(CLOSED) NEH Summer Stipends

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members.

Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archeological reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.

Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Summer Stipends may NOT be used for:

  • projects that seek to promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
  • projects that advocate a particular program of social action;
  • specific policy studies;
  • research for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a degree program;
  • the preparation or revision of textbooks;
  • curriculum development;
  • the development of teaching methods or theories;
  • educational or technical impact assessments;
  • empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;
  • inventories of collections;
  • works in the creative and performing arts (for example, painting, writing fiction or poetry, dance performance, etc.);
  • the writing of autobiographies, memoirs, or works of creative nonfiction; or the writing of guide books, how-to books, and self-help books.

Individuals who have either held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are eligible. Everything else being equal, though, the program will give preference to applicants who have not received such support. A “major fellowship or research grant” is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from an individual’s own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships. If you have received any fellowships or research grants within the three years prior to the deadline, please indicate on your CV the total amount of each award or grant. If you fail to do so, your application may be disqualified.

For more information, click on the link to the guidelines: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/summer-stipends-sep-26-2018.pdf or FAQ's: https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/summer-stipends-faqs_2018.pdf

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Sep 26, 2019
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Although all applications must be submitted through this site, each campus will be responsible for selecting their own submissions.

Please upload one PDF file (File name: Last name_NEH Summer Stipend_2020.pdf) containing the following items in order:

1. Narrative—Not to Exceed Three Single-Spaced Pages

Applicants should provide an intellectual justification for their projects, conveying the ideas, objectives, methods, and work plan. A simple statement of need or intent is insufficient. The narrative should not assume specialized knowledge and should be free of technical terms and jargon.

In the course of writing a narrative, applicants should address the following areas:

  • Research and contribution: Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Provide an overview of the project, explaining the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study. Explain how the project will complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field.
  • Methods and work plan: Describe your method(s) and clarify the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend. Provide a work plan, describing what you will accomplish during the award period. Your work plan must be based on a full-time commitment to the project; part-time work is not allowed. If you do not anticipate finishing the entire project during the award period, discuss your plan for doing so. For book projects, explain how the final project will be organized. If possible, provide a brief chapter outline. For digital projects, describe the technologies that will be used and developed, and explain how the scholarship will be presented to benefit audiences in the humanities.
  • Competencies, skills, and access: Explain your competence in the area of your project. If the area of inquiry is new to you, explain your reasons for working in it and your qualifications to do so. Specify your level of competence in any language or digital technology needed for the study. Describe where the study will be conducted and what research materials will be used. If relevant, specify the arrangements for access to archives, collections, or institutions that contain the necessary resources.
  • Final product and dissemination: Describe the intended audience and the intended results of the project. If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject matter and audience. If the project has a website, please provide the URL. If the final product will appear in a language other than English, explain how access and dissemination will be affected. NEH expects grantees to provide broad access to all grant products, insofar as the conditions of the materials and intellectual property rights allow. For projects that lead to the development of websites, all other considerations being equal, NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public. NEH also expects that any materials produced in digital form as a result of its awards will be maintained so as to ensure their long-term availability. To that end, describe how the project’s digital results, if any, will be maintained and supported beyond the period of the grant.

2. Bibliography—Not to Exceed One Single-Spaced Page

The bibliography should consist of primary and secondary sources that relate directly to the project. Include works that pertain to both the project’s substance and its theoretical or methodological approaches. Evaluators will use the bibliography to assess your knowledge of the subject area. Any standard format is acceptable.

3. CV—Not to Exceed Two Single-Spaced Pages

If you have received prior support from NEH, indicate the dates of these grants and the publications that resulted from them. When applicable, provide the dollar amount of any awards or fellowships that you received in the three years preceding the application deadline

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)

  • Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)

  • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 4:00pm
Chamberlin, Carla & Nicosia, Marissa (Abington), Eicher, John (Altoona), Fellie, Maria & Williams, Kesha (Berks), Witwer, David (Harrisburg), Gluck, Pearl & Schultz, Jaime (Univ. Park)