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Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Division of Education Programs

Receipt Deadline June 22, 2017 for Projects Beginning January 2018

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 Historically Black Colleges and Universities are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities, in subjects such as history, philosophy, literature, religion, and the interpretation of the arts. These grants may be used to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes.

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.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities program received an average of 27 applications per year. The program made an average of three awards per year, for a funding ratio of 11 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 hi@neh.gov.

Questions?

Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8471 and hi@neh.gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via TDD at 1‑866‑372‑2930.