Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Research related to tribal or institutional priorities, goals, or interests; Development of materials in support of sustaining, preserving, and revitalizing culture or language; Research leading to the improvement of a single existing undergraduate or graduate course; Development of a humanities seminar for students at the affiliated institution and/or members of the local community; Digital Resource or Publication; Edition; Translation

Period of performance

Two to twelve months, full-time equivalent

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date

Applicants to NEH for awards with expected issuance dates on or after October 1, 2024, should be aware of revisions to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR Part 200) effective from that date. All NEH awards issued on or after October 1, 2024, will be subject to the revised regulations. Exemption Note: While awards to individuals do not include budgets, indirect costs, or single audits, broader revisions to 2 CFR 200 may be applicable. 

Additional information is available at

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.

  • research related to tribal or institutional priorities, goals, or interests, such as projects that draw on cultural or institutional collections
  • the development of materials in support of sustaining, preserving, and revitalizing culture or language
  • research leading to the improvement of a single 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. Humanities 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 scholarly resources
  • research leading to digital or web-based products intended to supplement a course revision, humanities seminar, 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 a TCU. Awards support individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects. Projects may be at any stage of development.

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
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Live Q&A session, February 27, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern Time
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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.

Review your application package

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. 

Application Materials

Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities Notice of Funding Opportunity 2023-2024 (PDF)

Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities application package

Program Resources

Awards for Faculty Frequently Asked Questions, 2023-2024 (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 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

Sample Application:  A Study of Diné (Navajo) Traditional Sheep Butchering

Sample Application: The End of Exceptionalism: African Americans Theorizing Race and Imperialism in South Africa and Beyond

Sample Application: The History of Spanish Caribbean Music in New York City and the Shaping of an International Sound, 1940-1990

Sample Application: Women Writers and the Portrayal of Women in British Indian Fiction

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, The Abolitionist Movement's Involvement in American Politics, 1750-1865

Sample Application, The Discourse of Sovereignty in American Indian Print Culture

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

Course Revision Projects

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

Sample Application, Pre-Columbian Art of the Western and Northern Frontiers of Mesoamerica

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Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and 

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Monitor the status of the submission of your letters of recommendation

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, 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 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.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the three Awards for Faculty programs received an average of
152 Applications
per year
This program has a
13.7% Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
21 Awards
per year

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program