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Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division of Education Programs

Receipt Deadline September 18, 2018 for Projects Beginning May 2019

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

The Humanities Connections grant program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Grants will support innovative curricular approaches that foster productive partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and in pre-service or professional programs (such as business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields).

Competitive applications will demonstrate

  • that the proposed curricular projects address significant and compelling topics or issues in undergraduate education at the applicant institution(s);

  • that these projects engage the intellectual skills and habits of mind cultivated by the humanities; and

  • that faculty and students will benefit from meaningful collaborations in teaching and learning across disciplines as a result of the project.

Humanities Connections projects have four core features:

  1. integration of the subject matter, perspectives, and goals of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities);

  2. collaboration between faculty from two or more separate departments or schools at one or more institutions;

  3. experiential learning as an intrinsic part of the curricular plan; and

  4. long-term institutional support for the proposed curriculum innovation(s).

Humanities Connections grants are funded at two levels: Planning and Implementation.

Implementation grants (up to three years) support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more separate departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities), with the implementation of a sustainable curricular program or initiative as the outcome. Implementation grant proposals must show unambiguous evidence of preceding planning work and present a defined rationale with clear intellectual and logistical objectives that are supported by institutional commitment. The grant gives applicants the opportunity to build on faculty/administrative or institutional partnerships and to develop and refine the project’s intellectual content, design, and scope. For example, the applicant should be able to demonstrate potential commitments of any partners or collaborators; outline preferred approaches to curriculum building/consolidation; and explain outreach strategies that will be employed to attract students to the new educational opportunity.   

The outcome of the implementation grant should be a project that has completed its pilot phase.

You can find information about the Humanities Connections Planning Grants program here.

Program Statistics

In its initial competition the Humanities Connections program (which was not yet divided into Planning and Implementation programs) received 189 applications and made eighteen awards, for a funding ratio of 11 percent.


Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8337 or humanitiesconnections[at]neh[dot]gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.