Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
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The Awards for Faculty program strengthens the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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 welcomes proposals in all areas of the humanities, regardless of geographic or chronological focus. This program offers applicants flexibility in project outcomes and award periods. Projects must be based on humanities research. Eligible projects include:
- 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
- research related to institutional or community goals or interests, such as projects that draw on archival collections, collection and interpretation of oral histories, or the development of materials in support of culture or language preservation and revitalization
- research leading to the improvement of a single existing undergraduate course, including the development of humanities resources (for example, oral histories, identification and preparation of previously unavailable archival sources, or newly compiled historical or literary collections)
- research leading to digital or web-based products intended to supplement a course revision or publication project
The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full-time, part-time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Awards support individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects. Projects may be at any stage of development.
Watch a webinar about the program and NOFO:
Register to join NEH Staff for live Q&A sessions about the program. Submit questions in advance or bring them to the session:
Live Q&A session, January 25, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
Registration link: https://teams.microsoft.com/registration/WWSwk33HtkSvf-gTzdzcww,3c9X9dCp-EG-h1ajTaxtRA,L82laosWM0asovN0yP-OXg,YB7E1LSjEEK647QXJMMFXw,SP5R9H4FmUaYNw-OSRN5ww,BtB3D3dLr02WGR1_Lqt7lA?mode=read&tenantId=93b06459-c77d-44b6-af7f-e813cddcdcc3&webinarRing=gcc
Live Q&A session, February 27, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Registration link: https://teams.microsoft.com/registration/WWSwk33HtkSvf-gTzdzcww,3c9X9dCp-EG-h1ajTaxtRA,L82laosWM0asovN0yP-OXg,hQZlb2-xfk6H7m-_BoRRRQ,EknzM0snFECu_Oog892vNQ,oSbnUi5670W0UGFrYTK-jg?mode=read&tenantId=93b06459-c77d-44b6-af7f-e813cddcdcc3&webinarRing=gcc
Note about Humanities Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence
This grant program is one of ten NEH programs that are part of NEH’s Humanities Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence initiative, which is encouraging research on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of AI. To learn more about the initiative, please see our page about the AI initiative.
Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and that you are prepared to write the most effective application.
Sample Application Narratives
The narrative samples below are not intended to serve as models, but to give you a sense of how a successful application might be crafted. Note that the format has changed since these applications were submitted. Follow the guidelines in the currently posted Notice of Funding Opportunity to insure that your application is complete and eligible.
Scholarly Resources Projects and Community or Institutional Goals or Interests Projects
Course Revision Projects
When you are ready to apply, register for a Grants.gov account. If you already have registered, make sure the account is current. After registering, you must add an “individual applicant” profile. Click on the “My Account” link, then on “Manage Profiles” and “Add Profile.” Refer to Grants.gov’s instructions for adding a profile.
Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Grants.gov.
NEH will request letters of reference from your recommenders approximately seven to ten days after the application deadline. You will be notified by email when each of your letters of reference has been received. Once you receive final confirmation of receipt from Grants.gov, you may check the status of your letters by logging in to the secure area of NEH’s website. Enter your NEH application number and your Grants.gov tracking number. You will be able to see the names and e-mail addresses of your letter writers and whether their letters have arrived. If necessary, you may send reminders to your letter writers (including the upload link) from this site. You are responsible for ensuring that your letter writers have received the solicitations from NEH and submitted their letters.