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Research Fellowship Grant

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

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Humanities Montana

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Fellowships of up to $4,000 to Montana individuals to carry out focused research within the humanities disciplines. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. This program allows qualifying individuals to devote a period of several weeks to humanities-oriented reflection, writing, and investigation.

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.

Humanities Montana encourages serious scholarship on Montana and the region. Projects appropriate for funding must be within a humanities discipline. 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 the 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.

Criteria for selection Applications for fellowships, which must be written by the applicant, will be judged on the following:
-Conception, definition, organization, and description of the project
-Quality and significance of the contribution of the project to the humanities in Montana and the region
-Likelihood that the applicant will complete the project
-Appropriate and imaginative method(s) proposed for presenting the project to the public.

The description of the project should address the following questions:
-What are the basic ideas, problems, works, or questions the study will examine?
-What is the current state of the proposed study? Is it in its beginning stage or in progress? How does the part of the study to be done under the fellowship fit into the whole?
-Who is the proposed audience and what form will the final product take?
-What contribution is the proposed project likely to make to the humanities in Montana?

All Humanities Montana-funded projects must have
-A central focus in the humanities
-A clearly defined theme
-Professional humanists involved in planning/executing
-No political advocacy
-Include a public program
-Publicity and evaluation plans where appropriate
-All applications for support of projects that involve Native American communities or cultures must demonstrate involvement of those communities or address why they are not involved.

The arts and humanities are not the same, which is why Montana is served by both an arts council and Humanities Montana. Arts programs usually focus on creation and performance. Humanities programs focus on the interpretive aspects of the arts: discussions about their historical or philosophical contexts, critical analyses of their methodology, lectures or films that look at the characteristics of different art movements or periods. Occasionally Humanities Montana grants modest amounts for performances when such activities are teamed with interpretations, such as when a play or dance is preceded or followed by a lecture or scholar-led discussion.

Other considerations include the following:
-In accepting a grant, the recipient agrees to use grant funds in accordance with the Humanities Montana grant award letter and general grant provisions
-Grant funds may be spent only within the grant period for the purposes described in the proposal and for the items specified in the approved budget
-Suitable records and accounts of project expenditures must be maintained so an experienced bookkeeper is needed
-All materials publicizing or resulting from grant activities must contain the appropriate acknowledgement of Humanities Montana support

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174630

Number of Grants:

Typically as many as three awards will be made each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowship awards are up to $4,000.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

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.

It is strongly suggested that applicants consult with Humanities Montana staff before applying for any grant.

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. Applications must be submitted by December 20 for consideration.

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Contact Information:

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

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Humanities Montana
311 Brantly
Missoula, MT 59812


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USA: Montana