchell Scholarship*Sponsors one year of graduate study at an Irish University. Includes tuition and stipend. Open to American citizens, ages 18 to 30.April through SeptemberCSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LibArts

Student Funding Search Engines

Emerson College VMA Student Production Resources

A list of external grant opportunities relating to VMA and production resources for students owned and maintained by Emerson’s Department of Visual and Media Arts. 

Department Tags: VMA

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Harvard University GSAS Graduate Guide to Grants

A search engine for grad-level fellowships and grants owned and maintained by the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Departmental Tags: CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LA

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University of Chicago Fellowship Database

A search engine for grad-level fellowships owned and maintained by the University of Chicago’s UChicagoGRAD office.

Departmental Tags: CSD, CS, JR, MC, PA, VMA, WLP, LA

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