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Independent Research Institutions Receive NEH Grants

Ten awards support humanities fellowships at centers of scholarly research

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 6, 2005)--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced ten grants to independent research institutions for individual and collaborative scholarship in the humanities at research centers, libraries, museums, and American overseas research centers.

"America's humanities research institutions help scholars conduct research and gain access to primary source materials," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "The scholarly work produced at these independent institutions and organizations will deepen the understanding of world history and culture to the ultimate benefit of others who work in the humanities."

The Endowment has a long-term history of support for residential fellowship programs at major U.S. research centers located at home and abroad, as well as fellowships awarded under the auspices of U.S. organizations that facilitate international research. These grants enable the Endowment to expand the access of U.S. scholars to important research materials. For this inter-institutional partnership, the Endowment contributes money for fellowship stipends and for partial costs of publicity and selection. The institutions and organizations provide some, if not all, of the following: access to specialized research collections, administrative support, access to library services, opportunities for intellectual exchange, and, in the case of organizations supporting international research, assistance in securing visas and research permits necessary for carrying out scholarly work overseas.

The following independent research institutions received new grants from NEH:

  • American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, Jordan, received a grant of $64,560 to support one four-month fellowship a year for each of three years to conduct research in archeology, anthropology, Islamic history, art history, or other aspects of Middle Eastern studies.
  • American Councils for International Education, Washington, D.C., received a grant of $192,000 to support the equivalent of two and one-quarter full-year humanities fellowships for each of two years to conduct collaborative research on topics in the Humanities in the regions of Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia.
  • American Philological Association, Philadelphia, Pa., received a grant of $88,500 and an offer of $21,035 in federal matching funds to support one humanities fellowship a year for each of three years so that an American classicist can work with an international team of editors at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in Munich to produce entries for the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL), a historical dictionary that traces the usage of Latin words from the beginning of classical antiquity to approximately 600 C.E.
  • American Research Center in Egypt, affiliated with Emory University's Briarcliff Campus in Atlanta, Ga., received a grant of $172,000 to support two full-year fellowships for each of two years for research in history, Islamic studies, literature, art history, Egyptology, political science, and the humanistic social sciences.
  • American School of Classical Studies at Athens, through its U.S. office in Princeton, N.J., received a grant of $172,000 to support two full-year fellowships for each of two years to conduct research in a wide range of disciplines treating the Greek world from prehistory to the present.
  • Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., received a grant of $378,000 to support three humanities fellowships each year for three years to conduct research in the library's extensive collections of rare books, photographs, reference works, manuscripts, and art.
  • John Carter Brown Library, Providence, R.I., received a grant of $172,000 for two humanities fellowships a year for two years to conduct research in the library's extensive collections of materials on the history of the Americas during the colonial period, from 1492 to approximately 1825.
  • Medici Archive Project, Florence, Italy, received a grant of $240,000 to support two three-year fellowships to conduct research in the Archive of the Medici Grand Dukes of Tuscany, which is housed at the National Archive in Florence.
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill., received a grant of $252,000 to support three residential humanities fellowships a year for two years to conduct research in the Library's collections.
  • W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, received a grant of $66,000 to support one and one-half full-year fellowships for one year of research in ancient Near-Eastern studies.

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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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