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Humanities Initiatives at Tribal 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 Tribal 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

The Humanities Initiatives programs support projects that focus on humanities education.

The following is a partial list of projects the program may support:

  • bridge programs for freshmen, first-generation college students and their families, nontraditional students, and/or secondary school students;
  • creation or revision of courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, including practical composition courses designed to help students write better;
  • new or enhanced humanities programs, including new humanities majors, minors, or concentrations (for example, in American Indian studies, archaeology, or art history), honors programs, first-year seminars, culturally relevant or place-based curricula, and programs integrating humanities education with tribal and community life;
  • the infusion of humanities learning into professional training in such fields as business, engineering, law, science, technology, and medical fields;
  • creation of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions and graduate programs;
  • opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
  • creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, including collections of tribal documents, oral histories, literature or film; teaching modules or guides on how to use humanities resources in the classroom; or digital resources for distance learning that can be used on- or off-line; and
  • partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high school students; collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K-12 pathways to higher education).

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities program received an average of six applications per year. The program made an average of one award per year, for a funding ratio of 17 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.


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 at 800-877-8399.