The National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer stipends for “two consecutive and uninterrupted months of full-time independent study and research.” Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the humanities, or any faculty member who is proposing a project within the humanities may apply. Recipients of this award typically use the time to produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.
Applicants must be nominated by their institutions, and any institution is limited to two submissions to this competition. When there are two proposals moving forward from the institution, at least one of them must be from junior faculty. To accommodate this limited submission policy, and to ensure that the strongest and most well-positioned proposals move forward to the NEH, most universities have internal competitions leading up to proposal submission to the NEH.
NIU has a robust internal competition and faculty support program centering around this prestigious competition. Our internal process begins in late summer. An eligible faculty member submits a proposal draft to an internal review committee, chosen from among the humanities faculty. All the proposals are read and receive comments from the reviewers. Each applicant is then invited to re-write, as they see fit and bearing in mind the reviewers’ comments. These revised proposals are then re-submitted to the same review committee.
From among these revised proposals, the two proposals to receive intense internal support and move forward to the NEH are then chosen. These two authors will meet regularly with the Associate Vice-President for Research and a Senior Research Development Specialist from the Office of Sponsored Projects over the next month to discuss, review, edit, and review again the proposal draft. This process is simultaneously intense and exhilarating.
|August 4||First proposal drafts due|
|August 8||Review Committee meets|
|By August 13||Comments distributed to authors|
|August 25||Revisions due|
|August 29||Second committee meeting|
Throughout September, the two winners of the internal competition work closely with NIU staff to sharpen the proposal. Applicants submit their own proposals through the grants.gov system by September 30th.
The official guidelines for the competition can be found here.
For specific questions, please contact Andrea Buford, Senior Research Development Specialist, at 753-9283 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested faculty are encouraged to discuss their proposals in advance with the Senior RDS, although that is not required. Draft proposals should be submitted to this email address: email@example.com. Faculty will be notified that the proposal has been received and will be considered.
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