Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants

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Expected output

Music edition

Period of performance

One to three years

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Scholarly Editions and Translations grants support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible.

Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years.

Projects should embody the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) or the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. Translation projects must also explain the theory and method adopted for the particular work to be translated. Editions and translations produced with NEH support contain scholarly and critical apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format. This usually means introductions and annotations that provide essential information about a text’s form, transmission, and historical and intellectual context.

Proposals for editions of foreign language materials in the original language are eligible for funding, as well as proposals for editions of materials translated into English.

Important Announcement

While federal offices will be closed on December 5 for a National Day of Mourning, the deadline for this program remains unchanged. The system will be open to accept submissions. Applications must be received and validated by by 11:59 P.M., Eastern Time, on December 5, 2018. will date- and time-stamp your application after it is fully uploaded. Applications submitted after that date will not be accepted.

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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

Scholarly Editions and Translations Guidelines (PDF)

Scholarly Editions and Translations Guidelines (DOC)

Application Packages for Institutions and Individuals (Unaffiliated Project Directors) Applying to Scholarly Editions and Translations Program

Budget Resources

Budget Instructions, October 2018 (PDF)

Sample Budget, October 2018 (PDF)

Budget Form, October 2018 (MS Excel)

Program Resources

Scholarly Editions and Translations Frequently Asked Questions, 2018 (PDF)

Scholarly Editions and Translations Awards, 2016-2018

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

University of California, Berkeley, Mark Twain Project

University of Michigan, Golden Chronicle Translation of a 20th-Century Tibetan Text

Andrew Ollett (Unaffiliated Project Director), A Translation of an Early Work of Classical Kannada Literature

Massachusetts Historical Society, Adams Papers Editorial Project

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition

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