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Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Awards to USA Faculty and Staff Affiliated
with Eligible IHEs for Humanities Research Projects

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

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04/08/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Awards of up to $60,000 to USA faculty and staff affiliated with Eligible IHEs for humanities research projects. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations prior to applying. This program supports humanities research. Expected output includes books, articles, digital material and publications, archaeological reports, translation, editions, other scholarly resources, basic research leading to improvement of existing course, and basic research related to the goals and interests of the institution or community. The NEH Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members.

The eligible IHEs are in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carlina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.

The purpose of this program is to strengthen the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences.

This program offers applicants flexibility in project types and award periods.  Common to all projects must be humanities research.  Eligible projects include:

  • Humanities research in primary and secondary materials leading to the development of books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, critical editions, or other scholarly resources
  • Humanities research related to institutional or community goals or interests, such as projects that draw on institutional or community archival collections, or the development of materials in support of culture or language preservation and revitalization
  • Humanities research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course, including the development of humanities resources (for example, oral histories, identification of previously unavailable primary sources, historical or literary collections)

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
  • Protecting our Cultural Heritage

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The amount of the award is $5,000 per full-time month. Thus, an award to support eight months of half-time work would be $20,000 (equivalent to four months of full-time work at $5,000 per month). The maximum award is $60,000 for the equivalent of twelve full-time months.

Term of Contract:

Project start date: January 1, 2021
Period of performance: Two to twelve months, full-time equivalent


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Within the parameters listed below (see the next several headings), individuals who are fulltime, part-time, adjunct, and retired faculty members and staff members affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as designated by the U.S. Department of Education at the time of application, are eligible to apply. Confirm your institution’s status with the U.S. Department of Education by visiting the Accredited HBCU Listing page below. The eligible IHEs are in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carlina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia.

U.S. citizens who teach at, serve on the staff of, or have retired from an HBCU 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, provided that they teach at, serve on the staff of, or have retired from an HBCU. 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 degree-granting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral are eligible for NEH Awards for Faculty. 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 April 8, 2020 in application attachment 6: Degree conferral.

Applicants may apply to only one of the following programs in a given federal fiscal year:
- Awards for Faculty
- Fellowships
- NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publications
- Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Applicants to one of the above programs may, however, compete concurrently in the following programs for individuals in a given year:
- Public Scholars
- Summer Stipends
- NEH and National Science Foundation Fellowship Program for Documenting-Endangered Languages (DEL)
- NEH-funded Fellowships at Independent Research Institutions

Applicants may not apply for funding for a project previously supported by an NEH Fellowship, an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication, a Public Scholars award, or an Award for Faculty. Applicants may, however, apply for funding for a project previously supported by a two-month NEH Summer Stipend.

You may not hold two or more NEH individual awards (for example, an Award for Faculty and a Summer Stipend) with overlapping periods of performance, and you may not accept or hold two NEH individual awards in the same fiscal year

NEH does not make awards to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a pre-application webinar:

Monday, January 27, 2020
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM EST
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Pre-Application Information:

- Application available January 2, 2020
- Optional Draft due February 12, 2020
- Application due April 8, 2020 at 11:59 PM Easter Time
- Expected notification date December 31, 2020

Applicants may submit a draft narrative for staff review. Draft narratives must be submitted no later than February 12, 2020.

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If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.

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USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA)

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