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Summer Stipends

Grants to USA Researchers, Teachers, and
Scholars for Advanced Humanities Research

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

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09/26/18 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of $6,000 to USA individual researchers, teachers, and scholars to support scholarly research in the humanities disciplines. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations by September 12. Applications are invited from individuals who are pursuing advanced research that offers value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

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.

The Summer Stipends program will give equal consideration to all applications in accordance with the program’s review criteria, whether or not they respond to the Standing Together initiative or focus on lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.

Providing Access to NEH-funded 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 products. For the Summer Stipends 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.

Award Information:

An individual may not hold more than one NEH individual award (for example, a Fellowship, a Public Scholar award, or a Summer Stipend) at the same time. Nor may an individual work on a project supported by an NEH institutional award as either a project director or participant while holding an NEH individual award. An individual may not accept a teaching assignment or undertake any activities diverting the individual from the summer stipend project during the period of performance of the award.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151116

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Projects may begin as early as May 1, 2019.

Stipends will support two consecutive months of research and writing. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NEH Summer Stipends are awarded to individuals, not to institutions. NEH encourages submission of Summer Stipends applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and community colleges.


Within the parameters listed below (see the next several headings), the Summer Stipends program accepts applications from individual researchers, teachers, and scholars, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants holding tenured or tenure-track positions at institutions of higher education must, however, be nominated by their institutions. (See the “Faculty nomination section” below.)

Organizations are not eligible to apply for Summer Stipends.

Formal Education:

All applicants must have completed their formal education by the application deadline. 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 may apply, but such applicants must include as an attachment to the application a letter from the dean of the conferring school, attesting to the applicant’s status as of September 26, 2018.


United States 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 immediately preceding the application deadline are also eligible.

Recent Awards and Fellowships Held by the Applicant:

Individuals who have either held or received a major fellowship or research award or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are eligible. Everything else being equal, though, the program will give preference to applicants who have not received such support. A “major fellowship or research award” is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and awards from an individual’s own institution and stipends and awards from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships. If you have received any fellowships or research awards within the three academic years prior to the deadline, please indicate on your résumé the total amount of each award. If you fail to do so, your application may be disqualified.

Previously Supported Projects:

Individuals who have previously received Summer Stipends may apply to support a new stage of their projects. These applications do not receive special consideration and will be judged by the same criteria as others in the competition. However, NEH will ask reviewers to take into account the accomplishments from the prior Summer Stipends award and determine if the project warrants additional support.

Faculty Nomination:

Faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions who teach full-time at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Each institution of higher education in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members. Any faculty member is eligible for nomination.

NEH is not responsible for the nomination procedures established by any educational institution. Each institution must designate a nominating official, usually an academic vice president or dean. NEH expects nominating officials to announce the selection procedures to all prospective applicants and to conduct fair and open competitions to select their institutions’ nominees.

Prospective applicants should become familiar with their institutions’ nomination procedures before the September 26 application deadline. Once nominated by their institutions, faculty members must submit their applications via Applicants must include the name and e-mail address of the nominating official for their institutions. If you are nominated and subsequently apply, your nominating official will receive an e-mail message seven to ten days after the application deadline, asking for confirmation of your status as one of your institution’s nominees. Confirmation must be submitted online no later than October 18, 2018.

Applicants Exempt from Nomination:

The following individuals may apply without a nomination:
-Independent scholars not affiliated with an institution of higher education;
-Staff members at institutions of higher education who are not faculty members and will not be teaching during the academic year preceding the award;
-Community college faculty;
-Emeritus faculty; and
-Adjunct faculty, part-time faculty, and applicants with academic appointments that terminate by the summer of the period of performance.

Collaborative Projects:

The NEH Summer Stipends program is designed 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 hold only one NEH award to individuals at a time.

Applicants may not participate in a project supported by an NEH institutional award (such as a Summer Seminar or Institute) while holding an NEH individual award that requires continuous, full-time work.

Summer Stipend applicants may compete concurrently in the following NEH programs (though they may hold an award from only one of these programs at a time):

-Public Scholar Program;
-Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities;
-Fellowships or NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication;
-Summer Stipends;
-NEH and National Science Foundation - Fellowship Program for Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL); and
-Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) - Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan.

Note: If an applicant accepts a Fellowship and applies for a Summer Stipend in the same fiscal year, the Summer Stipends application will be automatically withdrawn after the Fellowship is accepted.

Applications must be complete, must observe the specified page limits, and must be validated by under the correct funding opportunity number to be considered under this notice.

NEH will not review late, incomplete, or ineligible applications.

Summer Stipends 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 for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a degree program;
-The preparation or revision of textbooks;
-Curriculum development;
-The development of teaching methods or theories;
-Educational or technical impact assessments;
-Inventories of collections; or
-The writing of guide books, how-to books, and self-help books.

Pre-Application Information:

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


-Before the September 26, 2018 deadline: Contact Division of Research program officers with questions and for advice (optional)

-September 12, 2018: Register or verify your registration with by this date September 26, 2018: Application must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on this date

-October 4, 2018: NEH requests reference letters and confirmations of nomination

-October 18, 2018: Reference letters and confirmations of nomination are due on this date

-November 2018: Peer review panels take place

-March 2019: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions

-March 2019: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions

-May 1, 2019: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date

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Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20506


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