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Summer Stipends

Grants to USA Researchers, Teachers, and
Scholars for Advanced Humanities Research

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs

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09/25/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Grants of $6,000 to USA individual teachers, scholars, and researchers to support scholarly research in the humanities disciplines. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support two months of full-time work and may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

- Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
- Supporting projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
- Furthering the NEH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities by encouraging applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, tribal colleges and universities, and community colleges

Applicants may seek funding for projects based on completed dissertations. You must state in your narrative that the application is to revise a dissertation, and you must explain how the new project moves beyond the original dissertation.

NEH areas of interest:

- Special encouragement in recognition of and preparation for the 250th
- Anniversary of American independence
- Advancing civic education
- Standing Together
- Protecting Our Cultural Heritage

For more information on each of these areas of interest, see:

As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, NEH endeavors to make the products of its awards available to the broadest possible audience. NEH’s goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to the wide range of NEH products. For the Summer Stipends program, such products may include digital resources, websites, and the like. 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.

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Summer Stipends are for two consecutive months of research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other nonNEH sources of support (for example, sabbaticals and supplementary funding) or grants for the same project during the Summer Stipend period of performance. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Recipients may begin their awards as early as May 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Within the parameters listed below (see the next several headings), individual researchers, teachers, and scholars, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not, are eligible to apply. Applicants holding tenured or tenure-track positions at institutions of higher education must, however, be nominated by their institutions.

Organizations are not eligible to apply for Summer Stipends.

Formal education: All applicants must have completed their formal education by the application deadline. While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral may apply, but such applicants must include as an attachment to the application a letter from the dean of the conferring school, attesting to the applicant’s status as of September 25, 2019.

Citizenship: United States citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline are also eligible.

For information about faculty nomination guidelines and further eligibility requirements, see:

For a list of ineligible uses of funds, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for NEH Summer Stipends must be received and validated by by September 25, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

All applications to this program must be submitted via Applicants to the Summer Stipends program must register with independently of their institution’s apparatus for submitting applications to Applicants may enlist support from their institution’s authorized representatives in preparing an application for submission through, but applicants must use their own registration to submit the application, not the institution’s username and password.

NEH strongly recommends that you complete or verify your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline, since it takes time to process your registration. If you are registering with for the first time as an individual applicant, go to

Please be certain to use a individual account to submit your application. The system will not allow you to submit a Summer Stipends application through an institutional account.


- Before the September 25, 2019 deadline: Contact Division of Research program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
- September 11, 2019: Register or verify your registration with by this date
- September 25, 2019: Application must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on this date
- October 4, 2019: NEH requests reference letters and confirmations of nomination
- October 17, 2019: Reference letters and confirmations of nomination are due on this date
- November 2019: Peer review panels take place
- March 2020: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
- March 2020: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- April 2020: Applicants receive offer documents from the NEH Office of Grant Management by e-mail
- No later than April 30, 2020: Successful applicants must submit the Summer Stipends Acceptance Form.
- May 1, 2020: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date

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