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Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants

Grants to USA IHEs to Expand Career
Opportunities for Humanities PhDs

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

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11/29/17 Receipt


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA nonprofit higher education institutions with humanities PhD programs that are planning to implement changes to doctoral programs. Applicants must verify or create required registrations by November 1 and November 15. The purpose of this program is to enable institutions to address gaps between academic degree tracks and career opportunities outside of academia.

In recent years, research published by Humanities Indicators, among others, has revealed that humanities PhDs pursue careers in many different professions—both inside and outside academia. Yet most humanities PhD programs in the United States still prepare students primarily for tenure-track professor positions at colleges and universities. The increasing shortage of such positions has changed students’ expected career outcomes. NEH therefore hopes to assist universities in devising a new model of doctoral education, which can both transform the understanding of what it means to be a humanities scholar and promote the integration of the humanities in the public sphere.

Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants support universities in preparing to institute wide-ranging changes in humanities doctoral programs. Humanities knowledge and methods can make an even more substantial impact on society if students are able to translate what they learn in doctoral programs into a multitude of careers. Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants are designed to bring together various important constituencies to discuss and strategize, and then to produce plans that will transform scholarly preparation in the humanities at the doctoral level. Students will be prepared to undertake various kinds of careers, and humanities PhD programs will increase their relevance for the twenty-first century.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164143

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin August 2018.

Grants will support projects for as long as twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are U.S. nonprofit institutions of higher learning with PhD programs in the humanities. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

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.

Grantees may not use Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants to support
-Faculty or student travel abroad;
-The development of courses for a non-degree program;
-Textbook research or revision;
-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:

NEH will offer successful applicants a 1:1 matching grant. Thus the total grant will come to a maximum of $50,000: up to $25,000 raised by the grantee institution from nonfederal third parties, and up to $25,000 provided by NEH.
Grantee institutions must provide funds raised from nonfederal third parties equal to the grant funds released by NEH.

Matching funds consist solely of cash gifts donated by nonfederal third parties to a project. Cash contributions made to a project by the applicant or other federal agencies will not be certified by NEH as matching funds (and will accordingly not be matched by NEH). Similarly, in-kind gifts (donated services and goods) will not be certified by NEH as matching funds or matched by NEH. Certification of gifts is due no later than July 1, 2018.

To be able to submit an application, applicants must have registered with and must have an updated Entity record in the System for Award Management (SAM).

All applications to this program must be submitted via NEH strongly recommends that you complete or verify your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline, since it takes time to process your registration.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) requires federal agencies to make information about the expenditure of tax funds available to the public. To facilitate this, the applicant organization must maintain current information in its Entity record in the System for Award Management (SAM).

NEH strongly recommends that applicant organizations update (or, if necessary, create) their SAM Entity records at least four weeks before the application deadline.


-November 1, 2017: Create or verify your institution’s Entity record at the System for Award Management by this date

-November 15, 2017: Register your institution (or verify its registration) with by this date

-Until November 29, 2017: Contact Division of Education Programs program officers with questions and for advice (optional)

-November 29, 2017: Submit application through by this date January 2018: Peer review panels take place

-March 2018: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions

-March 2018: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions

-April 2018: Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive offer letters by e-mail

-April 2018: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects

-July 1, 2018: Date by which the grantee must submit certification of the gifts required to claim federal funds

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