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Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline August 14, 2014 for Projects Beginning January 2016

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

Grants for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. FPIRI-funded fellowships provide scholars with research time and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them.

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research in foreign countries. Individual scholars must apply directly to the institutions themselves. A list of currently funded institutions is available.

In evaluating applications consideration is given to those with library holdings, archives, special collections, and other resources—either on site or nearby—that are available to fellows.

FPIRI grants provide funding to programs for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months. Fellowship tenure must be fulltime and continuous. FPIRI-funded fellows must be selected by an external committee.

FPIRI grants support fellowship stipends at a rate of $4,200 per month and a portion of the costs of selecting the fellows, up to $9,000. Indirect costs are not allowed in this program.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions program received an average of twelve applications per competition. The program made an average of eight awards per competition, for a funding ratio of 67 percent.

The potential applicant pool for this program is limited, since applications are accepted only from independent research institutions that have preexisting fellowship programs. On the one hand, this results in a small number of applications each year. On the other hand, the quality of the applications tends to be very high, so that most applicants have historically received funding.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely year to year, as can the success 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 Research Programs at 202-606-8200 and Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.