NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

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Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$5,000 per month

Open to


Expected output

Digital Material and Publication

Period of performance

Six to twelve months

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

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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.  Projects may be at any stage of development.

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Application Materials

NEH - Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication 2021 notice of funding opportunity 

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication Application Package

Program Resources

Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions, 2021 (PDF)

NEH-Mellon Fellowships Award List

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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