NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to

Individuals

Expected output

Digital Material & Publications

Period of performance

Six to twelve months

Application due

Project start date

Mellon Foundation and NEH logo

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 eligible for this special opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be essential to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the nature of the research and the topics being addressed demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, 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.

All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an interpretive argument are not eligible.

Applications submitted for this special opportunity will be evaluated separately from other NEH Fellowships applications, but, like applications submitted to the NEH Fellowships program, will be held to the highest standards of scholarship.

Applicants interested in conducting research and writing leading to traditional print or e-reader publications should apply to the NEH Fellowships program.

What's New for 2018

NEH has increased the Fellowships monthly stipend from $4,200 to $5,000. As a result, the minimum award is now $30,000 (for six months of full-time work). The maximum award is now $60,000 (for twelve months of full-time work).

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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

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication program guidelines (PDF)

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication program guidelines (DOC)

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication Grants.gov Application Package

Program Resources

Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

NEH-Mellon Fellowships Award List 2017-2018

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

Anthropology, Democracy and Cultural Exchange after the Arab Spring

Music, A Critical Edition of Italian Songs from the Time of Christopher Columbus

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      Program Statistics

      This grant has been awarded for
      2
      Years
      NEH received an average of
      86
      Applications
      per year
      This grant has a
      9%
      Funding Ratio
      NEH made an average of
      8
      Awards
      per year

      Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program