Promotion of the Humanities_Fellowships and Stipends

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
National Foundation on Arts and the Humanities
CFDA #: 45.160

Purpose of this program:

Fellowships and Summer Stipends provide support for scholars to undertake full-time independent research and writing in the humanities. Grants are available for 6 to 12-month fellowships and 2 months of summer study. Faculty Research Awards strengthen research and teaching at Historically Black, Hispanic Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Fellowships and Summer Stipends: Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's nderstanding of the humanities. The proposed study or research may be completed during the grant period or it may be part of a longer project. Faculty Research Awards assist full-time faculty members as they engage in advanced research in the humanities. These awards are restricted to Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, as designated by the White House offices charged with the implementation of Executive Orders 12876, 13230, 13021, and to faculty members at these institutions. Applications for planning institutional curricula, for educational research projects, for the creation or performance of works of art,and for studies that lack humanities content or methodology are not eligible.

Who is eligible to apply...

All applicants must be U.S. citizens, native residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been legal residents in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Fellowships: Faculty members at colleges and universities, individuals affiliated with other institutions, independent scholars, and others who work in the humanities are eligible. Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but they must have completed their formal academic training. Active candidates for degrees and persons seeking support for work leading to degrees are not eligible. Summer Stipends: University and college faculty members must be nominated by their academic institutions. Faculty members with terminating appointments, independent scholars, and nonfaculty college and university staff members are exempt from nomination and may apply directly. Faculty Research Awards are offered to full-time faculty members at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, as designated by the White House offices charged with the implementation of Executive Orders 12876, 13230, 13021.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

Fellowships and Stipends application materials are available online at and from the headquarters office. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. For Faculty Research Awards: NEH application instructions are available online ( or upon request to the Research division. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Applications are reviewed by panels of scholars and other appropriate individuals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after advice from the National Council on the Humanities.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


Fellowships: Annual receipt deadline of May 1, for projects beginning after January 1 of the following year. Summer Stipends: annual receipt deadline of October 1, for projects beginning after May 1 of the following year. Faculty Research Awards: May 1.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Five to seven months.

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


None, but applicant may reapply.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).



Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Fellowships and Stipends: College and university faculty and staff, individuals affiliated with institutions other than colleges and universities, and scholars and writers working independently. Faculty Research Awards: faculty members at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Fellowships: An award up to $40,000 for a grant period of from 9 to 12 months; an award of $24,000 for a grant period of 6 to 8 months. Summer Stipends: All awards are $5,000 for a grant period of 8 weeks. Faculty Research Awards will range up to $40,000; Average: $34,105.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 03 $7,543,000; FY 04 $8,144,000; and FY 05 est $8,150,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

(1) Fellowships for University Teachers: Patronage and Printing in Early Renaissance France; (2)Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars: Social and Political Change on Southwest China's Yunnan Frontier, 1723-1855; (3)Summer Stipends: American Architecture During World War II; (4) Faculty Research Awards: That the Lame Might Walk and the Blind May See: Black Physicians in 20th-Century Virginia.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, 2,060 applications were received and 292 awards were made. In fiscal year 2004, it is estimated that 2,365 applications will be received and 341 awards will be made. In fiscal year 2005, it is estimated that 2,520 applications will be received and 345 awards will be made.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

For Fellowships and Summer Stipends: The significance of the contribution to knowledge in the specific field and to the humanities generally; the quality or promise of quality of the applicant's work; the quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the proposed project; and the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project. Faculty Research Awards: projects will be selected for funding on the basis of the intellectual significance of the project, including its potential contribution to research and teaching in the humanities both at the applicant's home institution and more broadly; the quality or the promise of quality of the applicant's work as a scholar, teacher, and interpreter of the humanities; the conception, definition, organization and description of the proposed project, including, in the case of group projects; the quality of the contributions to be made by each participant and arrangements for coordinating the project as a whole; the feasibility of the work plan; and likelihood of achieving the project's stated goals; and the plans for dissemination of the project's outcome including publications, professional and public presentations, and teaching.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Fellowships are held from 6 to 12 months, with payment in quarterly installments. Summer Stipends are held for 2 consecutive months, with stipends disbursed in one payment. Faculty Research Awards may support activities over 2 years.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements. Source: Program Guidelines. Contact: See Headquarters Office below.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


A final report is required within 90 days after the end of the tenure period describing the results of the work done during the period of the award.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


Subject to audit by Endowment auditors or their representatives.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Not applicable.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Program guidelines and forms are available online at and also upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign).

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office


Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 318, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506. Telephone: (202) 606-8200. Use the same number for FTS.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: