Promotion of the Humanities Professional Development


Seminars and Institutes promote better teaching and research in the humanities through faculty development. Landmarks of American History and Culture promote better teaching of American history and culture through intensive, rigorous faculty and staff development workshops at historical sites, colonial settlements, battlefields, artists' and writers' homes--while enabling the participants to gain experience in conveying the importance of historical places and while enhancing their teaching materials.

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 2012 No current data available. 246 applications were received and 65 grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2013 214 application were received and 69 grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2014 211 application were received and 69 grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 See
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?
Applicant Eligibility
Distinguished scholar-teachers in the humanities may apply through an eligible organization to direct a seminar or institute for college teachers or school teachers. For Landmarks in American History and Culture, the following may apply: U.S. public and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (including institutions of higher education), state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
U.S. public and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations (including institutions of higher education), state and local governmental agencies, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, and humanities scholars. For Seminars and Institutes and Landmarks of American History and Culture--primarily K-12 or college teachers, depending on the particular project--as well as their colleagues and students.
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. Applications to NEH must be submitted via Additional application information is available online at
Award Procedure
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
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 4 to 5 months; 6 weeks for participants in Seminars and Institutes, Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.
Applicants may request written reasons for rejection and reapply with revised proposal to a subsequent application deadline.
Applications for renewal must demonstrate a record of success and the potential to serve new audiences. These applications compete against new applications.
How are proposals selected?
In evaluating proposals, the following criteria apply: (1) intellectual quality and significance; (2) impact; and (3) program design and feasibility. Applicants to Workshops, Seminars and Institutes selected to receive stipends are those who can derive the greatest benefit from participation in and who can make the greatest contribution to the program.
How may assistance be used?
Grants support Summer Seminars and Institutes and Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. Awards support direct costs, including salaries, participant stipends, selection costs, travel, and supplies. Projects should engage participants in deepening the knowledge of the subjects they teach and strengthen their capacity to engage students in substantive study of the humanities. Projects that deal solely with pedagogical theory or that are intended to improve writing, speaking, or thinking skills apart from a focus on specific humanities content are not normally supported.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Documentation of expenditures and other fiscal records must be retained for 3 years following the submission of the final financial report.
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
Period of performance varies by program. 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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Education Programs
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506 US
Phone: (202) 606-8463.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$8,845,400.00; FY 19 est $8,965,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$9,429,550.00; FY 14$10,854,340.00; FY 15 est $10,877,300.00; FY 12 est $11,532,000.00; FY 13$11,223,327.00; FY 16 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Guidelines are available online at or upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 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, $30.00 foreign).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012 No current data available.
Fiscal Year 2014 (1) The Problem of the Color Line: Atlanta Landmarks and Civil Rights History: two one-week Landmarks workshops for seventy-two school teachers will examine race reform in a contested southern past. Atlanta, destroyed in the Civil War, was rebuilt on the ashes of slavery as a New South city. The project uses several Atlanta sites as touchstones for examining memorialization of the antebellum South and Civil War, the history of the “color line,” race relations, and the Civil Rights movement in twentieth-century America. (2) America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story: A three-week institute will bring thirty k-12 teachers together from across the country to learn more about the history of the Reconstruction period and how that history has been shaped by episodes emerging from the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. (3) The Canon and Beyond: Teaching the History of Modern Design: A four week summer teaching institute designed to prepare a diverse group of college faculty to meet an increasing demand to teach courses on the topic. The Institute is organized into three thematic units whose subjects address significant components of introductory courses in modern design history, from the early 19th century through the 1970s. (4) The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts: Interpretation through Production: A four week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty will explore understandings of medieval manuscripts and their role in medieval culture. Knowledge of medieval book production and the materiality of manuscripts has become all the more important as manuscript facsimiles are increasingly available online
Fiscal Year 2018 Past recipients of Humanities Professional Development awards may be found by using the NEH's Funded Projects Query Form available online at


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