NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
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Through NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases, documentary films, podcasts, and other projects that lack an explicit interpretive argument are not eligible. Applicants interested in conducting research and writing leading to traditional print or e-book publications should apply to the NEH Fellowships program.
NEH - Mellon Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research and prepare digital publications. Successful projects will likely incorporate images, video, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan.
Anticipated products must be published in digital form and include, but are not limited to, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, websites, virtual exhibitions, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research. Projects may be at any stage of development.
What’s new for 2020
- The narrative is expanded to four pages for a fuller explication of both the humanities significance and the digital methods.
- Voluntary drafts can be submitted by March 11, 2020 for review by NEH staff.
- Applications are required to include appendices that illustrate the project’s digital structure and design.
Disclaimer: This is not a complete list of all changes to the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Refer to the full Notice under Step 1.
View the Online Information Session
The webinar NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication 2020: What’s New and Application Tips was held on February 26, 2020. You may view a recording of the session by registering at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4608443963819439627
(If you previously registered for the session, simply resubmit the information to access the recording.)
The webinar explained the goals of the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication program, eligibility requirements, what’s new this year, and how to write an effective application. The main slide presentation is 35 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of questions from participants. The recording will remain on the NEH website through the application deadline, which is April 22, 2020.
A transcript of the information session is available here: Transcript (PDF)
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