Summer Stipends

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Archaeological Report;
Digital Resource or Publication;
Other Scholarly Resource;

Period of performance

2 months

Application available


Expected notification date

Project start date

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • Funding a wide range of individuals, including independent scholars, community college faculty, and non-teaching staff at universities

Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.  NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Note about Humanities Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence

This grant program is one of ten NEH programs that are part of NEH’s Humanities Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence initiative, which is encouraging research on the ethical, legal, and societal implications of AI. To learn more about the initiative, please see our page about the AI initiative.

What’s new for 2024

  • New eligibility guidelines: the program limits eligibility to individuals who have not previously held an NEH award in any of its programs for individuals.
  • New nominations guidelines: Institutions may nominate only one faculty member at this deadline.

Get More Information

NEH will hold a webinar for nominators and prospective applicants on Wednesday July 10, 2024 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. NEH staff will introduce the program, explain some changes for the 2024 competition, describe the application and nomination process, and offer some application-writing suggestions. There will be a chance to ask questions, captions will be available, and the webinar will be recorded so others can watch it later. Click here to register.

On August 21, 2024, NEH staff will host a webinar for applicants offering an overview of the program, describing the review process and application components, and offering tips for writing a strong proposal. A live Q&A will be included. To join the webinar, click here. Closed captioning will be available.

Register for an account on

When you are ready to apply, register for a account. If you already have registered, make sure the account is current. After registering, you must add an “individual applicant” profile. Click on the “My Account” link, then on “Manage Profiles” and “Add Profile.” Refer to’s instructions for adding a profile.

Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and 

Submit your application package on

You will receive a confirmation from when you've successfully submitted your application. 

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After you submit your application, will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.

Monitor the status of the submission of your letters of recommendation

You will be notified by e-mail when each of your letters of reference has been received. After you have received the Agency Tracking Number Assignment message, you may check the status of your letters of reference by logging in to the secure area of NEH’s website. Enter your NEH application number and your tracking number. You will be able to see the names and e-mail addresses of your letter writers and whether their letters of reference have arrived. If necessary, you may send reminders to your letter writers (including the upload link) from this site.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
Applications per year
This program has a
13% Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
99 Awards
per year

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program