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Fellowships to USA Teachers, Writers, and
Researchers for Advanced Humanities Research

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Deadline Date:

04/11/18 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Fellowships ranging from $30,000 to $60,000 to USA researchers, writers, and teachers to carry out advanced humanities research. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations by March 28. Funding may support humanities projects at any phase of development.

Program Description:

Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.

Applicants interested in research projects that require mainly digital expression and digital publication are encouraged to apply instead for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.

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

Standing Together:

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

Protecting Our Cultural Heritage:

In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials. Proposed projects should be based on scholarly work and follow standards and best practices. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to be sustained and must be widely accessible to the public.

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 or focus on lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.

Providing Access to Grant Products:

As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, NEH endeavors to make the products of its awards available to the broadest possible audience. NEH’s goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH grant products. For the Fellowships program, such products may include digital resources, websites, and the like. For projects that lead to the development of websites, all other considerations being equal, NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluators are asked to apply the following five criteria when judging the quality of applications.
1. The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
2. The quality or promise of quality of the applicant’s work as an interpreter of the humanities.
3. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant’s clarity of expression.
4. The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
5. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project (not necessarily during the award period).

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GrantWatch ID#: 151114

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $60,000
-Award Floor: $30,000

Fellowships cover periods lasting from six to twelve months at a stipend of $5,000 per month. The maximum stipend is $60,000 for a twelve-month period.

Term of Contract:

To be eligible, an application must request an award period between six and twelve months.

Recipients may begin their awards as early as January 1, 2019, and as late as September 1, 2020.
The award period must be full-time and continuous.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Within the parameters listed below, the Fellowships program accepts applications from researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not.


U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible.

Currently Enrolled Students:

While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degree- granting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral in 2018 are eligible for NEH Fellowships; but such applicants need a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status as of April 11, 2018. This signed letter may be faxed to the program at 202-606-8204; alternatively, a PDF version of the signed letter may be included as an attachment to an e-mail message sent to In either case, the letter must arrive no later than April 11, 2018.

Dissertation Revisions:

Applicants may seek funding for projects based on completed dissertations. You must state in your application narrative that the proposal is to revise a dissertation, and you must explain how the new project moves beyond the original dissertation.

Projects Previously Supported by NEH:

Applicants may not apply for funding for a project previously supported by an NEH Fellowship, an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication, a Public Scholar award, or an Award for Faculty. Applicants may, however, apply for funding for a project previously supported by a two-month NEH Summer Stipend. In such a case NEH will ask evaluators to review the accomplishments from the previous award to determine whether the project warrants additional funding.

An NEH grant for one stage of a project does not commit NEH to continued support for the project. Applications for each stage of a project are evaluated independently.

Concurrent Grants from Other Organizations:

Recipients of NEH Fellowships may simultaneously hold fellowships or grants from institutions other than NEH—including sabbaticals and grants from their own institutions—in support of the same project during their award period.

Collaborative Projects:

The NEH Fellowships program is designed primarily for individual researchers. Awards may not be divided. If you are seeking funding for more than one participant in a collaborative project, each person seeking funding must submit a separate application specifying the individual contribution. Panelists will be asked to evaluate each application on its own merits. Each application should clearly explain how the work will be divided and the extent to which each collaborator’s contribution depends on that of the other(s). Applicants who are seeking funding only for themselves but who are working as part of a collaborative team are also eligible. In this case, too, the application should clearly explain how the work will be divided and the extent to which each collaborator’s contribution depends on that of the other(s). Applicants proposing to work together may wish to apply instead or in addition for an NEH Collaborative Research grant.

Multiple Applications:

Applicants may not apply both to the Fellowships program and to the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication program.

Applicants may hold or accept only one NEH individual award in a given federal fiscal year. (The fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.) Please consult the FAQ document for more information. See under “What if I am offered more than one award?”

Applicants may not participate in a project supported by an NEH institutional award while holding an NEH individual award that requires continuous, full-time work.

Applicants may, however, compete concurrently in the following programs for individuals in a given year:
-Public Scholar Program;
-Summer Stipends;
-Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities;
-NEH and National Science Foundation - Fellowship Program for Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL);
-Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) - Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan; and
-Library of Congress (LOC) - John W. Kluge Center Fellowships. Successful Fellowships applicants who plan research at the Library of Congress may be offered a jointly funded NEH-LOC Kluge Center Fellowship.

Fellowships may not be used for:
-Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
-Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action;
-Support of specific public policies or legislation;
-Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies);
-Research by students enrolled in a degree program, including research for doctoral dissertations or theses;
-The preparation or revision of textbooks;
-Curriculum development;
-The development of teaching methods or theories;
-Educational impact, language impact, or technical impact assessments;
-Empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;
-Inventories of collections; or
-The writing of guide books, how-to books, and self-help books.

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying, verify your registration or register with NEH recommends that you register at least two weeks before the deadline.

Applications for NEH Fellowships must be received by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 11, 2018.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by e-mail in early December 2018.

-Before the April 11, 2018 deadline: Contact Division of Research program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
-March 28, 2018: Register or verify your registration with by this date
-April 11, 2018: Submit application through by this date
-Late April 2018: NEH prompts recommenders to submit letters of reference
-May 9, 2018: Deadline for receipt of letters of reference
-May-August 2018: Peer review panels take place
-November 2018: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
-December 2018: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
-January 1, 2019: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date
-September 1, 2020: Successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date

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Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
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Washington, DC 20506


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