Purpose of the grant: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for its Summer Stipends program. The Summer Stipends program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project at any stage of development for a period of two consecutive months. This program requires all applicants to be nominated by an official on their campus.
Because of the restricted number of submissions allowed, Washington University conducts an internal competition to select the university’s two nominees. The Center for the Humanities coordinates the internal competition for Washington University.
Grant amount: NEH - $6,000 awarded directly to the individual
- Provided that sufficient funds are available, nominees from Arts & Sciences who are successful in the NEH competition will also receive an FRG supplement up to $3,000.
- If a nominee is not successful, an FRG in the amount of up to $7,000 will be awarded.
Internal application deadline: September 08, 2017 at 12 pm.
Internal nomination notification: By September 15, 2017 - The two selected applicants will then work with the humanities center to finalize their applications in advance of the NEH’s September 27, 2017, submission deadline.
Grant period: Support is for continuous full-time work for a period of two months during the summer.
Eligibility: A nominee must be a faculty member teaching full-time and a United States citizen or foreign national who has been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least three years prior to the application deadline.
Faculty who have held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are eligible. Everything else being equal, however, the program will give preference to applicants who have not received such support. A “major fellowship or research grant” is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from an individual’s own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships. Any fellowships or research grants, including the amount of each award or grant received within the three years prior to the deadline, must be indicated on your resume. Failure to do so may result in application disqualification.
A complete set of the NEH guidelines is available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends.
Internal application requirements: Submit your internal application as a single pdf to: firstname.lastname@example.org using the following naming convention for your application pdf: Last name First name NEH SS Internal.
Internal applications must include:
1. Completed and signed Application Cover Sheet (see link below)
2. Completed Budget Sheet – for WU use only (included in link below)
3. Short CV (2-page maximum)
4. Narrative: No more than three single-spaced pages using a font size no smaller than 11 point.
o Within the narrative, applicants should provide an intellectual justification for their projects, conveying the ideas,
objectives, methods and work plan. A simple need or intent is insufficient. The narrative should not assume
specialized knowledge and should be free of technical terms and jargon.
It should include the following sections:
- Research and contribution: Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project. Provide an
overview of the project and explain the basic ideas, problems or questions examined by the study. Explain how
the project will complement, challenge or expand relevant studies in the field.
- Methods and work plan: Describe your method(s) and clarify the part or stage of the project that will be
supported by the award(s). Provide a work plan, describing what you will accomplish during the award period.
For a book project, explain how the final project will be organized.
- Final product and dissemination: Describe the intended audience and the intended results of the project.
If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject
matter and audience.
Internal application download: (link to application form)
Internal evaluation criteria: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee convened by the Center for the Humanities and ranked according to:
1. The potential to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.
Stronger applicants to the Washington University internal competition will have carefully reviewed the NEH Summer Stipend Guidelines and prepared their materials in answer to these guidelines.
Full submission to NEH: Although humanities center staff is available to assist, individuals are responsible for the final submission to NEH through the Grants.gov system in accordance with the NEH’s deadline of 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.
Note: NEH recommends registering with Grants.gov at least two weeks before the NEH application deadline. In addition, the NEH strongly suggests submitting your application no later than 5 pm eastern time on the day of the deadline to allow sufficient time should you encounter a technical issue with the Grants.gov site.