NEH Summer Stipends 2018

NEH has announced the 2017 competition for Summer Stipends for the summer of 2018. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project.

Summer Stipends support individual scholars (not teams) pursuing advanced research of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project (at any stage of development) for a period of 2 consecutive months.

This is a limited submission opportunity, for which UM may select only two nominees. Josh Gladden, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi,, is the UM Nominating Official for this year’s competition. Full-time faculty members who would like to be considered for these slots should prepare a pre-proposal and submit it to the ORSP by the date indicated below. Pre-proposals will be evaluated in keeping with the ORSP Standard Procedure on Limited Submissions (, and UM’s two nominees will be chosen from among the pre-proposals received.

Amount and Duration: An outright grant of $6,000, payable directly by NEH to the awardee, for 2 consecutive months of full-time research and writing.


UM full time faculty members who have completed their formal academic training are eligible to be nominated by UM for Summer Stipends. Applicants should be U.S. citizens, native residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been legal residents in the U.S. jurisdictions for at least the 3 years immediately preceding the app. deadline.


Aug 11, 5PM Central Time   Pre-proposals uploaded to
Aug 11 – Aug 25                     Internal review process conducted
Aug 30                                    UM selections completed; Nominees announced
Sep 1 – Sep 21                       Selected nominees improve and finalize full proposals
Sep 7                                      Date registration should be complete
Sep 21                                    Due date for proposals to ORSP to review (optional)
Sep 27, 10:59 p.m. Central   Proposals due to NEH; Nominees submit via
Oct 19                                     Letters of rec. & confirmation of nomination to NEH


March-April                           NEH Selections announced

May                                         Projects to begin

Instructions for UM Pre-Proposals


To be considered for one of the two institutional submission slots, prospective nominees should upload a pre-proposal to the ORSP InfoReady Review Portal

The pre-proposal must consist of:

·      The 3-page project narrative, exactly following the requirements outlined in the NEH program guidelines; narratives not meeting all of the guidelines (including formatting, sections, length, font, etc.) may not be considered. Guidelines may be downloaded from

·      The two-page Supplemental Information for Individuals form, which may be downloaded from
including the Field of Project, Project Director Field of Study, Status (Senior or Junior Scholar), and the names, e-mail addresses, and affiliations for your proposed letter-of-recommendation writers.

·      The bibliography (one page or less).

·      A resume (two pages or less), in the format described in the instructions.


For the pre-proposal, do NOT submit:

·      An appendix

·      Letters of Recommendation


Final proposals from selected nominees will be submitted by the individual nominee via in accordance with NEH recommendations. Projects will begin in May 2018.



Questions about NEH guidelines and the online submission process should be directed to the ORSP Program Development Specialist (Lesha Agnew or Ken Sleeper) assigned to the faculty member’s home department. For questions about what makes a competitive proposal, or about how the internal competition will work, or if you don’t remember who your ORSP PDS is, please contact Jason Hale or Mickey McLaurin. See also the NEH Frequently Asked Question page for this program:

General Information

NEH Summer Stipend grants provide individuals with an opportunity to pursue research in the humanities that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public's understanding of the humanities. Projects should be completed during the tenure of an award or represent part of a long-term endeavor. Summer Stipend recipients may hold other research grants for the same project during the tenure of their awards, but must work full-time on their projects during the 2 months of their tenure. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during summer months, but arrangements can be made for holding tenure at other times of the year.

What are the humanities?

According to the 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, “The term ‘humanities‘ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”


Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Summer Stipends program received an average of 892 applications per year. The program made an average of 81 awards per year, for a funding ratio of 9 percent.


CFDA Number: 45.160


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