Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material and Publications;
Archaeological Report;
Other Scholarly Resource

Period of performance

Six to twelve months

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

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 of the humanities, 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 NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.

What’s New for 2019

Applicants may apply to only one of the following research programs for individuals in a given year:

  • Fellowships, or
  • NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publications, or
  • Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan, or
  • Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or
  • Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or
  • Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Applicants for NEH Fellowships (except for those proposing editions, translations, and database projects) must submit a writing sample (not to exceed ten double-spaced pages) in the style of the proposed project.

Applicants proposing a translation project must solicit a letter of recommendation from an expert in the language(s) of the project. The letter should provide an assessment of the one-page sample translation included as part of the application.

Important Announcement

The Grants.gov application package for this program is now available.

Review your application package

As soon as you know you're ready to apply for this grant, make sure you register for a grants.gov account as this is vital to the grants process. If you already have registered for an account, make sure it is up to date.

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

Fellowships Guidelines (PDF)

Fellowships Guidelines (DOC)

Fellowships Grants.gov application package

Program Resources

Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions, 2019 (PDF)

List of recently funded Fellowships

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

African Studies, A History of Popular Transportation in Nairobi

American History, African Americans who Returned to the United States from Canada after the Civil War

American History, The Mutiny on the Hermione and American Political Culture

American Literature, Poetry and Community in Auden and Others

Asian Studies, Diaspora and Empire in Southern China, 1570-1850

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

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

Film History, Newspapers and the Emergence of American Film Culture, 1911-1916

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

Media Studies, A Cultural History of American Color Television

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

Music, Music in America's Cold War Diplomacy

Philosophy, Nietzsche and the Ancient Skeptical Tradition

Political Science, Tocqueville on Religion and Democracy

Religious Studies, Religious Liberty in Post-Revolutionary France

Renaissance Studies, Translation, Transnationalism, and Early English Print Culture

Russian History, Stalin's World and Dictatorship in Modern Times

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