Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Division of Research Programs

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Three years

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Awards for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. The FPIRI program sponsors fellowships that provide scholars with research time, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them.

 Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research in foreign countries. Individual scholars apply directly to the institutions for fellowships. A list of currently funded institutions is available.

In evaluating applications, consideration is given to the library holdings, archives, special collections, and other resources—either on site or nearby—that institutions make available to fellows.

 FPIRI awards provide funding for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months. The fellowships are held at the U.S. recipient institutions or—in the case of overseas research centers and organizations—abroad.

 Fellowship tenure must be continuous and last from four to twelve months. Residential NEH fellows are expected to be in residence during their entire tenure period and to work on their projects on a full-time basis. Likewise, nonresidential NEH fellows are expected to work on their projects on a full-time basis.

What's New?

NEH has increased the fellowship stipend from $4,200 to $5,000 a month. As a result, the minimum fellowship is now $20,000 (for four months of full-time work). The maximum fellowship is now $60,000 (for twelve months of full-time work).

Review your application package

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Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application. 

Download Application Materials

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions Guidelines (PDF)

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions Guidelines (DOC)

Grants.gov Application Package for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Budget Resources

FPIRI Sample Financial Forms (prior-year financial report form and three-year NEH budget request form), 2018 (PDF)

FPIRI Financial Forms to Fill Out (prior-year financial report form and three-year NEH budget request form), 2018 (MS Excel)

Program Resources

FPIRI Responsibilities of Institutions, 2018 (PDF)

FPIRI Responsibilities of Fellows, 2018 (PDF)

FPIRI Instructions for Fellowship Selection Reports, 2018 (PDF)

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

List of recently funded grants in this program

DUNS Number Requirement

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Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
per year
This grant has a
Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
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Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program