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National Humanities Center

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Receipt Deadline: October 15, 2014

The National Humanities Center is a residential institute for advanced study in history, languages and literature, philosophy, and other fields of the humanities. Each year the Center awards fellowships to scholars of demonstrated achievement and to promising younger scholars. Fellows are expected to work at the Center.

The Center offers 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities during the academic year, September 2015 through May 2016. Applicants must hold the doctorate or have equivalent scholarly credentials. Young scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply, but they must have a record of publication. Recent Ph.D.s should be aware that the Center normally does not support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is also international and gladly accepts applications from scholars outside the United States.

Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research, including environmental studies; English literature; art history; Asian Studies; and theology.

The Center provides travel expenses for Fellows and their dependents to and from North Carolina. Located in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center provides an environment for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Its building includes private studies for Fellows, conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, reading areas, a reference library, and a Fellows’ workroom. The Center’s noted library service delivers books and research materials to Fellows, and support for information technology and editorial assistance are also provided. The Center helps to locate housing for Fellows in the neighboring communities. Application materials and information may be found on the Center’s website.

Host Institutions: National Humanities Center
Location: Research Triangle Park, NC
Point of Contact: Elizabeth C. Mansfield
Phone: (919) 549-0661
Fax: (919) 990-8535
Email: emansfield@nationalhumanitiescenter.org

About NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides grants to independent centers for advanced study and international research organizations to support fellowship programs for humanities scholars through its Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). NEH fellowships provide scholars with stipends, a collegial environment, and access to resources that might not be available at their home institutions.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States, or American overseas research centers or other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. The centers and organizations establish their own peer review procedures for the selection of NEH grant recipients and administer the awards. NEH provides funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.

Amount of Award

Amount of the award will vary by the number and length of the fellowships offered by the host institution.

Eligibility

Centers and organizations applying for these grants may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education and must be independently governed, financed, and administered. In addition, they must have a pre-existing fellowship program maintained with non-NEH funding. Eligibility for NEH fellowships at these research institutions is limited to United States citizens and foreign nationals who have been residents in the United States for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for the grant. NEH research opportunities are intended for persons who have already completed their formal academic training. Consequently, persons seeking support for work in pursuit of a degree are not eligible for NEH fellowships and research grants.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.