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National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Internal Competition

The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities.

Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools. The program supports projects at any stage of development.

The Summer Stipends program provides $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months. Awards are made directly to individual scholars and do not come through the University.

Faculty teaching full-time at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions in order to apply. Each institution may nominate up to two faculty, selected through an internal competition.

The program is highly competitive and awards represent distinction in humanities research. Over the last five years, the funding rate has average 9%. Prior to seeking nomination, faculty should review the full announcement, evaluation criteria, and FAQs online. Sample applications are also available from this link.

EKU Application Procedures

Faculty planning to seek nomination are asked to notify Sponsored Programs by sending an email to This notification will assist in arranging for faculty reviewers from appropriate fields.

Preliminary applications must be submitted online no later than Thursday, September 5, 2019. A review committee comprised of faculty in appropriate fields will conduct the preliminary review of applications and will select the two applicants to be nominated by the University’s authorized official.

Selected applicants will be notified of their nomination by Friday, September 20, 2019.

The final application must be submitted online through by Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The submission process requires an individual (rather than a University) account, and Sponsored Programs will provide support for the registration and submission process as needed.

The Preliminary Application must include the following items:

  1. Narrative – not to exceed 3 single-spaced pages
  2. Bibliography – not to exceed one single-spaced page
  3. Resume – not to exceed two single-spaced pages
  4. Appendix—Only for editions, translations, or database projects, or for proposals that include visual materials

All application components must be prepared in accordance with the instructions provided in the application guidelines, available online. The package is not a required component for the preliminary internal competition.

For assistance with the application process, please contact

When you are ready to submit your preliminary application, click here and use your EKU credentials to log in to InfoReady Review.  

Published on July 01, 2019

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