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1 NEH Grant Opportunities
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2 Rebecca Boggs Senior Program Officer Division of Education Programs 202/

3 American History World History Economic History Political Science Philosophy Ethics History of Art History of Music Classical Studies Religious Studies Theology English Literature American Literature Foreign Language World Literature History of Science History of Mathematics The Humanities carry the voices of one generation to the next through the records of human civilization are the ideas that shape our world and define our roles as citizens ask big questions

4 Visit our website:

5 Office of Digital Humanities
Education Research Preservation & Access Public Programs Challenge Grants NEH Divisions and Offices

6 What do you want to do with your grant?

7 Bridging Cultures The NEH Bridging Cultures Initiative is designed “to help American citizens gain a deeper understanding of our own rich and varied cultural heritage, as well as the history and culture of other nations.” - NEH Chairman Jim Leach

8 Note: All deadlines listed in this presentation or in other materials distributed at this workshop should be verified against the official current listing well in advance of applying. This listing can be found on the NEH website under “Apply for a Grant”:

9 Humanities Initiatives at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment
NEH Humanities Initiatives may: create opportunities for faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities help faculty members and administrators develop new humanities programs (may include but not limited to: academic writing programs, foreign language programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, capstone courses, or summer bridge programs for at-risk high school students) help institutions take advantage of humanities resources, especially in the digital humanities enhance or develop areas of basic need in an institution’s core humanities programs build ties among faculty at more than one institution of higher learning; among college teachers, secondary school teachers, and students; or among faculty members at institutions of higher learning and colleagues in museums, libraries, or other organizations such as historical and cultural societies

10 Humanities Initiatives at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment
Deadline: June 30, 2011 Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 Duration: 12 to 36 months Division of Education Programs

11 Examples of Humanities Initiatives Grants
Integrating Area Studies and Humanities: Bridging Cultures in an Era of Internationalization California State University, San Bernardino A two-year project to support the linking and integration of programs in three interdisciplinary areas: Asian, Latin American, and Islamic and Arabic studies. Programs in Puerto Rican and Caribbean Art History Center for Advanced Studies on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean A series of public lectures and faculty development seminars in anticipation of the creation of a new master’s program in Puerto Rican and Caribbean art history. Hartford Heritage: History, Literature, and Writing Capital Community College A two-year project for twelve faculty members at Capital Community College to investigate the history, literature, and culture of Hartford, Connecticut, and to reframe the institution’s first-year writing courses as writing-intensive humanities studies.

12 Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment
Awards for Faculty at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment Awards to individual faculty members for: conducting research in primary and secondary materials; producing articles, books, digital materials, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources; or pursuing research to improve an existing undergraduate course or to achieve institutional or community research goals.

13 Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment
Awards for Faculty at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment Deadline: April 14, 2011 Grant Amount: $4,200 per month (or full-time equivalent) — maximum $50,400 (12 months full-time) Duration: 2 to 12 months full-time (4 to 24 half-time) Division of Research Programs

14 Examples of Awards for Faculty at IHHEs
Christina Bueno Northeastern Illinois University The Allure of Antiquity: Archeology and the Making of Modern Mexico,   Ethan Bumas New Jersey City University Colonial Appropriations Barry Levitt Florida International University Laughing at “Lo Politico”: Mass Media Political Humor in Contemporary Latin America Julie Weise California State University, Long Beach Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the U.S. South, 1910–2010

15 Division of Education Programs
Grants to strengthen teaching and learning in the humanities in schools and colleges across the nation

16 NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
Provide opportunities to: Create intensive two-to-five week programs that reach a national audience of college and university faculty or school teachers Engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the humanities Use the academic resources of libraries, museums, and cultural sites Deadline to propose a project for summer 2013: March 2012 (Award amounts vary based on the length and type of project.) Deadline to apply to attend a project in summer 2012: March 2012 (Participants apply directly to individual projects.)

17 Examples of NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers: Mexican Literature and Culture in Context (CSU East Bay; held in Mexico City) Latino Identity in New York (Hunter College) Medieval and Early Modern Islamic Iberia (U. of Virginia; held in Spain) Reading “Don Quixote” (SUNY-Binghamton) Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers: Brazilian Literature and Culture (Ohio State U.; held in Brazil) American Immigration Revisited (American University) Revisioning the Maya World(Community Coll. Humanities Ass’n; held in C. Amer.)


