Promotion of the Humanities Fellowships and Stipends


Fellowships and Stipends provide support for individual scholars to produce humanities scholarship, including books, articles, and digital projects. Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Awards for Faculty offer flexible fellowships to those employed at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Summer Stipends offer two-month awards to pursue focused research. Public Scholar awards encourage writing books for a wide readership. Fellowships for Digital Publication support projects that require digital expression. Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan support research on modern Japanese society and political economy, Japan's international relations, and U.S.-Japan relations. Dynamic Language Infrastructure Documenting Endangered Languages (DLI-DEL) Fellowships support individual scholars pursuing research on documentation and analysis of one or more endangered languages.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Endowment For The Humanities, National Foundation On The Arts and The Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Almost 200 Research and Fellowships grants were awarded to Humanities Scholars, including Independent Research support in 2016.
Fiscal Year 2018 From 1,872 grant applications 163 total awards were made.
Fiscal Year 2022 Use the Funded Projects Query Tool on the NEH website to learn more about recently funded projects:
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, Part 20 U.S.C., Section § 956, et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, native residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been legal residents in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. See C. Eligibility Information in the Notice of Funding Opportunity for additional program specific eligibility requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Fellowships and Summer Stipends: college and university faculty and staff; individuals affiliated with institutions other than colleges and universities; and independent scholars and writers. Awards for Faculty: faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit their applications to NEH using Additional information can be found online at
Award Procedure
NEH staff review all applications for eligibility, completeness, and responsiveness. The agency then conducts a peer review process for all applications that pass this initial screening. Peer reviewers are experts in their fields with knowledge and expertise relevant to the activities that the program supports. NEH instructs peer reviewers to evaluate applications according to established review criteria. Peer reviewers must comply with federal ethics rules governing conflicts of interest. NEH program officers supplement the peer reviewers' comments to address matters of fact or significant points that the peer reviewers have overlooked. They then make funding recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets at least twice each year to review applications and advise the NEH Chair. By law, the Chair has the sole authority to make final funding decisions.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Five to seven months.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
See E1. Review Criteria in the relevant Notice of Funding Opportunity for detailed criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Fellowships and Summer Stipends: Projects contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. The proposed study or research may be completed during the period of performance it may be part of a longer project. Awards typically result in publication. The Awards for Faculty programs assist faculty members as they engage in advanced research in the humanities. These awards are restricted to faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities as designated by the White House offices charged with the implementation of Executive Orders 12876, 13230, and 13021.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Fellowships are held from six to twelve months, with payment in quarterly installments. Awards for Faculty may support activities from two to twelve months, with payments in quarterly installments. Summer Stipends are held for two consecutive months, with stipends disbursed in a lump payment. NEH will pay recipients using electronic funds transfer on an advance basis, unless otherwise specified in the award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8200
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 22$8,115,350.00; FY 23 est $8,561,000.00; FY 24 est $8,375,000.00; FY 21$13,536,162.00; FY 20$7,108,500.00; FY 19$6,955,582.00; FY 18$5,061,600.00; FY 17$5,925,000.00; FY 16$5,812,170.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fellowships, Public Scholars, and Awards for Faculty: an award of $5,000 per month for a period of performance of two to twelve months. Summer Stipends: all awards are $6,000 for a period of performance of two months. See B. Federal Award Information in the relevant Notice of Funding Opportunity.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Notice of Funding Opportunity for the various Fellowships, Awards for Faculty, Summer Stipends, and Public Scholar are available online at For assistance, contact the National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20506.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 You can search for past recipients using NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at


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