Fellowships Open Book Program
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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 e-book 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 seven years (or will publish during the period of performance) a book supported by one of the following NEH programs:
- NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
- Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
- Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities
- Summer Stipends
- Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
- Public Scholars
Each e-book 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 2015.
This program utilizes a greatly streamlined application process and there are three proposal deadlines per year: March 15, 2022, July 15, 2022, and November 15, 2022.
New for 2022
- Expansion of the program to include:
- books supported by Summer Stipends (view all Summer Stipends awardees here)
- books published in the last seven years (or forthcoming during the period of performance)
- reissued books and new editions of previously published books
- Revised instructions for co-authored books
Not sure whether an author is an NEH award recipient? View a list of all eligible awards in the NEH's public awards database.
Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.
- Fellowships Open Book Program Notice of Funding Opportunity, 2022
- Fellowships Open Book Grants.gov application package
Sample Application Materials
To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with Grants.gov. If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or Grants.gov, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.
Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions.
You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application.
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