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NEH Announces $7.4 Million in Fellowships to 195 U.S. Scholars

Faculty Research Awards Go to 15 at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Institutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 10, 2005) -- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that it has awarded a total of $7.4 million in fellowships to 195 U.S. scholars for their individual research in the humanities. An additional 15 faculty members at Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities will receive a total of $568,000 in Faculty Research Awards for their individual or collaborative projects. The research efforts of 23 fellows and one Faculty Research Award recipient were designated as We the People projects, a special recognition by the NEH for model projects that advance the study, teaching, and understanding of American history and culture.

"Research in the humanities provides the foundation of scholarship," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "With the Endowment's support, NEH fellows and Faculty Research Award recipients will deepen our understanding of ourselves and our world to benefit scholars, students, and lovers of knowledge for many years to come."

NEH fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. Faculty Research Awards support projects that make similar contributions in the form of publications, presentations, and classroom teaching. Among the NEH fellowships awarded this year are the following:

  • Sheila Dillon, Duke University, for "The Female Portrait in Greek Art and Society";
  • Adeeb Khalid, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., for "The Making of Soviet Central Asia, 1917-1929";
  • James Porter, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for "Homer: The Very Idea"; and
  • Carla Peterson, University of Maryland, College Park, for "Reconstructing African-American Life in 19th-century New York City."

Among this year's Faculty Research Award recipients, Stanley Harrold of South Carolina State University, will conduct research on "Border War: The Long War before the Civil War," and Jeanne Reesman, of the University of Texas, San Antonio, will do research on "Human Documents: The Photography of Jack London."

Full-term (9- to 12-month) NEH fellowships and Faculty Research Awards carry a stipend of $40,000. Recipients may opt for a shorter term (6 to 8 months), which carries a stipend of $24,000. This year's fellows and Faculty Research Award recipients represent 39 states and the District of Columbia. A state-by-state list with names and affiliations of this year's recipients is available in the above box.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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