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45.160 Promotion of the Humanities_Fellowships and Stipends

FEDERAL AGENCY:

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES

AUTHORIZATION:

National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, as amended, Public Law 89-209, 20 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
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Fellowships and Summer Stipends provide support for scholars to undertake full-time independent research and writing in the humanities. Grants are available for 6 to 12-month fellowships and 2 months of summer study.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Fellowships and Summer Stipends: Projects may contribute to scholarly knowledge or to the general public's understanding of the humanities. The proposed study or research may be completed during the grant period or it may be part of a longer project. Applications for planning institutional curricula, for educational research projects, for work in the creative or performing arts, and for studies that lack humanities content or methodology are not eligible.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   All applicants must be U.S. citizens, native residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been legal residents in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Fellowships: Faculty members at colleges and universities, individuals affiliated with other institutions, independent scholars, and others who work in the humanities are eligible. Applicants need not have advanced degrees, but they must have completed their formal academic training. Active candidates for degrees and persons seeking support for work leading to degrees are not eligible. Summer Stipends: University and college faculty members must be nominated by their academic institutions. Faculty members with terminating appointments, independent scholars, and non-faculty college and university staff members are exempt from nomination and may apply directly.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Fellowships and Stipends: College and university faculty and staff, individuals affiliated with institutions other than colleges and universities, and scholars and writers working independently.

Credentials/Documentation:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular Nos. A-102 and E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Application materials are available online at http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html and from the headquarters office. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A- 110.

Award Procedure:   Applications are reviewed by panels of scholars and other appropriate individuals. Awards are made by the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities after advice from the National Council on the Humanities.

Deadlines:   Fellowships: Annual receipt deadline of May 1, for projects beginning after January 1 of the following year. Summer Stipends: annual receipt deadline of October 1, for projects beginning after May 1 of the following year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Six to seven months.

Appeals:   None, but applicant may reapply.

Renewals:   None.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements. Source: Program Guidelines. Contact: See Headquarters Office below.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Fellowships are held from 6 to 12 months, with payment in quarterly installments. Summer Stipends are held for 2 consecutive months, with stipends disbursed in one payment.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   A final report is required within 90 days after the end of the tenure period describing the results of the work done during the period of the award.

Audits:   Subject to audit by Endowment auditors or their representatives.

Records:   Not applicable.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   59-0200-0-1-503.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $6,909,000; FY 02 est $7,000,000; and FY 03 est Not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:   Fellowships and Awards for Faculty: An award of $4,200 per month for a grant period of from 3 to 12 months. Summer Stipends: All awards are $6,000 for a grant period of 8 weeks.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
In fiscal year 2001, 2,016 applications were received and 309 awards were made. In fiscal year 2002, it is estimated that 2,010 applications will be received and 293 awards will be made. In fiscal year 2003, it is estimated that 2,200 applications will be received and 300 awards will be made.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

45 CFR 1100 and 1105. Program guidelines and forms are available online at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fellowships-stipends.html and also upon request from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506. Available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, is the Endowment's official publication, "Humanities" by subscription (6 issues annually, $24.00 domestic, $30.00 foreign).

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   None.

Headquarters Office:   National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Research Programs 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20506 Email: fellowships@neh.gov Phone: (202) 606-8200.

Web Site Address:  
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EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

(1) Fellowships for University Teachers: Art History and Hegemony in Latin America: Afro-Brazil; (2) Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars: Studies in Aristotle's Scientific Thinking; (3) Summer Stipends: Citizen Activism for Nuclear Disarmament and Its Impact, 1971 to present.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

For Fellowships and Summer Stipends: The significance of the contribution to knowledge in the specific field and to the humanities generally; the quality or promise of quality of the applicant's work; the quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the proposed project; and the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project.

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