National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Program

NEH has announced the 2014 competition for Summer Stipends for the summer of 2015. This is a limited submission opportunity, for which UM can submit only two applications for full-time faculty members.

UM Internal Process and Deadlines

Proposals will be reviewed and screened by a University committee to determine the nominees to be submitted by the University to the NEH. The selection process will be conducted by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). Questions about the internal review and selection process should be directed to Jason Hale, Director of Research Resources,, 915-3922.

Proposal narratives must be delivered to Jason Hale by the UM internal deadline of 5:00 pm on Monday, July 14, 2014. The narrative text should follow the requirements outlined in the program guidelines; narratives not meeting all of the guidelines (including formatting, sections, length, font, etc.) may not be considered. UPDATE: You must also include the names, e-mail addresses, and affiliations for your proposed to letter-of-recommendation writers, in the Supplemental Information for Individuals Form; this form must be included, along with the narrative document, in your internal competition materials.

Final proposals by selected nominees will be submitted by the UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (not the individual nominee) via in accordance with NEH recommendations. Projects will begin in May 2015. Questions about NEH guidelines and the online submission process should be directed to the Program Development Specialists in the ORSP.


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 United States jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.


The NEH Summer Stipend Program awards an outright grant of $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.

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. Recipients might eventually produce scholarly articles, a monograph on a specialized subject, a book on a broad topic, an archaeological site report, a translation, an edition, a database, or other scholarly tools. Summer Stipend recipients may hold other research grants for the same project during the tenure of their awards, but they must work full-time on their projects during the two months of their tenure. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for holding tenure at other times of the year.

Important Considerations

  1. UM is limited to two nominees to be selected by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
  2. Electronic submission is required — ORSP (not individual applicant) will submit by September 30, 2014, via
  3. The internal UM deadline is 5:00 p.m. on September 1, 2014.


More Information


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.”