NEH SUMMER STIPEND AWARDS 2013
Internal Limited-Submission Deadline: Monday, August 27, 2012 by 5:00 p.m.
APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED FOR THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES SUMMER STIPEND PROGRAM FOR SUMMER 2013. Successful applicants receive an outright award of $6,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months, and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. (NEH Summer Stipends do not require cost sharing.)
Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars; organizations are not eligible to apply. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. The NEH welcomes projects that respond to its Bridging Cultures initiative; see its website for a description of this initiative and its goals. (Please review the NEH Summer Stipend guidelines for examples of projects that are not supported by the NEH.) Those guidelines, along with FAQs and application materials can be found at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends.
As a taxpayer-supported federal agency, the NEH endeavors to make the products of its awards available to the broadest possible audience. The goal is for scholars, educators, students, and the American public to have ready and easy access to a wide range of NEH grant products. For the Summer Stipends program, such projects may include digital resources, websites, and the like. For projects that lead to the development of websites, all other considerations being equal, the NEH gives preference to those that provide free access to the public. Details about access and dissemination matters can be found in the application guideline pdf, available at: http://www.neh.gov/files/grants/summer-stipends-sep-27-2012.pdf
Full-time faculty applicants must be nominated to the NEH by their home institutions, and only two nominations (at any rank) may be made to the NEH by each university. Do not submit an application directly to the NEH.
Internal Application Procedure:
One digital copy of the application, consisting of:
- a project narrative (prepared according to the NEH guidelines) and not to exceed three single-spaced pages;
- a 1-page bibliography; and
- a CV of no more than two single-spaced pages,
must be submitted to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 27, 2012. Send all materials as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. IPRH will review the submissions—with a review panel made up of members of the IPRH Advisory Committee—and make the nominations in early September 2012. N.B.: While letters of recommendation are not required for the internal campus competition, they are part of the NEH application. As the turnaround time for submission to NEH after the campus selection process is complete is quite brief, IPRH recommends that applicants apprise their referees of their intent to submit an application to the NEH prior to the campus deadline.
NEH Application Logistics:
Following their selection, U of I nominees must submit their complete applications to the NEH using Grants.gov. Campus nominees who have never registered as individual applicants on Grants.gov will need to go to https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/IndCPRegister and enter this “Funding Opportunity Number”: 20120927-FT. NEH recommends completing the registration at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Applications are due to the NEH by September 27, 2012. Nominees will also need to download the Grants.gov application package and ensure that all appropriate application forms contained therein are completed and uploaded to Grants.gov as part of their application. Awards will be announced by the NEH in early spring 2013, with project tenure to begin as early as May 2013.
Who is eligible? All applicants must have completed their formal education by the application deadline. U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least three years immediately prior to the application deadline are also eligible. Adjunct faculty members, academic professionals, and unaffiliated scholars may apply directly to the NEH; please consult the NEH site for details. Applicants who have satisfied all requirements for a degree but are awaiting its conferral may apply, but require additional documentation; see the NEH site for details. Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the last three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. (A “major fellowship or research grant” is a post-doctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from the individual’s own institution, and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer, are not considered major fellowships.)
Information can be found at the NEH site: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends. Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section for a detailed discussion of the awards and the application process. To see previously funded projects, click on the Sample Application Narratives (available as pdfs).
Help from NEH:
Because of the large number of applications, NEH staff members are not able to comment on draft proposals. NEH staff will, however, answer questions about preparing your proposal and about your eligibility. Staff members may be reached at (202) 606-8200 and at email@example.com. Applicants are encouraged to review the samples of previously funded applications, as well as the broader list of projects. U of I faculty members who are planning to submit an application are encouraged to contact Associate Director Nancy Castro to discuss the details of the application process.
Completed applications are due to IPRH no later than Monday, August 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Send all materials as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants will be contacted no later than Friday, September 14; applicants who are chosen as nominees must submit their materials to the NEH by September 27.
For more information about the NEH Summer Stipends, please contact Nancy Castro at email@example.com or 244-7913.