About the Office of Challenge Grants

The Office of Challenge Grants offers grants that “challenge” local, state, and national institutions to respond to opportunities that exist in this country’s humanities ecosystem. 

The Next Generation Humanities PhD program assists universities and graduate programs in devising new models of doctoral education to transform the understanding of what it means to be a humanities scholar and to promote the integration of the humanities with the public sphere.

Humanities Access Grants funds capacity-building for humanities programs that benefit youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.

Creating Humanities Communities supports partnerships and collaborations between multiple institutions to seed grassroots humanities infrastructure in incentive states.

These new programs replace the legacy “one-size-fits-all” challenge grant offering.