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Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Division of Education Programs

Receipt Deadline June 19, 2019 for Projects Beginning January 2020

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

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NEH Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities help strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.

Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from areas of study in the humanities such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.

NEH Humanities Initiatives may

  • develop or substantially enhance bridge programs for first-year, first-generation, at-risk, and/or nontraditional students;
  • create or revise courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, and/or practical composition courses designed to help students write better;
  • support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to honors programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, and capstone courses) and enhance existing ones;
  • infuse humanities learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, science, technology, and nursing and medicine);
  • create or improve humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions;
  • create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
  • help institutions create or enhance humanities resources for teaching, such as oral histories and historical or literary collections (projects incorporating podcasts, mapping tools, and other digital components are especially encouraged); and
  • support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities program received an average of 21 applications per year. The program made an average of three awards per year, for a funding ratio of 14 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from year to year, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from hi[at]neh[dot]gov.

Questions?

Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8471 and hi[at]neh[dot]gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.