Research Fellowship Grant

Fellowships to Montana Individuals for Humanities
Research, Writing, and Dissemination

GrantWatch ID#: 174630
Agency Type:

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Humanities Montana


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Fellowships of up to $4,000 to Montana individuals undertaking research and other projects within the humanities disciplines. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with program staff prior to applying. Proposals will be assessed based on relevance to the humanities and the participation of humanities scholars. Fellowships are intended to allow individuals to devote several weeks of uninterrupted time for investigation, reflection, and writing.

Humanities Montana encourages proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between humanities scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations (museums, libraries, schools, tribal organizations, etc.), and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

The humanities include, but are not limited to, the following disciplines: history, philosophy, languages, linguistics, literature, archaeology, jurisprudence, the history, theory, and criticism of the arts, ethics, comparative religions, those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods, and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment, with particular attention to reflection on our diverse heritage, traditions, and history, and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

Products research projects must result in a product that will be presented to Montana audiences. These may be, but are not limited to, exhibits, narrated computer and/or web-based products, a series of newspaper or magazine articles, books, and/or journal articles. Humanities Montana must receive a copy of the end product.

Fellowship recipients must present two public programs based upon their research by the end of the year following the grant period. Scheduling of these programs should be made in consultation with the Humanities Montana staff.

Some applicants may wish to conduct research under the guidance of a mentor. Applicants may choose their own mentor or request that Humanities Montana staff suggest one. The mentoring plan should be a part of the application, and mentors may receive up to $1,000 in addition to the individual fellowship award.

Humanities Montana typically makes as many of 3 awards per year.

Fellowships are up to $4,000.

Mentors may receive up to $1,000 in addition to the individual fellowship award.

The grant period begins the date funds are awarded and ends 30 days after the funded program or activity ends.

Humanities Montana fellowships are not limited to individuals in educational institutions. Scholars and writers in various other settings—for example, museums, libraries, and historical associations, or others—are welcome to apply.

Independent scholars and writers, not affiliated with educational or other institutions, also are eligible and are encouraged to apply.

While preference will be given to Montana residents, applicants may include any legal resident of the United States who demonstrates evidence of interest and accomplishment in the field of the humanities.

Persons seeking support for work leading toward a degree are NOT eligible to apply. If a prospective applicant has completed all of the official requirements for the degree and is awaiting only the formal award, certification that all requirements have been met by the application deadline must be submitted by the dean of the school awarding the degree.

Humanities Montana cannot fund:
-Projects that focus on personal instead of public concerns
-Non-public meetings of organizations (although Humanities Montana will consider funding programs open to the public but held in conjunction with a group's meeting)
-Construction, restoration, or operating expenses of existing organizations
-Equipment, property, or other capital purchases
-Museum or library acquisitions, except in unusual circumstances
-Lobbying or direct social action, or planning for direct action, or projects which advocate a particular course of action
-Projects that present a one-sided, uncritical treatment of an issue
-Projects that would raise funds for profit-making groups or for commercial purposes
-Meals or refreshments for an audience
-Alcoholic beverages or entertainment costs
-Candidates running for political office

Your total estimated cost-share must match your Humanities Montana Funds 1:1. For every dollar you request from Humanities Montana, you must provide at least a dollar of cost-share, either in cash, in-kind, or a mixture of both.

Prior to applying, applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project with Humanities Montana staff. Staff will confirm whether your proposal meets the basic criteria, and will help ensure you submit a competitive application.

Humanities Montana staff can guide you through the online application process, answer questions, review drafts, offer recommendations, and generally help you develop the strongest application possible.

Applications can be submitted online any time. However, the Humanities Montana board reviews research fellowship applications and awards grants only once each year at the board meeting following the December 20 deadline.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kim Anderson, Director of Programs and Grants

Humanities Montana
311 Brantly
Missoula, MT 59812

Phone: 406-243-6022
In Montana: 800-624-6001

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