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Humanities and Social Sciences: Table of Contents by Sponsor

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Department of State - US Mission to Iraq

Indiana University School of Philanthropy

National Education Association Foundation

National Geographic Society

The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

Humanities and Social Sciences: By Deadlines


Title: Public Diplomacy Grants Program                                             
Sponsor: Department of State - US Mission to Iraq
Deadline: September 1, 2013
Abstract: The Public Diplomacy Grants Program supports initiatives that promote educational and cultural engagement and foster mutual understanding between the United States and Iraq. Grants are awarded for projects designed to further the development of Iraq’s future leaders, build the capacity of Iraqi institutions, and promote awareness and understanding of shared U.S. and Iraqi values. Proposals are accepted at any time; applicants may be individuals or representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations, cultural organizations, or research and academic institutions. Priority will be given to Iraqi applicants, although the program is open to U.S.-based not-for-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds and generally will not exceed $100,000; most will be smaller. Requests for support for individual or group research projects or to help defray the costs of study abroad will not be considered. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:• Empowering Women and Youth• Encouraging Environmental Awareness• Promoting Civic Engagement and Strengthening Civil Society• Fostering Cultural Ties• Enhancing Professionalism in the Media. Applications will be evaluated based on the proposed topic, clearly formulated goals, the target group, and the capacity of the individual or organization to carry out the proposed activity. Cost-sharing and the inclusion of alumni of U.S. Department of State exchange programs in developing and implementing grant activity are encouraged. Applications should explain clearly any other likely sources of funding for the project. Examples of program activity include, but are not limited to:• Public outreach campaigns• Training programs• Seminars, workshops, or roundtable discussions• Cultural activities related to film, music, or literature. Proposals that support social welfare projects, partisan or political party activity, religious activity, or trade or other commercial activity will not be considered. 
Link to Additional Information
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Brian Shott 
Cultural Affairs Officer 
Phone 1 240 553 0581 ext 2962 U.S. Embassy, Baghdad
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Title: IU School of Philanthropy Invites Applications for Archive Research Fellows Fund
Sponsor: Indiana University School of Philanthropy
Deadline: Open
Abstract: The Indiana University School of Philanthropy is accepting applications for the Archive Research Fellows Fund for research that contributes to the understanding and practice of philanthropy.
The program awards grants of up to $4,000 in any discipline for research that requires use of the collections of the Philanthropy Archives Collection of the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Faculty and graduate students with research priorities in the following areas are eligible to apply: the origins and development of philanthropic traditions across time, cultures, and social groups; the role of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations in shaping communities and civil society; the sources, motivations, and practices involved in generating, allocating, and managing philanthropic resources; the types, scope, and composition of philanthropic resources and their significance for nonprofit organizations; and the governance and management of philanthropic institutions and nonprofit organizations.
The archives offer a diverse array of primary source materials documenting the history of philanthropy, including papers of such key national institutions as the Filer Commission, the Foundation Center, Independent Sector, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, the American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, and some of the country's leading fundraising firms and foundations.
See the IU School of Philanthropy Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.
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Title: NEA Foundation Grants
Sponsor:  National Education Association Foundation
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Provides grants to improve academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). Student Achievement Grants ($5,000) support initiatives to improve academic achievement. Learning and Leadership Grants support high-quality professional development--$2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups. Higher education faculty and staff may apply.
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Title: Margaret J. Barr Student Research Award
Sponsor: The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol and Other Drug Issues
Deadline: To Be Announced
Abstract: The Network, an organization sponsored by the United States Department of Education, is committed to addressing issues related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs and the prevention of violence in institutions of higher education. As part of that effort, the Network is pleased to announce the inaugural competition for a Student Research Award. The goal of the Network in sponsoring this award is to encourage relevant prevention inquiry by student researchers and to promote the development of student learning teams within member institutions. The Network encourages students at member institutions to develop original research proposals consistent with the Network's organizational mission that have the potential to inform the field and increase the effectiveness of prevention efforts on college campuses throughout the nation. Some examples of research projects include, but are not limited to, - exploring the role of minority status (e.g., ethnic, sexual orientation, etc.) on addiction and prevention; - identifying current trends in alcohol and other drug use or abuse; - researching the influence of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act on campus life; - conducting an ethnographic investigation of the effects of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina on substance use or abuse and violence; - evaluating the effectiveness of peer education programs; and - understanding the link between substance use or abuse and violence.
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Title: Environmental Management Participation Program for the U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC)
Sponsor: Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Postgraduate Opportunities
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: This renewable, one-year award provides opportunities to participate in environmental projects involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, validation, demonstration, technology transfer, quality assurance and quality control, training, information management and reporting, and related programs. Relevant disciplines are archaeology, biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, entomology, environmental sciences, forestry, historic preservation, information sciences, plant pathology, wildlife biology, zoology. This program is available in various locations across the United States, locations outside the United States, at the U.S. Army Environmental Command (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland) and at other approved locations. Additional Contact: Laura Cook, Recruiter +1 (410) 306-9204

Title: Young Explorers Grants (YEG)
Sponsor: National Geographic Society
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT).
The Committee for Research and Exploration funds hypothesis-based scientific research. Applicants may consult the CRE website for more information on the fields of research funded. The Conservation Trust funds innovative and applied approaches to conservation with potential for global application. Applicants may consult the CT website for more information on the types of projects funded. The Expeditions Council funds exploration and adventure around the world. Applicants may consult the EC website for more information on the types of programs funded.