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NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Fellowships to USA Scholars to Pursue Humanities
Research Projects that Require Digital Publication

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Conf. Date:

02/04/21

Deadline Date:

04/28/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Fellowships of up to $60,000 to USA scholars for research projects that address issues related to the humanities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that require publication in digital formats.

Through NEH - Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

NEH - Mellon Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research and prepare digital publications. Successful projects will likely incorporate images, video, audio, manipulable elements, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan. Anticipated products must be published in digital form and include, but are not limited to, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, websites, virtual exhibitions, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions. Projects may be at any stage of development. 

NEH Areas of Interest: NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas.  “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary - As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture and that advance civic education and knowledge of our core principles of government.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185380

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$480,000

Number of Grants:

Approximately 8 grants (approximately 11% of applications received)

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding Range: $30,000 - $60,000

Maximum award amount $5,000 per month

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 6 - 12 months, starting as early as January 1, 2022 and no later than September 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related subfields of the social sciences, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

The NEH - Mellon Fellowships program accepts applications from individuals who meet the following requirements.

Citizenship: U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, 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. Foreign nationals who take up permanent residence outside the United States any time between the application deadline and the end of the period of performance will forfeit their eligibility to hold an award. (Leaving the U.S. on a temporary basis is permitted.)

Currently enrolled students: While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degreegranting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral are eligible for NEH Fellowships; but such applicants must include a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status as of the deadline in Attachment 6: Degree conferral.

For additional eligibility information and restrictions, see: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Mellon%20Fellowships%202021%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity_1.pdf#page=7

Funding restrictions: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Mellon%20Fellowships%202021%20Notice%20of%20Funding%20Opportunity_1.pdf#page=18

Pre-proposal Conference:

View the Online Information Session

There will be a webinar on February 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time to introduce the 2021 Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication competition. The presentation will take approximately 25 minutes, followed by 20 minutes for questions.

Please use this link to join the webinar: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_MzA0NzBmODUtNGFjOS00MDI5LWI3NmItZWMzNDJkOTQzMTYz%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2293b06459-c77d-44b6-af7f-e813cddcdcc3%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%222b296368-315f-4aaa-a8fc-4c99a239c45c%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d.

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this announcement is April 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Letters of reference must be submitted online not later than May 22, 2021. NEH will contact referees 1 to 2 weeks after the application deadline.

Application available December 21, 2020
Optional Draft due February 12, 2021
Application due April 28, 2021
Expected notification date December 1, 2021
Project start date January 1, 2022

Ensure your Grants.gov registration and password are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. NEH strongly recommends that you complete your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline.

If you are registering with Grants.gov for the first time, go to
https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/register.faces.

Individuals do not need to register in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Drafts

Applicants may submit a draft narrative (up to three pages), the work plan, and the appendices for staff review. Drafts should be submitted by email; put “NEH - Mellon Draft Narrative” in the subject line of the message.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330544

Contact Information:

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

Division of Research Programs Team
202-606-8200
fellowships@neh.gov

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399

If you have questions about administrative requirements, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506
202-606-8494
grantmanagement@neh.gov

CFDA Number:

45.160

Funding or Pin Number:

20210428-FEL

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