Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Up to $565,000 ($385,000 in outright funds plus $180,000 in Federal Matching Funds)

Funding Opportunity for


Expected output


Period of performance

Up to 42 months

Application available

Optional draft due


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. You may incorporate these changes into your applications now.

Additional information is available at https://www.neh.gov/grants/manage/2024-Revisions-to-2-CFR-200

The Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) program supports institutions that provide fellowships for advanced humanities research in the U.S. and abroad, foster communities of intellectual exchange among participating scholars, and provide access to resources that might otherwise not be available to the participating scholars. 

Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the U.S.; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting humanities research in foreign countries. Individual scholars apply directly to the institutions for fellowships. 

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 fellowship tenure must be continuous and last from four to twelve months. Residential 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-funded fellows are expected to work on their projects on a full-time basis. If a fellow is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the tenure period, he/she shall receive a prorated stipend.

Register for a SAM number and an account on Grants.gov

As soon as you know you're ready to apply to this program, make sure you register for D-U-N-S® number, with SAM.gov, and for a Grants.gov account. If you have registered previously, make sure your registrations are up-to-date.

Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and Grants.gov instructions. 

Submit your application package on Grants.gov

You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application. 

Verify you have received email messages from Grants.gov

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.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
12 Applications
per year
This program has a
75% Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
9 Awards
per year

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program