Promotion of the Humanities Fellowships and Stipends
Fellowships and Summer Stipends provide support for scholars to undertake full-time independent research and writing in the humanities. Grants are available for 6-to12-month fellowships and two months of summer study. Awards for Faculty programs support research conducted by faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions of higher education, and Tribal Colleges and Universities for periods of 2 to 12 months.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Endowment For The Humanities, National Foundation On The Arts and The Humanities
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
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.
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. §956 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
All applicants must be U.S. citizens, native residents of U.S. jurisdictions, 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. Fellowships: Faculty members at colleges and universities, individuals affiliated with other institutions, independent scholars, and others who work in the humanities are eligible. Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but they must have completed their formal academic training. Active candidates for degrees and persons seeking support for work leading to degrees are not eligible. Summer Stipends: University and college faculty members must be nominated by their academic institutions. Faculty members with terminating appointments, independent scholars, and nonfaculty college and university staff members are exempt from nomination and may apply directly. Awards for Faculty are offered to full-time faculty and staff 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, 13021.
Fellowships and Stipends: College and university faculty and staff, individuals affiliated with institutions other than colleges and universities, and scholars and writers working independently. Awards for Faculty: faculty members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications to NEH must be submitted via Grants.gov. Fellowships, Summer Stipends, and Awards for Faculty application materials are available online at https://www.neh.gov/divisions/research.
NEH staff review applications for eligibility and completeness. NEH uses a peer review process to evaluate all eligible and complete applications. Peer reviewers are experts in the field with relevant knowledge and expertise in the types of project activities identified in the applications. NEH instructs reviewers to evaluate applications according to the review criteria outlined in this Notice of Funding Opportunity. Peer reviewers must comply with Federal ethics and conflicts of interest requirements. NEH staff comments on matters of fact or on significant issues that otherwise would be missing from peer reviews, then makes recommendations to the National Council on the Humanities. The National Council meets three times per year to advise the NEH chairman. The chairman considers the advice provided by the review process and, by law, makes all funding decisions
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Five to seven months.
How are proposals selected?
For Fellowships, Summer Stipends: 1) The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to scholars, general audiences in the humanities, or both; 2) the quality or promise of quality of the applicant's work as an interpreter of the humanities; 3) the quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant's clarity of expression; 4) the feasibility of the proposed plan of work, including, when appropriate, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans; and, 5) the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project. Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities: 1) the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to scholars, students, or general audiences in the humanities; 2) the quality or promise of quality of the applicant as a humanities teacher and researcher; 3) the quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the clarity of expression in the application; 4) the feasibility of the proposed plan of work, including, when appropriate, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans for the proposed audience or audiences; and 5) the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project. For the Public Scholar Programs: 1) The appeal and intellectual significance of the proposed book for general readers; 2) The applicant's record of research and experience in interpreting the humanities for general audiences; 3) The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project; and the breadth and depth of the humanities research underlying the project; 4) The quality of the writing sample and the applicant's clarity of expression; and 5) The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, the soundness of the dissemination plan, and the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project.
How may assistance be used?
Fellowships and Summer Stipends: Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. The proposed study or research may be completed during the grant period or it may be part of a longer project. Supported applications 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 of higher education, and Tribal Colleges and Universities as designated by the White House offices charged with the implementation of Executive Orders 12876, 13230, 13021. Applications for planning institutional curricula, educational research projects, the creation or performance of works of art, and that lack humanities content or methodology are not eligible.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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 6 to 12 months, with payment in quarterly installments. Summer Stipends are held for 2 consecutive months, with stipends disbursed in one payment. Awards for Faculty may support activities from 2 to 12 months, with payments in quarterly installments. Recipients will be paid on an advance basis, unless otherwise specified in the award, and payment will be made through electronic funds transfer. Advance payments must be limited to the immediate cash requirements of the recipient in carrying out the purpose of the approved program or project.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 18$5,061,600.00; FY 19 est $5,450,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$5,925,000.00; FY 16$5,812,170.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fellowships and Awards for Faculty: an award of $5,000 per month for a grant period of from 3 to 12 months. Summer Stipends: all awards are $6,000 for a grant period of 8 weeks.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Fellowship, Awards for Faculty, Summer Stipends, AND Public Scholar guidelines are available online at http://www.neh.gov/grants/grantsbydivision.html#research. For assistance, contact the National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $33.60 foreign).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019
Past recipients of Humanities Fellowships and Stipends may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at https://securegrants.neh.gov/publicquery/main.aspx.