Fellowships Open Book Program

Office of Digital Humanities

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,500 (fixed amount)

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Expected output

Digital Material and Publication

Period of performance

Up to 18 months

Application available

Application due

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The Fellowships Open Book Program is a limited competition designed to make outstanding humanities books available to a wide audience. By taking advantage of low-cost “ebook” technology, the program will allow teachers, students, scholars, and the public to read humanities books that can be downloaded or redistributed for no charge. 

This limited competition is open to publishers who have published within the last three years (or will publish during the period of performance) a book whose research was supported by one of the following six NEH fellowship programs Fellowships; Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions; Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and University; Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan; or Public Scholars

Each ebook will be released under a Creative Commons license, making those books free for anyone to download. The book could be a forthcoming title (to be open access upon first release) or it could be a book that was first released at any time during or after calendar year 2018. 

This program utilizes a greatly streamlined application process and there are three proposal deadlines per year: March 15, 2021; July 15, 2021, and November 15, 2021. 

Learn more about previous Fellowship Open Book awards.

New for 2021 

  • A simplified application process that no longer requires publication statistics. 
  • Simplified eligibility criteria that now includes forthcoming books as well as any books published in 2018 or later. 
Review your application package

Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity below to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.

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Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions. 

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