Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$300,000; up to $525,000 may be available for projects that respond to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.

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Expected output

Music edition

Period of performance

One to three years

Application available

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

ALERT: CAGE is currently experiencing a high volume of registrations, and is processing them in the order in which they are received. NEH encourages applicants registering with to allow additional time for processing.

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to 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 translations. Textual editing and translation are vital endeavors for the humanities, providing the very foundations for research and teaching. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition.

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.

What’s new in the Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program in 2019

  • Program staff are unable to review draft applications.
  • Eligibility for this program has been refined; individuals are no longer eligible to apply in this program. See the “Eligibility” section of the notice of funding opportunity for full eligibility information.
  • A special encouragement has been added: “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.”
  • Awards are capped at $300,000, not to exceed $100,000 per year. However, organizations submitting proposals that respond to the “A More Perfect Union” special initiative may apply for up to $525,000, not to exceed $175,000 per year.
  • The narrative section of the application must be single-spaced and not exceed 12 pages.
  • At least half of each type of participant—such as directors, collaborators, participants, technical assistants, and student assistants—must be U.S. citizens or residents.
  • A style guide is no longer required in the appendix, but a discussion of editorial policies is required in the narrative section.
  • Applicants requesting federal matching funds should identify potential sources of gift funds.

Disclaimer: This list is not a complete list of all changes to this Notice of Funding Opportunity.

The NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Webinar

We offered a webinar about the Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program. We introduced potential applicants and administrators to the program and offered grant-writing suggestions. The webinar was recorded.

Review your application package

To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.

Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity below to ensure you understand 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 Scholarly Translations Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF) Application Package

Budget Resources

Sample Budget (PDF)

Budget Form (XLS)

Program Resources

Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translation awards, 2017-2019

Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF) *

Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PDF)

Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Instructions (PDF)

DUNS Number Requirement

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Sample Application Narratives

University of California, Berkeley, Mark Twain Project

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

Massachusetts Historical Society, Adams Papers Editorial Project

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

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