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NEH Grant Opportunities. Old Post Office Building 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20506 800/NEH-1121. Rebecca Boggs Senior Program Officer Division of Education Programs 202/606-8398 American History World History Economic History

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neh grant opportunities

NEH Grant Opportunities

Old Post Office Building

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20506



Rebecca Boggs

Senior Program Officer

Division of Education Programs



American History

World History

Economic History

Political Science



History of Art

History of Music

Classical Studies

Religious Studies


English Literature

American Literature

Foreign Language

World Literature

History of Science

History 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

Office of Digital Humanities


& Access





Challenge Grants

NEH Divisions and Offices


Bridging Cultures

The 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 Enrollment

  • NEH Humanities Initiatives may:
  • create opportunities for faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities
  • help 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 humanities
  • enhance or develop areas of basic need in an institution’s core humanities programs
  • build 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

Humanities Initiatives at

Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment

  • Deadline: June 30, 2011
  • Grant Amount: Up to $100,000
  • Duration: 12 to 36 months
  • Division of Education Programs

Examples of Humanities Initiatives Grants

Integrating Area Studies and Humanities: Bridging Cultures in an Era of InternationalizationCalifornia State University, San BernardinoA 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 HistoryCenter for Advanced Studies on Puerto Rico and the CaribbeanA series of public lectures and faculty development seminars in anticipation of the creation of a new master’s program in Puerto Rican and Caribbean art history.

Hartford Heritage: History, Literature, and WritingCapital Community CollegeA 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 institution’s first-year writing courses as writing-intensive humanities studies.


Awards for Faculty at

Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment

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

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 Bueno

Northeastern Illinois University

The Allure of Antiquity: Archeology and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1877-1910

Ethan Bumas

New Jersey City University

Colonial Appropriations

Barry Levitt

Florida International University

Laughing at “Lo Politico”: Mass Media Political Humor in Contemporary Latin America

Julie Weise

California State University, Long BeachMexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1910–2010


Division of Education Programs

Grants to strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities in schools and colleges across the nation


NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

Provide opportunities to:

  • Create intensive two-to-five week programs that reach a national audience of college and university faculty or school teachers
  • Engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanities
  • Use 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.)

Examples of 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 Ass’n; held in C. Amer.)

NEH Landmarks of American

History and Culture Workshops

Provide opportunities to:

  • Create intensive one-week programs that reach national audiences of school teachers or community college faculty
  • Engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the American experience at historic sites
  • Integrate 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.)

Examples of NEH Landmarks of

American History & Culture Workshops

University of New Mexico

Contested Homelands: Knowledge, History and Culture of Historic Santa Fe

Two one‑week workshops for eighty school teachers on the history of interactions between Native Americans and European settlers in Santa Fe.

California State University, Northridge

The Spanish and Mexican Influences on California, 1769-1884

Two 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, NY

Along the Shore: Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront

Two one‑week workshops for fifty community college faculty members on selected Brooklyn waterfront landmarks.

enduring questions
Enduring Questions

Offer 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 periods
  • Stimulate 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, 2011

Awards 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 EvilThe development of a course that examines the nature of good and evil through the study of philosophy, literature, sociology, psychology, and film.



  • Peer-evaluated educational websites with outstanding humanities content (including Best-of-the-Web Spanish Language Websites)
  • Organized by humanities fields
  • Includes grade-level K-12 lesson plans developed specially for EDSITEment and other resources for teachers
  • Materials can also be used in undergraduate teaching
  • Includes the Picturing America images and teaching materials

Division of Research Programs

Grants to facilitate research and original scholarship


Fellowships and Summer Stipends


  • Grants to support uninterrupted study for 6-12 months
  • $4,200 per month
  • University Teachers, College Teachers, Independent Scholars
  • Deadline: May 3, 2011

Summer Stipends

  • Grants to support uninterrupted study for 2 months ($6,000 total)
  • Two nominees per institution
  • Deadline: September 29, 2011

Also from the Division of Research Programs

Collaborative Research

Original 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 Translations

Preparation by a team of editors of authoritative and annotated texts, documents, and translations of value to humanities scholars and general readers

Deadline: December 8, 2011


… More from the Division of Research Programs

  • Fellowships Programs at Independent Research Institutions
  • Fellowships for post-degree scholars
  • Deadline: August 17, 2011 for institutions applying for support of their programs
  • Individual scholars: check listing on NEH website;
  • Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research in Japan
  • Deadline: May 3, 2011

Office of Challenge Grants

Grants to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities



  • Institution building, long-term benefits to humanities
  • Fellowships, research funds, library acquisition funds, computer upgrades and maintenance funds, higher education scholarships, endowments
  • Construction and renovation
  • Acquisitions of equipment, computer hardware and software, bibliographic collection
  • Development and fund-raising costs
  • Deadlines: Regular Challenge Grants, May 4, 2011
  • Challenge Grant Initiative for Two-Year Colleges, February 2012


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

Office of Digital Humanities

Funds innovation in the digital humanities

digital humanities start up grants
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
  • Small 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 humanities
Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
  • A DH summer institute program (but doesn’t 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.


2010 Institutes

Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship



2010 Institutes

Networks and Network Analysis

for the Humanities


Division of Preservation and Access

Grants to preserve and provide access to humanities resources


Division of Preservation and Access Grants

Grants for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources:

  • Grants to preserve and create access to humanities collections
  • Grants to create research and reference tools such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, historical atlases, databases, and bibliographies

Deadline: July 20, 2011


More Preservation and Access Grants

  • Research and development projects
  • Education and training grants
  • National digital newspaper program
  • Preservation assistance grants for smaller institutions
  • Grants to document endangered languages
  • Grants to sustain cultural heritage collections

For deadlines, please consult the NEH website


Sample Preservation Assistance Grants

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA

Archival 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.

Mexic‑Arte Museum, Austin, TX

The museum’s 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 20th‑century Mexican and Mexican‑American art.

National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL

The purchase of storage furniture and materials to house the museum’s 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 Programs

Grants 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 Organizations
  • Grants to America’s 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

America’s Media Makers: Development Grants

The Latino Americans


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

America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations

Planning Grants

The Ancient Maya City

University of Pennsylvania

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

Implementation Grants

Coming to California: The Gallery of California History

Oakland Museum/Museum of California Foundation

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


. . . and don’t forget

The NEH Federal-State Partnership

State Humanities Councils


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 Individuals

If 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 Institutions

U.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
How do I apply?
  • Step One: Visit the NEH website and READ THE GUIDELINES
how do i apply1
How do I apply?
  • Step Two: Talk to an NEH program officer. Get samples and/or ask questions
  • Step 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!
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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 wait…these things take time.

The NEH Grant Review Process

Peer Review Panels:

Invited scholars and experts review applications and identify exemplary proposals

National Council for the Humanities:

Review and Recommend


Funding decisions based on recommendations of panelists, staff, and Council


How will my application be evaluated?

  • Intellectual quality of the project
    • Significant humanities topics and texts
    • Clear and persuasive rationale
  • Quality of the project design
  • Potential for significant results
other tips
Other Tips
  • Talk 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
Thank You!

Rebecca Boggs

Senior Program Officer

Division of Education Programs