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Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Individuals
for the Translation of Humanities Texts

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National Endowment for the Humanities

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12/06/17 11:59 PM ET (Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals no later than 5:00 PM ET)


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribal governments, and individuals to support the translation and preparation of editions of humanities texts. Applicants are required to create or verify the required registrations by November 8 and November 22.

Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.

Projects must be undertaken by at least one editor or translator and one other collaborating scholar.

Applicants should demonstrate familiarity with the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing or the Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Editions. Translation projects should also explain the theory and method adopted for the particular work to be translated. Editions and translations produced with NEH support contain scholarly and critical apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format. This usually means introductions and annotations that provide essential information about a text’s form, transmission, and historical and intellectual context.

Proposals for editions of foreign language materials in the original language are eligible for funding, as well as proposals for editions of translated materials.

Sample narratives from successful grant applications are available on the program resource page.

Providing Access to Grant Products:

As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, NEH endeavors to make the products of its grants available to the broadest possible audience. NEH's goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready access to the wide range of NEH grant products.

For the Scholarly Editions and Translations program, such products may include edited documents, literary texts, and musical scores. For projects that lead to the development of digital materials, all other considerations being equal, NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public.

NEH grantees must follow the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of handicap in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Standing Together:

NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.

All applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the program’s evaluation criteria, whether or not they respond to the Standing Together initiative.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151063

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards rarely exceed $100,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin early as October 1, 2018, and as late as September 1, 2019.

The Scholarly Editions and Translations program supports sustained, full-time or part-time activities over the course of one to three years.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Scholarly Editions and Translations program accepts applications from both institutions and individuals without an institutional affiliation (who may apply as unaffiliated project directors).

Note that all projects must include at least one other collaborating scholar in addition to the project director.

The following types of applicants are eligible:
-U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status;
-State and local governments;
-Federally recognized Native American tribal governments; and
-Unaffiliated project directors who are U.S. citizens.

The following types of applicants are ineligible:
-Other federal agencies;
-For-profit institutions; and
-Unaffiliated project directors who are not U.S. citizens.

Project directors affiliated with an eligible institution must apply through an institution, ordinarily their own institution. Only adjunct faculty, faculty at for-profit institutions, and scholars without an institutional affiliation may apply as unaffiliated project directors.

Persons enrolled in academic programs are not eligible to apply as project directors for Scholarly Editions and Translations grants. If you have passed your dissertation defense but have not yet received the degree, you are eligible to apply through a sponsoring U.S. nonprofit institution with 501(c)(3) status.

Project directors and co-directors may submit only one application to either the Scholarly Editions and Translations program or the Collaborative Research program, but not both. They may, however, apply for other NEH awards, including Fellowships and Summer Stipends.

Project directors and co-directors of funded applications may not hold concurrent awards from the NEH Division of Research Programs.

NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Project participants (including the project director, when the application is submitted by an institution) need not be U.S. citizens or U.S. residents, so long as the applicant institution is eligible. However, at least 50 percent of grant funds must be used to support research conducted at U.S.-based institutions, research conducted by citizens of or residents in the U.S., or both.

NEH encourages submission of Scholarly Editions and Translations applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Previously funded projects:
Applicants whose projects have received NEH support may apply for a grant for a new or subsequent stage of that project. Proposals for these projects do not receive special consideration and are judged by the same criteria as others in the grant competition. They must, however, demonstrate that the projects used previous NEH support productively.

Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants may not be used for
-Projects undertaken by individuals without collaboration;
-Development of tools, including digital tools, or any materials analysis whose primary goal is refinement of a method, unless the development contributes to the larger editorial goals of the project and coincides with research activities;
-Work on recurrent publications such as magazines or scholarly journals;
-Digitization of pre-existing texts or previously published materials without the addition of a new scholarly and critical apparatus;
-Translations of existing editions without the addition of a new scholarly and critical apparatus;
-Preparation or publication of textbooks;
-Professional development or training;
-The creation of original works of fiction, poetry, drama, or music;
-Translation of a text into a language other than English;
-Publication subvention or other publication costs;
-Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
-Advocacy for a particular program of social or political action;
-Support of specific public policies or legislation; or
-Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies).

Pre-Application Information:

Although cost sharing is not required, the Scholarly Editions and Translations program is rarely able to support the full costs of projects approved for funding. The balance of the costs is to be borne by the applicant’s institution or other sources. Previously funded editions seeking further support should expect a progressively larger share of the costs to be assumed by the host institution or third parties.

Submission of draft proposals is optional. Program staff recommends that draft proposals be submitted no later than October 15. Time constraints may prevent staff from reviewing draft proposals submitted after that date.

Applicants must verify and if necessary update their institution’s Entity record, or create an Entity record for your institution, at the System for Award Management (SAM). Complete at least four weeks before the deadline. This requirement applies only to institutional applicants, not to unaffiliated project directors.

Applicants must verify their institution’s registration (or, for unaffiliated project directors, your individual registration) or register your institution (or, for unaffiliated project directors, yourself) with Complete at least two weeks before deadline.

Applications must be received by by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on December 6, 2017. Upload your application to by . NEH strongly suggests that you submit your application no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the day of the deadline. Doing so will leave you time to contact the help desk for support.


-Until December 6, 2017: Contact Division of Research Programs program officers (at 202- 606-8200 or with questions and for advice (optional)

-October 15, 2017: Submit draft application (optional) by this date

-November 8, 2017: Create or verify your institution’s Entity record at the System for Award Management by this date (applies only to institutional applicants)

-November 22, 2017: Register your institution (or verify its registration) with by this date (unaffiliated project directors must register themselves or verify their registration by this date)

-December 6, 2017: Submit application through by this date

-March-April 2018: peer review panels take place

-July 2018: meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions

-August 2018: applicants are notified of the funding decisions

-September 2018: institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail

-October 2018: successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date

-September 2019 successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date

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