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Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Division of Research Programs

Receipt Deadline August 22, 2018 for Projects Beginning January 2020

Brief Summary

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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 for 2018

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).

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions program received an average of thirteen applications per competition. The program made an average of nine awards per competition, for a funding ratio of 69 percent.

The potential applicant pool for this program is limited, since applications are accepted only from independent research institutions that have preexisting fellowship programs. On the one hand, this results in a small number of applications each year. On the other hand, the quality of the applications tends to be very high, so that most applicants have historically received funding.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely year to year, as can the success ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from fpiri[at]neh[dot]gov.


Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 and fpiri[at]neh[dot]gov. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay (TTY users) at 800-877-8399.