National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs
04/11/18 11:59 PM ET Receipt
Awards ranging from $10,000 to $60,000 to USA faculty and staff affiliated with Historically Black IHEs for humanities research projects. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations by March 1. This program supports humanities research of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or students. Awards are designed to be flexible, allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative arrangements that best fit their projects.
Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research. Eligible projects include pursuing research in primary and secondary materials and producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources; conducting basic research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course; or conducting basic research related to the goals and interests of the institution or community.
Common to all applications—regardless of their outcome—must be humanities research supporting the goals of the project. Applicants are encouraged to view the List of Sample Projects, the sample applications, and the Frequently Asked Questions document, all of which are available on the program resource page.
NEH invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.
Protecting 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 Awards for Faculty program, such products may include print or digital publications, 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.
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 scholars, students, or general audiences in the humanities.
2. The quality or promise of quality of the applicant as a humanities researcher and (for course revision projects) as a teacher.
3. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the clarity of expression in the application.
4. The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans for the proposed audience or audiences.
5. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project. This program supports projects at any stage of development.
GrantWatch ID#: 164801
-Award Ceiling: $60,000
-Award Floor: $10,000
The amount of the award is $5,000 per full- time month. Thus an award to support eight months of half-time work would be $20,000 (equivalent to four months of full-time work at $5,000 per month).
This program supports individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects. Awardees may combine part- and full-time work.
The minimum award length is the equivalent of two months of full-time work; the maximum is the equivalent of twelve months of full-time work. The award period must be continuous. The length of support requested should be determined by the complexity of the project, the amount of work to be completed, and the commitment of the institution to the project. Requesting an award period shorter than the equivalent of twelve full-time months will not improve an applicant’s chances of receiving an award.
Recipients may begin their awards as early as January 1, 2019, and as late as September 1, 2020.
Within the parameters listed below, this program accepts applications from full-time, part-time, adjunct, and retired faculty members and staff members affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. If you are uncertain about the status of your institution, please check the Department of Education’s list of HBCUs: https://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/one-hundred-and-five-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/
U.S. citizens who teach at, serve on the staff of, or have retired from Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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, provided that they teach at, serve on the staff of, or have retired from any of these institutions.
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 are eligible for NEH Awards for Faculty; 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 or emailed. In either case, the letter must arrive no later than May 9, 2018.
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 Awards:
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 these awards 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.
This 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. 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 or for an appropriate Humanities Initiatives grant: Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges, Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic- Serving Institutions, Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities.
Applicants may compete concurrently in the following programs for individuals in a given year:
-NEH Fellowships or NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publications;
-Library of Congress (LOC) - John W. Kluge Center Fellowships;
-Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) - Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Sciences Research on Japan; and
-NEH and National Science Foundation Fellowship Program for Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL).
Applicants to any of the Awards for Faculty programs are especially encouraged to submit a concurrent application to the NEH Fellowships program (or the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publications program) when appropriate, since the application requirements are similar. If you submit applications to more than one program, keep in mind that the NEH Fellowships program and the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publications program require six to twelve months of full-time work. It may be necessary to adjust your proposed work plan accordingly. You can find additional information about the similarities and differences between these programs in the Frequently Asked Questions document, which is available on the program resource page under “Guidelines Resources.”
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.) 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.
NEH Awards for Faculty 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;
-Research leading to the improvement of graduate courses;
-The preparation or revision of text books;
-The development of teaching methods or theories;
-Educational or technical impact assessments;
-Inventories of collections; or
-The writing of guidebooks, how-to books, and self-help books.
As noted earlier, you may submit by e-mail a draft of the narrative section of your proposal. Put “Draft Narrative” in the subject line of the message. Program staff recommends that draft proposals be submitted no later than March 1, 2018.
The comments provided by staff are not part of the formal review process and have no bearing on the evaluation of the proposal, but previous applicants have found them helpful in strengthening their applications. Applicants are not required to submit a draft application.
NEH strongly recommends that you complete your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline.
Applications for NEH Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities must be received by Grants.gov 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 1, 2018: Submit draft application (optional) by this date
-March 28, 2018: Register or verify your registration with Grants.gov by this date
-April 11, 2018: Submit application through Grants.gov by this date
-Late April 2018: NEH sends recommenders requests for letters of recommendation
-May 9, 2018: To ensure full consideration, recommenders’ letters should be submitted online by this date
-Summer 2018: peer review panels take place
-November 2018: meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding
-December 2018: applicants are notified of the funding decisions
-January 1, 2019: successful applicants may begin work on their projects on this date
-September 1, 2020: successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date
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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
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