Humanities Connections Implementation Grants

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Open to


Expected output

Linked Courses;
Community Partnerships;
Faculty Development;
Teaching Resources

Period of performance

The grant period is between eighteen and thirty-six months and must start no later than September 2020.

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

The Humanities Connections program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions. Awards 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), in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students.

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 develop 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 pedagogical approaches 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 award 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.

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

Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a SAM number/DUNS number, and for a account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for these items, make sure they are up to date.

Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Download Application Materials

    Humanities Connections Implementation Grants Guidelines (PDF)

    Humanities Connections Implementation Grants Guidelines (DOC) 

    Humanities Connections Application Packages

    Budget Resources

    Budget Form, September 2018 (MS Excel)

    Humanities Connections Implementation Grants Sample Budget, 2018 (PDF)

    Program Resources

    Humanities Connections Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

    List of Humanities Connections funded projects

    DUNS Number Requirement

    Sample Application Narratives

    Situating Chemical Elements in the Human World to Innovate Undergraduate Education

    Teaching Business and Labor History to Art and Design Students

    Revising a Medical and Health Humanities Degree Program

    Living with the Urban Ocean

      Complete your application package

      Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines and in the instructions. 

      Submit your application package on

      You will receive a confirmation from when you've successfully submitted your application. 

      Verify you have received email messages from

      After you submit your application, will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.

      Program Statistics

      This grant has been awarded for
      NEH received
      This grant has an
      funding ratio

      Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program