External Funding for Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts

The University is committed to continue to enhance research capacity of its faculty and students. As such, a concerted effort is being made to increase our level of extramural funding for research, scholarship, and creative projects. If you need additional help in identifying funding in your discipline or need some individualized support to develop a competitive grant proposal, please do not hesitate to contact us by calling the ORSP at 615-898-2400.

Grant Forward

MTSU has an institutional subscription to GrantForward, a database of funding opportunities.  Anyone with an MTSU email address can create an account.  The system allows individuals to use automation (by uploading CVs or online publication lists) to create researcher profiles.  Users can also manually add additional interests to their profile.  By creating a saved search, users can automatically receive emails notifications of funding opportunities on a daily or weekly basis. If you have questions, please contact Samantha Cantrell (by email or phone: 615-494-8751).

Click below to create your GrantForward profile. Be sure to use your MTSU email address to create your account.
Create a Profile 
For more information, see the Research Guide for the system. 


This website allows organizations to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 1000 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

National Endowment for Arts

NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation's largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

U.S. Department of Education

The mission of this department is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation. This department's 4,500 employees and $71.5 billion budget are dedicated to:

  • Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds
  • Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research
  • Focusing national attention on key educational issues
  • Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Grants are provided to support the HUD's mission to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. To fulfill this mission, HUD will embrace high standards of ethics, management and accountability and forge new partnerships--particularly with faith-based and community organizations--that leverage resources and improve HUD's ability to be effective on the community level.

H-Net - Humanities and Social Science Online

An international consortium of scholars and teachers, H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. H-Net is committed to pioneering the use of new communication technology to facilitate the free exchange of academic ideas and scholarly resources.

National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Awards and Grants

Several opportunities are available for educators in the disciplines of history, civics, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) funds research that examines how behavioral and social factors factor into illness and health.

National Science Foundation - Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences

The National Science Foundation makes grants and awards for social, behavioral, and economic research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, and social and economic systems, organizations and institutions.

Social Science Research Council Fellowships

SSRC fellowship programs are widely known in social science communities in the U.S. and abroad. These prestigious and highly competitive awards cover graduate training, dissertation work, postdoctoral training and research, professional foreign travel, and institutional support. While eligibility requirements vary, many awards are open to non U.S. citizens.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

The American Council of Learned Societies offers several fellowship opportunities for faculty members at all stages of their careers.

If you need additional help in identifying funding in your discipline or need some individualized support to develop a competitive grant proposal, please do not hesitate to call ORSP at 615-898-2400.