National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs
02/05/20 11:59 PM ET
Grants of up to $60,000 to USA individual authors and scholars for writing nonfiction books that promote a deep understanding of the humanities for a broad readership. Applicants are advised that required online registration may take several weeks. Funding is intended for well-researched, humanities-based books that explore subjects of general interest through a humanities lens.
The program is intended to: a) encourage non-academic writers to deepen their engagement with the humanities by strengthening the research underlying their books; and b) encourage academic writers in the humanities to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers. NEH especially encourages applications to this program from independent writers, researchers, scholars, and journalists.
The program welcomes projects in all areas of the humanities, regardless of geographic or chronological focus. The resulting books might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic.
Books supported by this program must be written in a readily accessible style, must clearly explain specialized terms and concepts, and must frame their topics to have wide appeal. They should also be carefully researched and authoritative, making appropriate use of primary and/or secondary sources and showing appropriate familiarity with relevant existing publications or scholarship. Applications to write books directed primarily to professional scholars are not suitable.
The program supports projects at any stage of development. Applicants may seek support for the creation of digital or web-based products intended to supplement the book that they propose.
Upon completion of their book projects, Public Scholars award recipients are encouraged to serve as ambassadors for the humanities by participating in public events, such as serving as keynote speakers at conferences and offering public lectures at book festivals, library and museum programs, or other events aimed at reaching broad audiences. Additional NEH support for such events may become available.
NEH Areas of Interest:
GrantWatch ID#: 177811
Up to 25
Successful applicants receive a stipend of $5,000 per full-time month. The maximum stipend is $60,000 for a twelve-month period. Awards will be reduced to reflect the smaller time commitment when recipients work part time or for less than twelve months. The minimum award is $30,000, corresponding to six months of full-time work or the equivalent.
The period of performance is six to twelve months, with a start date no earlier than September 1, 2020, and no later than September 1, 2021.
Applicants may not propose a period of performance shorter than the equivalent of six full-time months, and doing so may result in disqualification. Recipients must work at least half-time on their projects during the period of performance. The period of performance may not exceed twelve months, whether full- or part-time. Recipients who work full-time on their projects must forgo other major activities, including teaching. Recipients combining a part-time award with teaching must carry a reduced class load during the period of performance. Applicants should request periods of performance that suit their schedules and the needs of their projects. Requesting a period of performance shorter than twelve months will not improve an applicant’s chance of receiving an award.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
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Washington, DC 20506
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