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

Summer Stipends


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Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
CFDA Number: 45.160
Funding or PIN Number: 20220921-FT
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Important Dates
Deadline: 09/20/23 11:59 PM ET Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of $6,000 to USA teachers, scholars, and researchers for scholarly research projects in the humanities disciplines. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Applications are welcome from scholars in all humanities and related social sciences disciplines, and from independent scholars and junior scholars.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • Funding a wide range of individuals, including independent scholars, community college faculty, and non-teaching staff at universities

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Expected output: Archaeological Report; Article; Book; Digital Resource or Publication; Edition; Other Scholarly Resource; Translation

NEH invites applications from faculty and staff at all designated categories of minority serving institutions. The Summer Stipends program offers exemption from nomination for faculty at Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHIs), Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). For opportunities specific to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, see

NEH seeks to support projects that respond to the following initiative.

A More Perfect Union: Exploring America's Story and Commemorating its 250th Anniversary

The task of building a more perfect Union, rooted in the ideal of human equality, falls to every generation of Americans, ours no less than our predecessors’. The basic goals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness endure over time, even as the challenges change: from founding a nation out of colonies; to dismantling the institution of slavery; to prevailing through times of economic depression and war; to advancing civil rights for all; to strengthening our democratic institutions; to building a more inclusive and sustainable society.

For more information about the above initiative, see:


  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria
NEH awards Summer Stipends to individuals. Organizations are not eligible to apply, although scholars who are tenured or on a tenure track who teach full-time must be nominated by their institution of higher education unless otherwise exempt.

Within the parameters listed in the RFP, individual researchers, teachers, and scholars are eligible whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants holding tenured or tenure-track positions at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions unless they are exempt from this requirement.

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

For information about faculty nomination guidelines and further eligibility requirements, see

Organizations are not eligible to apply on behalf of scholars and NEH will not transfer awards to the applicant’s institution.

For a list of funding restrictions, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
NEH will hold a NEH Summer Stipends Application Writing Tips Webinar August 16th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

To register:

Pre-Application Information
- Deadline: September 20, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: April 15, 2024
- Project start date: May 1, 2024 - September 1, 2025

Letters of reference should be submitted online no later than October 14, 2022 (for applications submitted for the 2022 deadline), and October 13, 2023 (for applications submitted for the 2023 deadline).

NEH strongly recommends that you complete your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline. If you fail to allow sufficient time to complete registration with, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online submission requirement.

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Number of Grants
Up to 100 grants per deadline

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $6,000

Term of Contract
Two consecutive months starting as early as May 1, 2023, and as late as September 1, 2024 (for applications submitted for the 2022 deadline), and starting as early as May 1, 2024, and as late as September 1, 2025 (for applications submitted for the 2023 deadline).

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


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