Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research

Division of Research Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount


Funding Opportunity for


Expected output

Scholarly Articles;
Books and Book Chapters;
Digital Resources or Publications;
Field Reports

Period of performance

4 to 36 months

Application available (anticipated)

Optional draft due

Next deadline (anticipated)

Expected notification date

Project start date

The program has extended the optional draft deadline to Monday, July 15, 2024. Please use the draft template provided below. NEH staff cannot accept drafts that do not conform to the template.

Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research 2024 Proposal Draft Template (PDF)

The Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program makes awards to institutions and organizations conducting empirical field research to answer significant questions in the humanities. Archaeology and ethnography are important methodologies utilized by many disciplines across the humanities and social sciences that provide observational and experiential data on human history and culture.

Archaeological methods may include field survey and field-based remote sensing, documentation or visualization, and/or excavations in support of answering research questions in all aspects of the human past, including but not limited to ancient studies, anthropology, art history, classical studies, regional studies, epigraphy, and other related disciplines. Ethnographic methods may include participant observation, surveys and interviews, and documentation or recording in pursuit of research questions in anthropology, sociology, ethnolinguistics, oral history, ethnomusicology, performance studies, folklore studies, and related disciplines.

Projects may be led by individuals with institutional affiliation or by teams of collaborating scholars from the same or multiple eligible institutions. Awards provide up to three years of support for fieldwork and data processing. While the ultimate expectation of such awards is the dissemination of results through publications and other media, this program supports costs related to fieldwork such as travel, accommodation, and equipment as well as compensation for field staff and salary replacement for the project director and collaborating scholars. Applicants interested in publishing the results of field research are encouraged to apply to one of NEH’s individual fellowship programs or Collaborative Research.

On May 22, 2023, NEH staff hosted a webinar describing the program, discussing its goals, the application and review process, budgetary issues, and suggestions for writing an effective application. The presentation included questions and answers from participants. The webinar can be viewed here.

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Program Statistics

In its second year, this program received
55 Applications
This grant has a
11% Funding Ratio
NEH made
6 Awards in the second year