NEH Regional Application Writing Workshop

National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Application Writing Workshop

On March 19, NEH Senior Program Officer John D. Cox will conduct a grant-writing workshop at the University of Mississippi. This is one of twelve regional application-writing workshops that the NEH Division of Research Programs will be conducting nation-wide this year. Through these workshops, NEH hopes to raise awareness of funding opportunities in the humanities and to increase the number of quality applications.  The workshop is free both for UM employees and graduate students, as well as to anyone from any other institution or community in Mississippi or surrounding states who wants to learn more about NEH and how to compete for NEH grants.


Following an optional meet-and-greet with complimentary lunch, the workshop will commence at 1pm and be conducted in two 75-minute sessions. The 1st session will include an intro to NEH programs and initiatives, as well as tips and strategies for preparing quality application. The 2nd session will be a “mock panel” aimed at helping to demystify the NEH peer review process.   To get the most out of the sessions, attendees should download and evaluate three sample applications from  MississippiMockPanelSamples.pdf; the rating scale and evaluation criteria are included in the download.


Individual faculty members will be given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Dr. Cox to discuss and strategize about their own proposal ideas. Requests for one-one-one meetings should be made during the registration process. For off-campus visitors, most of these meetings will be scheduled for the morning of the workshop, Thursday March 19. For UM/Oxford faculty/researchers, most meetings will be scheduled for the morning of Friday, March 20. For those who request these meetings, we will follow up with you to schedule a meeting time, and will provide you an opportunity to prepare and submit a one-page abstract of your proposal idea for Dr. Cox to review in advance.


Univerity of Mississippi Employees and Graduate Students Registration Instructions

UM (Oxford campus) faculty and humanities graduate students may register with one-click by choosing "Sign Up" next to the "Writing Better NEH Proposals" listing at (WebID authorization required). To also request a one-on-one meeting with the NEH program officer, UM faculty should also "Sign Up" next to the "15 Minute One-On-One Meeting with NEH Program Officers" lisgting. Off-campus attendees should instead register at. 

Off Campus Visitor Registration Instructions

Off campus visitors should register by completing the following survey:


Thursday, March 19

            Location: The Jackson Avenue Center, 1111 W. Jackson Ave., Oxford, MS

                        11:15 to 12:45 pm      Registration;

                                                               Meet-and-Greet and Complimentary Lunch

                        12:45 pm to 1:00 pm Welcome and Introductions

                        1:00 pm to 2:15 pm   Workshop Session #1: NEH Programs & Initiatives

                        2:15 pm to 2:30 pm   Questions and Comments

                        2:30 pm to 2:45 pm   Break

                        2:45 pm to 4:00 pm   Session #2: Strategies, Peer Review, & Mock Panel

                        4:00 pm to 4:15 pm   Questions and Comments

                        4:15 pm                      Closing Remarks

                        4:30 pm                      Adjourn

            Location: The Jackson Avenue Center (tentative)

                        9:00 – 11:00 am         One-on-One Meetings (Off Campus Visitors)

Friday, March 20

            Location: Lyceum 308

                        9:00 am – noon         One-On-One Meetings


For those visiting overnight, the Hampton Inn Oxford/Conference Center has a block of rooms set aside for this event under the group name "NEH Regional Grant Writing Workshop" ($119/night + tax).  Individual attendees are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. To see more options about where to stay, where to eat, and what to do while you are in Oxford, please visit


Off campus visitors should pickup parking permits at the registration desk upon arrival.


  • From Interstate 55 (Batesville, MS exit), take HWY 6 EAST
  • From HWY 7, take HWY 6 WEST
  • From HWY 6, exit onto MS-6 BUS/ E/Jackson Ave. W.
  • Drive 1.8 miles. The Jackson Avenue Center will be on the left, in the same building as JC Penney and the Oxford Studio Cinema. Address: 1111 West Jackson Avenue


For additional information, contact Christy White at or 662-915-1710. UM humanities faculty members with NEH funding or peer review experience who are willing be considered as candidate mock panelists are also asked to contact Christy.


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