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Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Division of Education Programs

Receipt Deadline June 23, 2016 for Projects Beginning January 2017

Updated guidelines will be posted at least two months in advance of the deadline listed above.

In the meantime, please use the guidelines for the previous deadline, to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Brief Summary

NEH Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones.

NEH Humanities Initiatives may

  • create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
  • support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses), and enhance existing ones;
  • support humanities contributions to professional training (in such fields as business, law, economics, technology, and nursing and medicine);
  • develop bridge programs for at-risk and nontraditional students;
  • help institutions take advantage of humanities resources, especially in the digital humanities; and
  • support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society.

Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes.

What's New for 2015

Prospective applicants are now encouraged to submit to program staff an optional preliminary sketch of their proposals (deadline, April 12, 2015). You can find the form for the preliminary sketch (in MS Word) under Program Resources in the sidebar at the right. NEH staff will also continue to provide feedback on partial or full application drafts (deadline, May 14, 2015). Both opportunities for receiving feedback are optional.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Humanities Initiatives at Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment program (which is now the Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions program) received an average of 34 applications per year. The program made an average of five awards per year, for a funding ratio of 15 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from


Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8471 and Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1‑866‑372‑2930.