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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribal Governments for Field Research in the Humanities

Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research


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Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
CFDA Number: 45.161
Funding or PIN Number: 20220928-RFW
Array ( [0] => Puerto Rico (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/28/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Puerto Rico nonprofit organizations, IHEs, government agencies, and tribal governments for field research in the humanities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to support research projects that utilize archaeological and/or ethnographic methods to answer significant humanities research questions.

The Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program supports institutionally based, empirical field research projects that answer significant humanities questions through archaeological and/or ethnographic methods. Archaeological methods may include field survey and field-based remote sensing, documentation or visualization, and excavations to answer research questions in ancient studies, history, anthropology, classical studies, art history, regional studies, epigraphy, and related disciplines. Ethnographic methods may include participant observation, surveys and interviews, and documentation or recording to answer research questions in anthropology, ethnolinguistics, oral history, ethnomusicology, performance studies, folklore studies, sociology, and related disciplines.

Competitive submissions embody exceptional research design, describe rigorous field methodologies, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. NEH strongly encourages you to work closely with local collaborators and/or local communities in the co-creation of knowledge and the preservation of culture, whenever possible.

NEH Field Research awards provide up to three years of support for domestic or international fieldwork projects. Allowable costs may include:

  • Travel, lodging, and subsistence
  • Permits, fees, and visas for the project personnel
  • Field equipment and supplies
  • Labor, specialists, translators, and other local vendors
  • Salary or salary replacement costs for the project director and compensation for collaborating scholars, including support for foreign individuals who are named as collaborating scholars

NEH Field Research grants also allow for up to $5,000 per 12-month period to be used for conservation or preservation efforts, such as site and artifact conservation and/or community outreach efforts.

For information about NEH Areas of Interest, see


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
- Nonprofit organizations recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Accredited institutions of higher education (public or nonprofit)
- State and local governments and their agencies
- Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments

NEH invites applications from institutions where the project director is a scholar who holds a Ph.D. or the equivalent in any discipline of the humanities or related subfields of the social sciences. NEH particularly encourages applications from junior faculty. While a project may include collaborating scholars, NEH does not permit co-project directors in this program.

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.

Field school costs are not permitted.

If your project is primarily focused on collections, archives, or legacy data, or your methods are predominantly laboratory-based, NEH will not consider your application in this competition. Similarly, while the ultimate expectation of these awards is public dissemination through peer-reviewed publications and other media, NEH does not allow publication and manuscript preparation costs in this program.

Funding Restrictions:

Pre-Application Information
Application available June 9, 2022
Optional draft due June 16, 2023
Deadline September 28, 2023
Expected notification date April 30, 2024
Project start date June 1, 2024 May 1, 2025

Any applicant may request up to $50,000 in federal matching funds, but institutions of higher education, with a tenured faculty member as project director, must request at least $20,000 in federal matching funds.

Eligible applicants may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. An individual may serve as a project director on only one application submitted under this notice.

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current. It may take up to one month to register with and NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

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Number of Grants
Approximately 6 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Amounts: Up to $150,000

- You may request up to $75,000 for a project with a period of performance between four and twelve months.
- You may request up to $75,000 per year for a project with a period of performance of one to three years, not to exceed $150,000.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance 4 to 36 months.

Contact Information
If you choose to submit a draft proposal, send it as an attachment to

Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

TTY: 800-877-8399

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