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National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Nomination

Deadline: Monday, August 27, 2018 11:59pm


Each National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend provides $6,000 for two consecutive, uninterrupted months of full-time independent study and research. See NEH program description for details: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends



Home institutions may nominate two faculty members who normally teach full time for the national NEH Summer Stipend competition. A proposal review panel appointed by the Hall Center Director selects the KU nominees. The two KU nominees will receive feedback from the proposal review panel. Nominees are encouraged to discuss this feedback with the Hall Center Director and the Humanities Grant Development Officer and to make any necessary revisions prior to presenting their final documents electronically to the Humanities Grant Development Office, which will work with the nominees to complete and submit the online application to the NEH via grants.gov by the NEH's posted deadline.


  • Individuals may apply for both a Summer Stipend and a Fellowship, but they cannot hold both in any given fiscal or calendar year.
  • U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who have been living in the U.S. or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the current deadline are eligible.
  • