Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
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This program supports individual faculty or staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Awards are designed to be flexible, allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative arrangements that best fit their projects.
Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research. Eligible projects include pursuing research in primary and secondary materials and producing articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources; conducting basic research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course; or conducting basic research related to the goals and interests of the institution or community.
Common to all applications—regardless of their outcome—must be humanities research supporting the goals of the project.
NEH has increased the Awards for Faculty monthly stipend from $4,200 to $5,000. As a result, the minimum award is now $10,000 (for two months of full-time work or the equivalent—for example, four months of half-time work). The maximum award is now $60,000 (for twelve months of full-time work or the equivalent—for example, twenty-four months of half-time work).
As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a grants.gov account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for an account, make sure the account is 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.
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Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines 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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