Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material and Publication;
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, full-time equivalent

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

The Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Tribal Colleges and Universities by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing humanities research that is of value to scholars, students, and/or general audiences. While the program welcomes proposals in all areas of the humanities, projects related to indigenous knowledge that sustain and strengthen tribal languages and/or cultural traditions are especially encouraged.

This program offers flexibility in project types and award periods.  Awards may support faculty research that engages undergraduate students at the affiliated institution or members of the local community.  Common to all projects must be research on humanities topics, such as languages or literature, history, philosophy, or religion.  Examples of eligible projects include: 

  • research related to tribal or institutional priorities, goals or interests, such as projects that draw on cultural or institutional archival collections 
  • the development of materials in support of sustaining, preserving and revitalizing culture or language 
  • research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate or graduate course 
  • travel to and research in archival or cultural collections with significant holdings in the researcher’s area of expertise or in an area of tribal or institutional priority or interest 
  • research and preparation leading to the development of a humanities seminar for students at the affiliated institution and/or members of the local community.  Research seminars must be prepared and led by an individual faculty or staff member and must engage participants with primary sources.  Seminars should develop participants’ knowledge and skills with humanities research methodologies, such as the collecting of oral histories, indigenous research methods, language or linguistic methods, and/or archival research. 
  • the development of books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, critical editions, or other humanities resources 

The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full-time, part-time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at a TCU.  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 2, 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 2, 2021 webinar are posted below:

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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

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program