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NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Fellowships to USA Scholars for Humanities Research
Projects Intended for Digital Publication

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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04/22/20 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Fellowships to USA scholars to carry out advanced humanities research. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to support the preparation of digital projects. Scholars from all humanities-related disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Through NEH - Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

NEH - Mellon Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research and prepare digital publications. Successful projects will likely incorporate images, video, 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. Anticipated products must be published in digital form and include, but are not limited to, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, websites, virtual exhibitions, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related subfields of the social sciences, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

NEH is especially interested in supporting projects that advance humanities-related work in the following areas. “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Commemorating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary. For more information, see:

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Number of Grants:

Up to 8 grants

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Applicants may request a period of performance of no less than six and up to twelve months at a stipend of $5,000 per month. The minimum stipend is $30,000 for six months and the maximum stipend is $60,000 for twelve months.

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 6 - 12 months, starting as early as January 1, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NEH - Mellon Fellowships program accepts applications from individuals who meet the following requirements.

U.S. 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 prior to the application deadline are also eligible. Foreign nationals who take up permanent residence outside the United States any time between the application deadline and the end of the period of performance will forfeit their eligibility to hold an award. (Leaving the U.S. on a temporary basis is permitted.)

Currently enrolled students
While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degreegranting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral are eligible for NEH Fellowships; but such applicants must include a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status as of the deadline in Attachment 5: Degree Conferral.

Other restrictions:

• Applicants may not submit multiple applications under this announcement.
• Applicants may not hold two or more NEH individual awards with overlapping periods of performance (for example, an NEH - Mellon Fellowship and a Public Scholars award, or an NEH - Mellon Fellowship and a Summer Stipend).
• Applicants may not accept or hold two NEH individual awards in the same fiscal year (for example, if you apply to the Summer Stipends program and subsequently accept an NEH - Mellon Fellowship award, your application to the Summer Stipends program will be automatically withdrawn).
• Applicants may not work on a project supported by an NEH institutional award as either a project director or participant during the period of performance of an NEH individual award that is held full time.
• If an application is submitted more than once prior to the application due date (including submitting to the wrong funding opportunity number or making corrections/updates), NEH will accept your last validated online submission, under the correct funding opportunity number, prior to the application due date as the final and only acceptable application.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Due Dates: April 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Anticipated Announcement: December 2020

Applicants may submit a draft narrative (up to four pages) and appendices for staff review. Drafts should be submitted by email; put “NEH - Mellon Draft Narrative” in the subject line of the message. Draft narratives must be submitted no later than March 11, 2020.

Letters of reference must be submitted online not later than May 15, 2020.

All applicants to this program must submit their applications via Workspace. If you are registering with for the first time, go to

NEH strongly recommends that you complete your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline. If you fail to allow sufficient time to complete registration with, you will not be given a deadline extension or waiver of the online submission requirement.

The webinar NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication 2020: What’s New and Application Tips was held on February 26, 2020. The recording will remain on the NEH website through the application deadline. You may view a recording of the session by registering at this link:

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the site above.

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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
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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