The NEH Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication by supporting the work of individual scholars doing research or writing. Anyone can apply, as long as they are not a degree candidate at time of application. The award amount is $6,000, and the application deadline is September 21, 2022. You can find information on the program at https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends
Please share this information with your faculty, especially with junior faculty. Although this is a very competitive program, the relatively short application and the focused time period make it a good way for junior faculty to lay the foundation for future grant applications. We have found that Summer Stipends are an excellent entry point for the NEH and its many awards programs. About forty percent of recent Stipends awardees are first-time applicants.
In a couple of weeks, we will be offering a webinar for administrators and prospective applicants, introducing the program, describing the application and nomination process, and offering application-writing suggestions. There will be a chance to ask questions, captions will be available, and the webinar will be recorded so others can watch it later.
Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM (Eastern time)
To join the webinar, click on this link.
As you may know, this program requires tenured or tenure-track applicants to be nominated by an official on their campus, and institutions can nominate up to two people. We ask that each institution designate one person—usually an academic vice-president or dean—to coordinate the nomination process for its faculty. (In addition to faculty at Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHIs), Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs), non-tenure-track faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, retired faculty, community college faculty, and independent scholars are exempt from nomination).
Each institution creates their own nomination process. A few years ago, we surveyed nominating officials about their practice. Almost three-quarters of respondents told us that potential nominees are reviewed by a standing or ad hoc committee, made up of faculty or administrators, often drawing on previous grantees or panelists. Those committees usually used the program criteria—found in the application guidelines—to choose the strongest applications. Most encouraged previously unsuccessful applicants to resubmit. Nominating officials told us that this on-campus review encourages cross-department collaboration, makes faculty more aware of outside funding opportunities, provides feedback to colleagues about their work, and gives faculty experience in reading and evaluating grant applications.
All applicants must submit their own applications through grants.gov. Nominated applicants must include in their applications the name and email address of the appropriate nominating official. After the September 21 deadline, each nominating official will receive an email directly from NEH asking for verification of the selected applicants. This verification must be received by October 14, 2022.
If applicants have questions, we encourage them to contact a member of the Summer Stipends program staff, at email@example.com or 202-606-8200.
Program Officer, Division of Research Programs
For additional information or guidance, please contact:
SUNY New Paltz
The Office of Sponsored Programs
Secretary for O.S.P. & H.R.E.B.