19 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops
Provide opportunities to: Create intensive one-week programs that reach national audiences of school teachers or community college faculty Engage in collegial study of significant texts and topics in the American experience at historic sites Integrate the use of archival sources and material evidence into school curricula Deadline to propose a project for summer 2013: March 2012 (Award amounts vary.) Deadline to apply to attend a project in summer 2012: March 2012 (Participants apply directly to individual projects.)

20 Examples of NEH Landmarks of American History & Culture Workshops
University of New Mexico Contested Homelands: Knowledge, History and Culture of Historic Santa Fe Two one‑week workshops for eighty school teachers on the history of interactions between Native Americans and European settlers in Santa Fe. California State University, Northridge The Spanish and Mexican Influences on California, Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the Spanish and Mexican influence in California, using sites in the Los Angeles area. CUNY: NYC College of Technology (“CityTech”), Brooklyn, NY Along the Shore: Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn’s Industrial Waterfront Two one‑week workshops for fifty community college faculty members on selected Brooklyn waterfront landmarks.


22 Enduring Questions Offer opportunities to:
Design a new course for undergraduate teaching and learning that promotes engagement with fundamental issues in the humanities Focus on an explicitly stated question drawing upon significant readings from a range of historical periods Stimulate inquiry beyond vocational or specialized areas (not limited to those trained in or teaching in humanities disciplines) Engage in deep, sustained programs of reading to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day Deadline: September 15, 2011 Awards up to $25,000, including $15,000 stipend for the project director or project team 22


24 Enduring Questions Sample Grants
Wilbur Wright College (City Colleges of Chicago, IL) Enduring Questions: What Is Freedom? The development of a community college course that examines the question “what is freedom?” through philosophy, psychology, political science, religion and literature. SUNY-Brockport (Brockport, NY) NEH Enduring Questions Course on “What is Forgiveness?” The development of a junior level undergraduate seminar that explores the concept of forgiveness through literature, philosophy, religion, criminal justice, and international relations. Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) NEH Enduring Questions Course on Good and Evil The development of a course that examines the nature of good and evil through the study of philosophy, literature, sociology, psychology, and film.

25 EDSITEment
Peer-evaluated educational websites with outstanding humanities content (including Best-of-the-Web Spanish Language Websites) Organized by humanities fields Includes grade-level K-12 lesson plans developed specially for EDSITEment and other resources for teachers Materials can also be used in undergraduate teaching Includes the Picturing America images and teaching materials




29 Division of Research Programs
Grants to facilitate research and original scholarship

30 Fellowships and Summer Stipends
Grants to support uninterrupted study for 6-12 months $4,200 per month University Teachers, College Teachers, Independent Scholars Deadline: May 3, 2011 Summer Stipends Grants to support uninterrupted study for 2 months ($6,000 total) Two nominees per institution Deadline: September 29, 2011

31 Also from the Division of Research Programs
Collaborative Research Original research requiring the participation of two or more scholars or resources beyond one scholar. Collaborative scholarship, archaeology projects, scholarly conferences, etc. Deadline: December 8, 2011 Scholarly Editions and Translations Preparation by a team of editors of authoritative and annotated texts, documents, and translations of value to humanities scholars and general readers

32 … More from the Division of Research Programs
Fellowships Programs at Independent Research Institutions Fellowships for post-degree scholars Deadline: August 17, 2011 for institutions applying for support of their programs Individual scholars: check listing on NEH website; Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research in Japan Deadline: May 3, 2011

33 Office of Challenge Grants
Grants to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities

Institution building, long-term benefits to humanities Fellowships, research funds, library acquisition funds, computer upgrades and maintenance funds, higher education scholarships, endowments Construction and renovation Acquisitions of equipment, computer hardware and software, bibliographic collection Development and fund-raising costs Deadlines: Regular Challenge Grants, May 4, 2011 Challenge Grant Initiative for Two-Year Colleges, February 2012

NEH Challenge Grants help institutions increase their fund-raising capacity Recipients raise $3 in private funds for each $1 in federal matching funds $2/$1 ratio for HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Two-Year Colleges Recipients must match an NEH challenge grant with nonfederal gifts only

36 Office of Digital Humanities
Funds innovation in the digital humanities

37 Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Small grants designed to spark experiments, innovation, new ideas. Often used for basic, experimental research, that is investigating new methods and techniques of value for humanities scholarship. Can be used to fund small workshops to bring the right people together to address an important technology issue in the Academy (e.g. scholarly communications, open access).

38 Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
A DH summer institute program (but doesn’t have to be in the summer). A great way to share institutional expertise in the digital humanities. Consider attending an institute as a participant or hosting one yourself.


Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship

41 Networks and Network Analysis for the Humanities
INSTITUTES FOR ADVANCED TOPICS IN THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES 2010 Institutes Networks and Network Analysis for the Humanities



44 Division of Preservation and Access
Grants to preserve and provide access to humanities resources

45 Division of Preservation and Access Grants
Grants for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources: Grants to preserve and create access to humanities collections Grants to create research and reference tools such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, historical atlases, databases, and bibliographies Deadline: July 20, 2011

46 More Preservation and Access Grants
Research and development projects Education and training grants National digital newspaper program Preservation assistance grants for smaller institutions Grants to document endangered languages Grants to sustain cultural heritage collections For deadlines, please consult the NEH website

47 Sample Preservation Assistance Grants
Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco, CA Archival supplies and storage furniture to preserve and make accessible for research a collection of 3,400 posters and prints on paper spanning 31 years of printmaking from Mission Grafica and La Raza Graphics. The prints document the social, political, and community history of Latinos in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and California; they were created using a method of silkscreen employed by artists with little formal training or access to more expensive methods of creating art. Mexic‑Arte Museum, Austin, TX The museum’s first preservation assessment, which would include a site visit, report, and one day of staff training. Approximately 90 percent of the permanent collection consists of works on paper of 20th‑century Mexican and Mexican‑American art. National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL The purchase of storage furniture and materials to house the museum’s textile collection, which includes a variety of clothing, accessories, household textiles, headdresses, and processional objects from Mexico. The collection is used in research, exhibitions, and educational programming.

48 Division of Public Programs
Grants to provide opportunities for lifelong learning

49 Division of Public Programs Grants
Projects designed to connect humanities scholarship and the general public Core Programs: Projects in Historical and Cultural Organizations Grants to America’s Media Makers Exhibitions, discussion series, lectures and symposia, site interpretation, television, radio, film, websites For deadlines, please consult the NEH website

50 Sample Public Programs Grants
America’s Media Makers: Development Grants The Latino Americans GWETA, Inc. Washington, DC Development of two one-hour scripts for an eight-part film series to be broadcast nationally, with a companion radio series on National Public Radio and an accompanying website that would examine the history of Latino Americans through the lens of immigration.

51 Sample Public Programs Grants
America’s Historical and Cultural Organizations Planning Grants The Ancient Maya City University of Pennsylvania Planning for a traveling exhibition, a web exhibition, a publication, and programs on the Maya city of Copán. Implementation Grants Coming to California: The Gallery of California History Oakland Museum/Museum of California Foundation Implementation of a permanent exhibition, docent tours, a website, and public programs on the history of California.

52 . . . and don’t forget The NEH Federal-State Partnership State Humanities Councils

53 Application Strategies and Other Information

54 Remember … Outstanding humanities subjects, texts, scholars, and scholarship are at the center of all successful NEH grants

55 Who Can Apply? Who is the applicant?
Individual or institutional grant? Please consult the "Eligibility" section of specific program guidelines for further information.

56 Grants for Individuals
If you are a citizen of the United States or a U.S. territory, or are a foreign national who has lived in the United States or a U.S. territory for at least three years immediately preceding an application, you are eligible to apply for a grant. Examples: Fellowships & Stipends

57 Grants for Institutions
U.S. nonprofit institutions (public agencies or private nonprofit organizations) are eligible for funding; state and local governments are also eligible. Examples: Most NEH grants other than Fellowships & Stipends

58 How do I apply? Step One: Visit the NEH website and READ THE GUIDELINES

59 How do I apply? Step Two: Talk to an NEH program officer. Get samples and/or ask questions Step Three: Talk to your sponsored research office and let them know you plan to apply. If it is an institutional grant, make sure your institution is registered with If it is an individual grant, then you will need to make sure you are registered!

60 How do I apply? Step Four: Draft your application and get someone to read it. If the NEH grant program reads drafts, take advantage of it! Step Five: Submit your application by the deadline and wait…these things take time.

61 The NEH Grant Review Process
Peer Review Panels: Invited scholars and experts review applications and identify exemplary proposals National Council for the Humanities: Review and Recommend Chairman: Funding decisions based on recommendations of panelists, staff, and Council

62 How will my application be evaluated?
Intellectual quality of the project Significant humanities topics and texts Clear and persuasive rationale Quality of the project design Potential for significant results

63 Other Tips Talk with NEH staff prior to sending in a grant application. Write for a general audience – it will be read by people from multiple backgrounds. Whether or not you get the grant, ask the NEH to send you a “why” or “why not” letter that contains verbatim comments by the panelists. Consider serving as a panelist yourself.

64 Thank You! Rebecca Boggs Senior Program Officer
Division of Education Programs 202/

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