Summer Stipends

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$6,000

Open to

Individuals

Expected output

Book;
Article;
Digital Material & Publications;
Archaeological Report;
Translation;
Edition;
Other Scholarly Resource

Period of performance

2 months

Application available

Application due

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 most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • Furthering the NEH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities by encouraging applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, tribal colleges and universities, and community colleges

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.

Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Introducing NEH Summer Stipends Program Webinar

We offered a webinar about the Summer Stipend program. We introduced potential applicants and administrators to the program, described the nomination process, 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 Grants.gov. 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 Grants.gov, 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

Summer Stipends Notice of Funding Opportunity, September 2019 (PDF)

Grants.gov application package for Summer Stipends

Program Resources

Summer Stipends Frequently Asked Questions, September (PDF)

Summer Stipends awards, 2017-2019

DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

American History Summer Stipends Sample Application (PDF)

American Literature Summer Stipends Sample Application (PDF)

Art History Summer Stipends Sample Application (PDF)

Latin American Studies Summer Stipends Sample Application (PDF)

Philosophy Summer Stipends Sample Application (PDF)

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    Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines and in the Grants.gov instructions. 

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    Program Statistics

    In the last five competitions this program received an average of
    834
    Applications
    per year
    This grant has a
    9%
    Funding Ratio
    NEH made an average of
    77
    Awards
    per year

    Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program