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NEH Grant Opportunities

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  • NEH Grant OpportunitiesOld Post Office Building1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20506www.neh.gov800/NEH-1121

  • Rebecca BoggsSenior Program OfficerDivision of Education Programs


  • American HistoryWorld HistoryEconomic HistoryPolitical SciencePhilosophyEthicsHistory of ArtHistory of MusicClassical StudiesReligious StudiesTheologyEnglish LiteratureAmerican LiteratureForeign LanguageWorld LiteratureHistory of ScienceHistory of Mathematics

    The Humanities

    carry the voices of one generation to the next through the records of human civilization

    are the ideas that shape our world and define our roles as citizens

    ask big questions

  • Visit our website:

  • Office of Digital HumanitiesEducationPreservation& AccessResearchPublicProgramsChallenge GrantsNEH Divisions and Offices

  • What do you want to do with your grant?

  • Bridging CulturesThe NEH Bridging Cultures Initiative is designed to help American citizens gain a deeper understanding of our own rich and varied cultural heritage, as well as the history and culture of other nations.

    - NEH Chairman Jim Leach

  • Note: All deadlines listed in this presentation or in other materials distributed at this workshop should be verified against the official current listing well in advance of applying. This listing can be found on the NEH website under Apply for a Grant:

  • Humanities Initiatives at Institutions with High Hispanic EnrollmentNEH Humanities Initiatives may:create opportunities for faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanitieshelp faculty members and administrators develop new humanities programs (may include but not limited to: academic writing programs, foreign language programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, capstone courses, or summer bridge programs for at-risk high school students)help institutions take advantage of humanities resources, especially in the digital humanitiesenhance or develop areas of basic need in an institutions core humanities programsbuild ties among faculty at more than one institution of higher learning; among college teachers, secondary school teachers, and students; or among faculty members at institutions of higher learning and colleagues in museums, libraries, or other organizations such as historical and cultural societies

  • Deadline: June 30, 2011

    Grant Amount: Up to $100,000

    Duration: 12 to 36 months

    Division of Education ProgramsHumanities Initiatives at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment

  • Examples of Humanities Initiatives Grants

    Integrating Area Studies and Humanities: Bridging Cultures in an Era of Internationalization California State University, San Bernardino A two-year project to support the linking and integration of programs in three interdisciplinary areas: Asian, Latin American, and Islamic and Arabic studies. Programs in Puerto Rican and Caribbean Art History Center for Advanced Studies on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean A series of public lectures and faculty development seminars in anticipation of the creation of a new masters program in Puerto Rican and Caribbean art history.

    Hartford Heritage: History, Literature, and Writing Capital Community College A two-year project for twelve faculty members at Capital Community College to investigate the history, literature, and culture of Hartford, Connecticut, and to reframe the institutions first-year writing courses as writing-intensive humanities studies.

  • Awards to individual faculty members for:conducting research in primary and secondary materials;producing articles, books, digital materials, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources; orpursuing research to improve an existing undergraduate course or to achieve institutional or community research goals.Awards for Faculty at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment

  • Awards for Faculty at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment Deadline: April 14, 2011

    Grant Amount: $4,200 per month (or full-time equivalent) maximum $50,400 (12 months full-time)

    Duration: 2 to 12 months full-time (4 to 24 half-time)

    Division of Research Programs

  • Examples of Awards for Faculty at IHHEs

    Christina BuenoNortheastern Illinois UniversityThe Allure of Antiquity: Archeology and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1877-1910

    Ethan BumasNew Jersey City UniversityColonial Appropriations

    Barry LevittFlorida International UniversityLaughing at Lo Politico: Mass Media Political Humor in Contemporary Latin America

    Julie WeiseCalifornia State University, Long Beach Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 19102010

  • Division of Education ProgramsGrants to strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities in schools and colleges across the nation

  • Provide opportunities to:

    Create intensive two-to-five week programs that reach a national audience of college and university faculty or school teachersEngage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanitiesUse the academic resources of libraries, museums, and cultural sites

    Deadline to propose a project for summer 2013: March 2012(Award amounts vary based on the length and type of project.)

    Deadline to apply to attend a project in summer 2012: March 2012 (Participants apply directly to individual projects.)NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers:Mexican Literature and Culture in Context (CSU East Bay; held in Mexico City)Latino Identity in New York (Hunter College)Medieval and Early Modern Islamic Iberia (U. of Virginia; held in Spain)Reading Don Quixote (SUNY-Binghamton) Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers:Brazilian Literature and Culture (Ohio State U.; held in Brazil)American Immigration Revisited (American University)Revisioning the Maya World(Community Coll. Humanities Assn; held in C. Amer.)

    Examples of NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • Provide opportunities to:Create intensive one-week programs that reach national audiences of school teachers or community college facultyEngage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the American experience at historic sitesIntegrate the use of archival sources and material evidence into school curricula

    Deadline to propose a project for summer 2013: March 2012(Award amounts vary.)

    Deadline to apply to attend a project in summer 2012: March 2012 (Participants apply directly to individual projects.)

    NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops

  • Examples of NEH Landmarks of American History & Culture Workshops

    University of New MexicoContested Homelands: Knowledge, History and Culture of Historic Santa FeTwo oneweek workshops for eighty school teachers on the history of interactions between Native Americans and European settlers in Santa Fe.

    California State University, NorthridgeThe Spanish and Mexican Influences on California, 1769-1884Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the Spanish and Mexican influence in California, using sites in the Los Angeles area.

    CUNY: NYC College of Technology (CityTech), Brooklyn, NYAlong the Shore: Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyns Industrial WaterfrontTwo oneweek workshops for fifty community college faculty members on selected Brooklyn waterfront landmarks.

  • Enduring QuestionsOffer opportunities to: Design a new course for undergraduate teaching and learning that promotes engagement with fundamental issues in the humanities Focus on an explicitly stated question drawing upon significant readings from a range of historical periodsStimulate inquiry beyond vocational or specialized areas (not limited to those trained in or teaching in humanities disciplines)Engage in deep, sustained programs of reading to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day

    Deadline: September 15, 2011Awards up to $25,000, including $15,000 stipend for the project director or project team

  • Enduring Questions Sample Grants

    Wilbur Wright College (City Colleges of Chicago, IL)Enduring Questions: What Is Freedom?The development of a community college course that examines the question what is freedom? through philosophy, psychology, political science, religion and literature.

    SUNY-Brockport (Brockport, NY) NEH Enduring Questions Course on What is Forgiveness? The development of a junior level undergraduate seminar that explores the concept of forgiveness through literature, philosophy, religion, criminal justice, and international relations.

    Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) NEH Enduring Questions Course on Good and Evil The development of a course that examines the nature of good and evil through the study of philosophy, literature, sociology, psychology, and film.

  • EDSITEment edsitement.neh.govPeer-evaluated educational websites with outstanding humanities content (including Best-of-the-Web Spanish Language Websites)Organized by humanities fieldsIncludes grade-level K-12 lesson plans developed specially for EDSITEment and other resources for teachersMaterials can also be used in undergraduate teachingIncludes the Picturing America images and teaching materials

  • Division of Research ProgramsGrants to facilitate research and original scholarship

  • Fellowships and Summer StipendsFellowshipsGrants to support uninterrupted study for 6-12 months$4,200 per monthUniversity Teachers, College Teachers, Independent ScholarsDeadline: May 3, 2011Summer StipendsGrants to support uninterrupted study for 2 months ($6,000 total)Two nominees per institutionDeadline: September 29, 2011

  • Collaborative ResearchOriginal research requiring the participation of two or more scholars or resources beyond one scholar. Collaborative scholarship, archaeology projects, scholarly conferences, etc.Deadline: December 8, 2011

    Scholarly Editions and TranslationsPreparation by a team of editors of authoritative and annotated texts, documents, and translations of value to humanities scholars and general readers Deadline: December 8, 2011Also from the Division of Research Programs

  • More from the Division of Research ProgramsFellowships Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsFellowships for post-degree scholarsDeadline: August 17, 2011 for institutions applying for support of their programsIndividual scholars: check listing on NEH website;

    Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research in JapanDeadline: May 3, 2011

  • Office of Challenge GrantsGrants to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities

  • CHALLENGE GRANTS CAN PROVIDE FUNDS FOR:Institution building, long-term benefits to humanitiesFellowships, research funds, library acquisition funds, computer upgrades and maintenance funds, higher education scholarships, endowments Construction and renovationAcquisitions of equipment, computer hardware and software, bibliographic collectionDevelopment and fund-raising costsDeadlines: Regular Challenge Grants, May 4, 2011Challenge Grant Initiative for Two-Year Colleges, February 2012


    NEH Challenge Grants help institutions increase their fund-raising capacityRecipients raise $3 in private funds for each $1 in federal matching funds$2/$1 ratio for HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Two-Year CollegesRecipients must match an NEH challenge grant with nonfederal gifts only

  • Office of Digital HumanitiesFunds innovation in the digital humanities

  • Digital Humanities Start-Up GrantsSmall grants designed to spark experiments, innovation, new ideas.Often used for basic, experimental research, that is investigating new methods and techniques of value for humanities scholarship.Can be used to fund small workshops to bring the right people together to address an important technology issue in the Academy (e.g. scholarly communications, open access).

  • Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital HumanitiesA DH summer institute program (but doesnt have to be in the summer).A great way to share institutional expertise in the digital humanities.Consider attending an institute as a participant or hosting one yourself.


