Application Open: National Endowment for the Humanities Initiative

The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones.

Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from humanities areas such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.

The deadline to apply is May 20, 2021.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects. Projects may, but need not be, related to the cultural identity of the applicant institution. For example, it would be allowable for a Hispanic-Serving Institution to submit a proposal on ancient Greek drama. 


The Humanities Initiative programs may support activities such as, but not limited to:

  • Curricular planning and/or community and relationship building that support the
    institutional mission
  • Creation of bridge programs for first-year, first-generation, at-risk, nontraditional, and/or secondary school students
  • Creation or revision of composition and other courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking in order to incorporate humanities methods and resources
  • New or enhanced humanities programs, including new majors, minors, certificates, or concentrations, honors programs, first-year seminars, culturally-relevant or place-based curricula, and capstone courses
  • Creation of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions, if applicable
  • Opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities
  • Creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, including oral histories, literature or film, teaching modules, and guidelines on how to use humanities resources in the classroom
  • Development of curriculum-focused digital humanities projects, including podcasts, mapping tools, or digital resources for distance learning
  • Partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high-school students)
  • Collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K-12 pathways to higher education
  • Projects that bring together multiple institutions of higher education or campuses within a district or system for the purpose of curricular development.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Justine Briggs (Scholar and Grants Development) to begin the application process. We will work with Laura Merkl (Research Foundation) to complete necessary budget material as well as manage the award, if funded. 

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