Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$60,000 ($5,000 per month)

Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Critical Edition;
Digital Resource or Publication;
Other Scholarly Resource;
Peer-reviewed Article;
Translation with annotations or critical apparatus

Period of performance

Six to twelve months

Application available (anticipated)

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date

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NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

Applicants interested in research projects that are either born digital or require mainly digital expression and digital publication are encouraged to apply instead for Fellowships for Digital Publication.

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.

2024 NEH Fellowships Webinar

A free online information session will be held on February 14, 2024, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A recording will be provided. The webinar introduces the program, describes the application process and eligibility criteria, and offers application writing suggestions. It consists of a 45-minute presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. Close captions are provided. 

Please register for this webinar here.

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 are prepared to write the most effective application.

Application Materials

Fellowships Notice of Funding Opportunity, 2024 (PDF)

Fellowships Grants.gov application package

Program Resources

Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions, 2024 (PDF)

List of recently funded Fellowships

Sample Application Narratives

The narrative samples below are not intended to serve as models, but to give applicants a sense of how a successful application might be crafted. Note that the format might have been changed since these applications were submitted. Follow the guidelines in the currently posted Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure that your application is complete and eligible.

African Studies and Anthropology, Children of the Soil: The Politics of Built Forms, Labor, and Anticipatory Landscapes in Urban Madagascar

American Literature, Poetry and Community in Auden and Others

American Studies, A Cultural History of the 1950s Calypso Craze in the United States

Architecture, Materialized: The Global Life of Steel

Asian Studies, A Chinese Man-of-Letters in an Age of Industrial Capitalism: Chen Diexian (1879-1940)

Asian Studies (Translation Project), An Edition and Translation of Tarikh-i Hamidi, a 19th-Century Uyghur History of Eurasia

British Literature, Paper Art and Craft: Victorian Writers and Their Materials

Classics, Ovid’s Homer: Tradition, Authority, and Epic Reception

Comparative Literature, Moroccan Literature and the Memory of Medieval Muslim Iberia

Comparative Literature, The Aesthetic Cold War: Decolonization and Global Literature

European History, Emigration from Eastern Europe to the United States, 1889-1989

German Studies (includes new work plan format), Disinformation and the Illustrierter Beobachter, 1926–1945

History of Science, Inside-Out Earth: Residual Governance Under Extreme Conditions

Italian Literature (Translation Project), 'The First Novel Specially Written for Women'- Jacopo Caviceo's Peregrino (1508)

Latin American Studies, The Creole Circus and the Theater in Argentina and Uruguay, 1860-1910

Latin American Studies, Reading Programs, Cultural Engagement, and Civic Participation in Latin America

Legal History (includes new work plan format), Ordering Property- A Global History of Maritime Prize Law, 1498-1916

Media Studies, A Cultural History of American Color Television

Medieval Studies, Secrecy and Divinity in Early English Literature

Middle Eastern Studies, The Formation of Islamic Civilization, 1040-1194

Music History and Criticism, The Comedians of the King

Political Science, Tocqueville on Religion and Democracy

Religious Studies, Temples of Humanity: A Religious History of American Secularism

Russian History, Europe's Russian Colonies: Tsarist Subjects Abroad and the Quest for Freedom in the 19th Century

U.S. History, African Americans who Returned to the United States from Canada after the Civil War

U.S. History, Choctaw Confederates: The American Civil War in Indian Country

U.S. History (work plan only), Old Age in the Wake of the American Revolution

U.S. History, Race, Liberty, and Policing before the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

U.S. History, The Mutiny on the Hermione and American Political Culture

U.S. History, Voices of the Enslaved: Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana

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    Program Statistics

    In the last five competitions this program received an average of
    1062 Applications
    per year
    This program has a
    7% Funding Ratio
    NEH made an average of
    71 Awards
    per year

    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program