  • Institute for Enabling Geospatial ScholarshipINSTITUTES FOR ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES2010 Institutes

  • INSTITUTES FOR ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES2010 InstitutesNetworks and Network Analysis for the Humanities

  • Division of Preservation and AccessGrants to preserve and provide access to humanities resources

  • Grants for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources: Grants to preserve and create access to humanities collectionsGrants to create research and reference tools such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, historical atlases, databases, and bibliographies

    Deadline: July 20, 2011Division of Preservation and Access Grants

  • Research and development projectsEducation and training grantsNational digital newspaper programPreservation assistance grants for smaller institutionsGrants to document endangered languagesGrants to sustain cultural heritage collections

    For deadlines, please consult the NEH websiteMore Preservation and Access Grants

  • Sample Preservation Assistance Grants

    Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CAArchival supplies and storage furniture to preserve and make accessible for research a collection of 3,400 posters and prints on paper spanning 31 years of printmaking from Mission Grafica and La Raza Graphics. The prints document the social, political, and community history of Latinos in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California; they were created using a method of silkscreen employed by artists with little formal training or access to more expensive methods of creating art.

    MexicArte Museum, Austin, TXThe museums first preservation assessment, which would include a site visit, report, and one day of staff training. Approximately 90 percent of the permanent collection consists of works on paper of 20thcentury Mexican and MexicanAmerican art.

    National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, ILThe purchase of storage furniture and materials to house the museums textile collection, which includes a variety of clothing, accessories, household textiles, headdresses, and processional objects from Mexico. The collection is used in research, exhibitions, and educational programming.

  • Division of Public ProgramsGrants to provide opportunities for lifelong learning

  • Division of Public Programs Grants

    Projects designed to connect humanities scholarship and the general public

    Core Programs: Projects in Historical and Cultural OrganizationsGrants to Americas Media Makers

    Exhibitions, discussion series, lectures and symposia, site interpretation, television, radio, film, websites

    For deadlines, please consult the NEH website

  • Sample Public Programs Grants

    Americas Media Makers: Development GrantsThe Latino AmericansGWETA, Inc.Washington, DC

    Development of two one-hour scripts for an eight-part film series to be broadcast nationally, with a companion radio series on National Public Radio and an accompanying website that would examine the history of Latino Americans through the lens of immigration.

  • Sample Public Programs Grants

    Americas Historical and Cultural OrganizationsPlanning GrantsThe Ancient Maya CityUniversity of Pennsylvania

    Planning for a traveling exhibition, a web exhibition, a publication, and programs on the Maya city of Copn.

    Implementation GrantsComing to California: The Gallery of California HistoryOakland Museum/Museum of California Foundation

    Implementation of a permanent exhibition, docent tours, a website, and public programs on the history of California.

  • . . . and dont forget The NEH Federal-State PartnershipState Humanities Councils

  • Application Strategies and Other Information

  • Remember

    Outstanding humanities subjects, texts, scholars, and scholarship are at the center of all successful NEH grants

  • Who Can Apply?Who is the applicant? Individual or institutional grant?

    Please consult the "Eligibility" section of specific program guidelines for further information.

  • Grants for IndividualsIf you are a citizen of the United States or a U.S. territory, or are a foreign national who has lived in the United States or a U.S. territory for at least three years immediately preceding an application, you are eligible to apply for a grant.

    Examples: Fellowships & Stipends

  • Grants for InstitutionsU.S. nonprofit institutions (public agencies or private nonprofit organizations) are eligible for funding; state and local governments are also eligible.

    Examples: Most NEH grants other than Fellowships & Stipends

  • How do I apply?Step One: Visit the NEH website and READ THE GUIDELINES

  • Step Two: Talk to an NEH program officer. Get samples and/or ask questionsStep Three: Talk to your sponsored research office and let them know you plan to apply. If it is an institutional grant, make sure your institution is registered with If it is an individual grant, then you will need to make sure you are registered!

    How do I apply?

  • How do I apply?Step Four: Draft your application and get someone to read it. If the NEH grant program reads drafts, take advantage of it!

    Step Five: Submit your application by the deadline and waitthese things take time.

  • The NEH Grant Review ProcessPeer Review Panels:Invited scholars and experts review applications and identify exemplary proposalsNational Council for the Humanities: Review and RecommendChairman: Funding decisions based on recommendations of panelists, staff, and Council

  • How will my application be evaluated?Intellectual quality of the projectSignificant humanities topics and textsClear and persuasive rationale

    Quality of the project design

    Potential for significant results

  • Other TipsTalk with NEH staff prior to sending in a grant application. Write for a general audience it will be read by people from multiple backgrounds.Whether or not you get the grant, ask the NEH to send you a why or why not letter that contains verbatim comments by the panelists.Consider serving as a panelist yourself.

  • Thank You!Rebecca BoggsSenior Program OfficerDivision of Education Programs202/