Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CYCLE HAS PASSED.
Updated guidelines will be posted in advance of the next deadline. In the meantime, please use these guidelines to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.
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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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1647973728757357840. 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:
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.
Sample Application Narrative
As soon as you know you're ready to apply, make sure you register for a Grants.gov, account as this is vital to the application process. If you already have registered, make sure it is up to date.
Follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and the Grants.gov instructions.
You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application.
After you submit your application, Grants.gov will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.
NEH requests letters of reference from your recommenders approximately seven to ten days after the application deadline. You will be notified by e-mail when each of your letters of reference has been received. After you have received the fifth message from Grants.gov (confirming that NEH received your application), 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.