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Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline April 10, 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

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.

What's New for 2018

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 equivalentfor example, four months of half-time work). The maximum award is now $60,000 (for twelve months of full-time work or the equivalentfor example, twenty-four months of half-time work).

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the three Awards for Faculty programs received an average of 121 applications per year. The programs made an average of ten awards per year, for a funding ratio of 8 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 FacultyAwards[at]neh[dot]gov.


Contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 or FacultyAwards[at]neh[dot]gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.