Foundation / Corporation
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
04/10/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt
Fellowships of up to $60,000 per year to USA individual scholars and faculty members at IHEs to carry out advanced humanities research. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that include digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goal, i.e., the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. The fellowship supports projects at any stage of development.
Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan. All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an explicit interpretive argument are not eligible.
Applications submitted for this special opportunity will be evaluated separately from other NEH Fellowships applications, but, like applications submitted to the NEH Fellowships program, will be held to the highest standards of scholarship. Applicants must clearly articulate the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture, as well as projects that advance civic education and knowledge of America’s core principles of government. NEH also invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service. In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.
As the 250th anniversary of American Independence draws near, NEH is offering a special encouragement to applicants to the Fellowships program to consider the impact—both immediate and long term—of the momentous events of 1776. NEH especially invites applications that explore the role of the Declaration of Independence and other foundational documents in the making of U.S. history. In addition, applications are welcome that explore the experiences of states and communities beyond the original colonies in joining the nation, since they have their own stories of becoming part of the United States. Applications examining the stories and contributions of under-represented communities in the nation’s history are also invited.
Reviewers are asked to apply the following five criteria when judging the quality of applications.
1. The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, 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 and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
5. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project (not necessarily during the award period).
GrantWatch ID#: 185380
Fellowships cover periods lasting from six to twelve months at a stipend of $5,000 per month. The maximum stipend is $60,000 for a twelve-month period.
To be eligible, an application must request an award period between six and twelve months.
Applicants should request fellowship periods that suit their schedules and the needs of their projects. Requesting a period shorter than twelve months will not improve an applicant’s chance of receiving a fellowship.
Recipients may begin their awards as early as February 1, 2020, and as late as September 1, 2021.
The award period must be full-time and continuous. Teaching and administrative assignments or other major activities may not be undertaken during the fellowship period.
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