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National Endowment for the Humanities Announces $14.5 Million in New Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 18, 2002)--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced the awarding of 213 grants totaling $14.5 million. The grants will support research by college and university professors, curriculum development programs at colleges and universities, humanities programs at museums and libraries, and public television and radio programs.

"NEH has a crucial role to play in generating new knowledge and communicating it broadly," said NEH chairman Bruce Cole. "I am delighted to announce the latest NEH grants for the advancement of the humanities in both the academic and the public arenas."

For this fiscal year (2003), there are 167 fellowships to support the research of individual scholars, 28 challenge grants for long-term institutional development of humanities programs, and 18 "Extending the Reach" grants to historically black, Hispanic-serving, and tribal colleges to support curriculum development and faculty enrichment programs.

Challenge grants, which institutions must match by 3 or 4 to 1, can be used to renovate buildings where educational programs take place or collections are displayed or to endow curatorial positions, humanities programs or acquisition of books or artifacts.

A state-by-state listing of grants is available as an Adobe PDF file in the box above.

Programs and number of projects funded this round are:

  • Challenge grants (28) $7,956,000
    (Awarded to universities, colleges, public libraries, research centers, museums, other nonprofit institutions.)
  • Research fellowships for scholars (167) $6,104,000
  • Extending the Reach grants (18) $459,304
    (Awarded to historically black, Hispanic-serving and tribal colleges)

NEH grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Throughout the year, humanities experts outside of the Endowment read all applications and advise NEH on the quality and significance of each proposed project.


About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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