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NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

Fellowships to USA Individual Scholars and IHE Faculty Members for
Humanities Research Projects Intended for Digital Publication

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/10/19 11:59 PM ET Receipt


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Fellowships of up to $60,000 per year to USA individual scholars and faculty members at IHEs to carry out advanced humanities research. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that include digital expression and digital publication. To be eligible for this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goal, i.e., the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. The fellowship supports projects at any stage of development.

Successful projects will likely incorporate visual, audio, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan. All projects must be interpretive. That is, projects must advance a scholarly argument through digital means and tools. Stand-alone databases and other projects that lack an explicit interpretive argument are not eligible.

Applications submitted for this special opportunity will be evaluated separately from other NEH Fellowships applications, but, like applications submitted to the NEH Fellowships program, will be held to the highest standards of scholarship. Applicants must clearly articulate the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

NEH encourages projects that promote a deeper understanding of American history and culture, as well as projects that advance civic education and knowledge of America’s core principles of government. NEH also invites projects related to its Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service. In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.

As the 250th anniversary of American Independence draws near, NEH is offering a special encouragement to applicants to the Fellowships program to consider the impact—both immediate and long term—of the momentous events of 1776. NEH especially invites applications that explore the role of the Declaration of Independence and other foundational documents in the making of U.S. history. In addition, applications are welcome that explore the experiences of states and communities beyond the original colonies in joining the nation, since they have their own stories of becoming part of the United States. Applications examining the stories and contributions of under-represented communities in the nation’s history are also invited.

Reviewers are asked to apply the following five criteria when judging the quality of applications.
1. The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
2. The quality or promise of quality of the applicant’s work as an interpreter of the humanities.
3. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant’s clarity of expression.
4. The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work, including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans.
5. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project (not necessarily during the award period).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185380

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowships cover periods lasting from six to twelve months at a stipend of $5,000 per month. The maximum stipend is $60,000 for a twelve-month period.

Term of Contract:

To be eligible, an application must request an award period between six and twelve months.

Applicants should request fellowship periods that suit their schedules and the needs of their projects. Requesting a period shorter than twelve months will not improve an applicant’s chance of receiving a fellowship.

Recipients may begin their awards as early as February 1, 2020, and as late as September 1, 2021.

The award period must be full-time and continuous. Teaching and administrative assignments or other major activities may not be undertaken during the fellowship period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NEH and Mellon encourage submission of Fellowships for Digital Publication applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. Applicants at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities may apply to either the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication program or the appropriate Awards for Faculty program (Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or Tribal Colleges and Universities), but not both.

Citizenship: U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible. Foreign nationals who take up permanent residence outside the United States any time between the application deadline and the end of the period of performance will forfeit their eligibility to hold an award. (Leaving the U.S. on a temporary basis is permitted.)

Currently Enrolled Students: While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral in 2019 are eligible for NEH Fellowships; but such applicants need a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to the applicant’s status as of April 10, 2019.

Dissertation Revisions: Applicants may seek funding for projects based on completed dissertations. You must state in your application narrative that the proposal is to revise a dissertation, and you must explain how the new project moves beyond the original dissertation.

Projects Previously Supported by NEH: Applicants may not apply for funding for a project previously supported by an NEH Fellowship, an NEH-Mellon Fellowship for Digital Publication, a Public Scholar award, or an Award for Faculty. Applicants may, however, apply for funding for a project previously supported by a two-month NEH Summer Stipend. In such a case NEH will ask evaluators to review the accomplishments from the previous award to determine whether the project warrants additional funding.

Recipients of NEH Fellowships may simultaneously hold fellowships or grants from institutions other than NEH—including sabbaticals and grants from their own institutions—in support of the same project during their period of performance.

Collaborative Projects: The NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication program is designed primarily for individual researchers. An award may not be divided among multiple collaborators. If you are seeking funding for more than one participant in a collaborative project, each person seeking funding must submit a separate application specifying the individual contribution. Panelists will be asked to evaluate each application on its own merits. Each application should clearly explain how the work will be divided and the extent to which each collaborator’s contribution depends on that of the other(s). Applicants who are seeking funding only for themselves but who are working as part of a collaborative team are also eligible. In this case, too, the application should clearly explain how the work will be divided and the extent to which each collaborator’s contribution depends on that of the other(s).

Applicants may not apply both to the Fellowships program and to the NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication program. Applicants may not apply both to the Fellowships program and to one of the Awards for Faculty programs. Applicants for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication may also not apply apply to the Fellowship Program for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan.

Applicants may submit only one application to the program in a given year. Applicants may, however, compete concurrently in the following programs for individuals in a given year:
- Fellowships, or
- NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publications, or
- Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan, or
- Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or
- Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or
- Awards for Faculty at Tribal Colleges and Universities.

Fellowships may not be used for:
- Projects that result in traditional print books or e-books
- Projects to construct or add to stand-alone databases that do not result in interpretive research;
-Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
-Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action;
-Support of specific public policies or legislation;
-Projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies);
-Research by students enrolled in a degree program, including research for doctoral dissertations or theses;
-The preparation or revision of textbooks;
-Curriculum development;
-The development of teaching methods or theories;
-Educational impact, language impact, or technical impact assessments;
-Empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;
-Inventories of collections; or
-The writing of guide books, how-to books, and self-help books.

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying, verify your registration or register with NEH recommends that you register at least two weeks before the deadline.

Applications are due April 10, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants will be notified of the decision by e-mail by the end of December 2019. Prospective applicants who have questions are encouraged to contact the Fellowships staff .

You may accept or hold only one NEH award for individuals in any given fiscal year. (The fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.)

-Before the April 10, 2019 deadline: Contact Division of Research program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
-March 27, 2019: Register or verify your registration with by this date
-April 10, 2019: Application must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on this date
-Mid April 2019: NEH prompts recommenders to submit letters of reference
-May 10, 2019: Deadline for receipt of letters of reference
-May-August 2019: Peer review panels take place
-December 2019: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
-December 2019: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
-Late December 2019/early January 2020: Successful applicants receive offer documents from the NEH Office of Grant Management by e-mail
- No later than February 1, 2020: Successful applicants must submit the Fellowships Acceptance Form
- February 1, 2020: Successful applicants may begin work on their projects as early as this date
- September 1, 2021: Successful applicants must begin work on their projects no later than this date

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