Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material and Publications;
Archaeological Report;
Other Scholarly Resource;
Basic research leading to improvement of existing course;
Basic research related to goals and interests of the institution or community

Period of performance

Two to twelve months

Application available

Optional Draft due

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

The NEH Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences.

 The program offers applicants flexibility in project types and award periods. Common to all projects must be humanities research. Eligible projects include 

  • humanities research in primary and secondary materials leading to the development of books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, critical editions, or other scholarly resources;
  • humanities research related to institutional or community goals or interests, such as projects that draw on institutional or community archival collections; and
  • humanities research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course, including the development of humanities resources (for example, oral histories, identification of previously unavailable primary sources, historical or literary collections).

    What’s New for 2019

    Applicants may apply to only one of the following research programs for individuals in a given year:

    Fellowships, or

    NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publications, or

    Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan, or

    Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or

    Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or

    Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities.

    Awards for Faculty Webinar

    The Awards for Faculty program offered a Q&A based webinar about the program on March 14, 2019. You will need to register to view an archive of the webinar.

Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a 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. 

Download Application Materials

Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities guidelines (PDF)

Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities guidelines (DOC)

Application Package for Awards for Faculty Programs

Program Resources

Awards for Faculty Frequently Asked Questions, 2019 (PDF)

Awards for Faculty Sample Projects, 2019 (PDF)

List of recent Awards for Faculty

Sample Application Narratives

Sample Application, The Abolitionist Movement's Involvement in American Politics, 1750-1865 (PDF)

Sample Application, Archaeology and the Making of Modern Mexico, 1877-1910

Sample Application, The Discourse of Sovereignty in American Indian Print Culture (PDF)

Sample Application, A History of Prison Architecture and Punishment in Colonial Senegal

Sample Application, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the U.S. South (PDF)

Sample Application, The Mind of Eighteenth-Century British Writer Charlotte Lennox

Sample Application, Northern Cheyenne Ledger-Art Notebooks (PDF)

Sample Application, Pre-Columbian Art of the Western and Northern Frontiers of Mesoamerica (PDF)

Sample Application, Post-Reconstruction African American Literature (PDF)

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Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines and in the instructions. 

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Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the three Awards for Faculty programs received an average of
per year
This grant has a
Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
per year