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Portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams

The Founding Fathers in a Digital Age

The papers of the Founding Fathers - personal letters, private diaries, even financial records - reveal the humanity beyond the statues, portraits, and memorials.

A native fisherman in the river, with mountains in the distance.

Two Americans in Paradise: Henry Adams and John La Farge on the Island of Tahiti

Four months before Gauguin arrived in 1891, two Americans sought to explore the “real” Tahiti, to experience its landscape and understand its history. One was a wealthy intellectual, the other a painter.

David Livingstone, by Frederick Havill

The Lost Diary of David Livingstone

PBS documentary reveals the fruits of NEH-supported digitization and research

Thomas A. Edison, 1884, New York Public Library

Heartbreak at Menlo Park

The examination of the iconic inventor’s documents reveal both scientific and personal developments.

Unidos: Charlas de libros para niños y padres, program participants.

The Latino Experience

NEH-supported projects on Latino history, culture, and language.

the white dome of St. Peter's Basilica

The Horoscope of St. Peter’s

Artists, patrons, theologians, philosophers, and scientists of the Italian Renaissance engaged with theories of the heavens, sharing a common belief in the power of planetary forces.

Raphael, Pope Leo I Repulsing Attila the Hun, 1514, Vatican Palace

Giuseppe Verdi’s Attila and Italy in the 1840s

Attila sacked the Roman Empire city of Aquileia in 452 using an army of ruthless Huns and military cunning and cruelty; he invaded Italy again in 1846—this time through the pen of Giuseppe Verdi—using bel canto arias, dramatic choruses, and stunning scenery.

A medieval illustration of a musician and five costumed actors.

How Shakespeare Learned to be Shakespeare

Collecting early English plays and performance records helps us understand Shakespeare’s professional background.

A terraced agricultural field in China, seen from a neighboring hillside.

China: Its Environment and History

China’s recorded history extends back thousands of years, affording us an uncommonly long view of the relationship between humans and their natural environment.

Jefferson's sketch of the new capital district, March 1791, Library of Congress

Building America from Scratch

In a letter, Thomas Jefferson declared that the United States is an experiment “to shew whether man can be trusted with self-government.” Jefferson’s deeds followed his lofty words. During the summer of 1802, amid the possibility of war against the Barbary Coast and uncertainty about Napoleon’s intentions in New Orleans, Jefferson devoted himself to the construction of the national capital.


Research Division Evaluates the Impact of its Fellowships Program

In academic circles, it’s common to hear it said that a professor “got an NEH.”  What is meant by this shorthand is that a faculty member was awarded an NEH Fellowship. 

Posted: March 25, 2015

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

The Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) program makes grants in support of fellowship programs for scholars administered by one of two groups: independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; and American overseas research centers and other organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures.

Posted: March 25, 2015

Summer Stipends Awards 2015

The NEH Summer Stipends program provides awards for individuals to pursue scholarly work in the humanities during the summer.

Posted: December 9, 2014

Awards for Faculty 2014

Awards for Faculty grantees

Posted: December 9, 2014

Japan Fellowships 2014

The Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan is a joint activity of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: December 9, 2014

Fellowships 2014

Fellowships awarded in the 2014 competition.

Posted: July 29, 2014

Collaborative Research 2014

Collaborative Research awards for the 2014 competition.

Posted: July 29, 2014

Scholarly Editions and Translations 2014

Scholarly Editions and Translation grants for the 2014 competition.

Posted: January 15, 2015

Regional Workshops: Winter/Spring 2015

NEH Grant Application Workshops are intended for anyone interested in learning about NEH funding opportunities and application strategies.  Workshops listed here are conducted by Program Officers from the Division of Research.

Posted: December 19, 2014

NEH at the AHA 2015 conference

NEH offerings at the 2015 AHA conference.

Posted: July 10, 2014

NEH at the 2014 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting

Several NEH staff members from across the Endowment’s offices and divisions will be attending the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Washington, DC, from August 27th through August 31st.

Posted: January 23, 2014

Grant Application Regional Workshops: Winter/Spring 2014

Workshops are intended for anyone interested in learning about NEH funding opportunities and application strategies. This list is updated as information is confirmed: check back often!

Posted: September 11, 2013

NEH Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA

Dan Sack will lead a workshop at UC Santa Cruz on September 24, 2013.

Posted: September 3, 2013

NEH Workshop in Wellesley, MA

On Thursday, September 26th, Wellesley College will welcome Senior Program Officer Mark Silver, who will conduct a workshop on applying for NEH grants. Anyone interested in learning about NEH funding opportunities and application strategies is welcome to attend this event.

Posted: August 30, 2013

NEH Workshop in Berkeley, CA

Daniel Sack, Senior Program Officer will provide an overview of NEH programs and initiatives, offer strategies for application writing, and facilitate a mock peer review panel session in Berkeley, CA, at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Posted: November 6, 2013

Verdi Uncensored

portrait of Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi faced censorship from a number of authorities during his long career. He was forced to change many of his libretti because of the politics of the day.

Montpelier video thumb

A four-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities is supporting the archaeological excavation of slave quarters at James Madison's Montpelier.