External Grants

Selected National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) programs:

  • Curriculum development and public programs:
    • NEH Enduring Questions Grants
      Supports faculty members in the teaching and development of a new course that will foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question. This question-driven course will encourage undergraduates and teachers to grapple with a fundamental concern of human life addressed by the humanities, and to join together in a deep and sustained program of reading in order to encounter influential thinkers over the centuries and into the present day.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in mid-September for projects beginning the following May
    • NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
      Support to host 2-5 week faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes:  extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;  build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and link teaching and research in the humanities.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in February for summer projects. Prospective applicants are now encouraged to submit to program staff an optional preliminary sketch of their proposals in December.
    • Landmarks of American History and Culture: Workshops for School Teachers
      Supports a series of one-week residence-based workshops for a national audience of K-12 educators. NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops use historic sites to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music, and related subjects in the humanities.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in February for summer projects. Prospective applicants to direct a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop are now encouraged to submit to program staff an optional preliminary sketch of their proposals by December.
  • Research and scholarship:
    • NEH Collaborative Research Grants
      Support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of a minimum of one year up to a maximum of three years.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in early December for projects beginning the following October
    • NEH Public Scholar Program (new in 2015)
      The Public Scholar program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Supports 6-12 month fellowships at a stipend of $4,200 per month.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in early March for projects beginning in October or later.
    • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships 
      Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in late April or early May, for projects beginning the following January. 
    • NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grants
      Support for the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts and documents of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials; but other types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Awards generally range from $50,000 to $100,000.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in December for projects beginning the following October
  • Digital Humanities:
    • Digital Projects for the Public (new in 2014)
      Supports projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments that significantly contribute to the public’s engagement with humanities ideas. Discovery awards of up to $30,000 for exploratory stages of a digital project and Prototyping awards of up to $100,000 for development of a proof-of-concept.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in June for projects beginning the following January
    • Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
      Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program awards relatively small grants (up to $30,000 for Level I Grants or $60,000 for Level II Grants) to support the planning stages of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Grants may involve research on digital humanities techniques and best practices, scholarship on digital culture, innovative uses of technology and new digital modes of publication, or the development of new tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources.
      Deadline: One annual deadline in September for projects beginning the following May

North Carolina Humanities Council Grants

The North Carolina Humanities Council supports free, public programs addressing fundamental questions about who we are and how we live in the world we share. Programs include:

  • Mini-Grants provide up to $2,000 for scholar stipends, travel expenses including meals and lodging, publicity, and certain other expenses connected with a project of limited scope. Receipt deadline: The first day of each month. Applications must be submitted at least eight weeks before the proposed project will begin.
  • Large Grants provide funds for humanities projects of extended scope including, but not limited to, lecture/discussion series, performance/discussions, exhibit/discussions, and film/video productions. There is no set amount for large grants, but awards typically range from a minimum of $2,000 up to $10,000. Media projects are limited to $5,000. Receipt deadline: Large Grant applications are accepted twice a year. A draft proposal is required before a full proposal can be submitted. Draft proposals are usually due in mid-March for projects taking place June-November, and in mid-August for projects taking place December-May.
  • Planning Grants of up to $750 are available to obtain the assistance of humanities scholar/consultants to plan a project. Allowable expenses include consultants' stipends and reimbursements for travel, meals, and lodging. Receipt deadline: Applications are accepted at any time.
  • The North Carolina Stories initiative provides grants of up to $2,000 to support explorations of local history via collaboration between “a community nonprofit sponsor with deep and appropriate connections to the specific geographic area” and a humanities scholar. Projects must have both a digital media and a public programming component (see examples). Receipt deadline: The first day of each month.
  • The Standing Together special initiative provides grants of up to $5,000 to (a) support humanities scholarship about war and its aftermath, (b) promote discussion and deepen understanding of the experiences of those Americans affiliated with the armed services and (c) support returning veterans and their families. Receipt deadline: Mandatory draft proposals are due August 15, 2015.

 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects

Grants to support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The Grants for Arts Projects program includes two tracks: Challenge America, which offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations; and Art Works, which includes the artistic fields and disciplines of Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater & Musical Theater, and Visual Arts. The NEA permits only one application per year from Appalachian State University for either the Challenge America or the Art Works program. ASU’s one applicant is selected via an internal competition in accordance with the university’s limited submission procedures; guidelines and deadlines for the internal competition are posted on the ORSP website near the end of the fall semester each year. Deadline: Varies by track and artistic discipline. The deadline for Appalachian State’s internal competition is generally in January.

Contact

Nancy Sue Love, Ph. D.
Humanities Council Coordinator
Department of Government & Justice Studies
2038 Anne Belk Hall
ASU Box #32107
lovens@appstate.edu
828-262-6168

Howell Keiser
Council Assistant
Humanities Council Office
106 I.G. Greer Hall
keiserkh@appstate.edu
828-262-2483

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