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

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

Period of performance

Two to twelve months, full-time equivalent

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.

This 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, or the development of materials in support of culture or language preservation and revitalization
  • 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)

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.  Awards support individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects. Projects may be at any stage of development.

A webinar about the program took place on February 1, 2021. To view a recording of the webinar, please click on the following link: You will be prompted to enter your name and email and then will be directed to the videorecording.

Slides and a transcript from the February 1, 2021 webinar are posted below:

Review your application package

Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity, below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Application Materials

Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Notice of Funding Opportunity 2021 (PDF)

Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities application package

Program Resources

Awards for Faculty Frequently Asked Questions, 2021 (PDF)

Awards for Faculty Sample Projects (PDF)

List of recent Awards for Faculty

Sample Application Narratives

The narrative samples below are not intended to serve as models, but to give applicants a sense of how a successful application might be crafted. Note that format has been 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.

Sample Application: Women of Leech Lake Nation: Historical Trauma and Colonization

Sample Application: Moroccan Director Moumen Smihi (b.1945): Arab Modernities and Cinema

Sample Application: Civil Wars and Civil Beings: Societal Construction, Reconstruction, and Post-Reconstruction in Perry County, Alabama, 1860-1875

Sample Application: Andean Cosmopolitans: Indigenous Journeys to the Habsburg Royal Court

Sample Application: Memoria Presente: The Common Spanish Legacy in Italian and Latin American Cultures

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

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, 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)

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Program Statistics

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