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.

What’s new for 2022 and 2023

  • A new one-page attachment indicating your plan of work is required
  • The program will offer exemption from nomination for faculty at Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHIs), Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs).

Get More Information

NEH will hold a NEH Summer Stipends Application Writing Tips Webinar August 16th from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Click here to register.

On August 16th, 2023, NEH staff hosted 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. To watch the recorded webinar, click here.

Register for an account on

As soon as you are ready to apply to this program, register for a account. If you already have registered for an account, make sure it is current.

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. 

Verify you have received email messages from

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
812 Applications
per year
This program has an
11% Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
90 Awards
per year

Examples of Projects Funded by this Grant Program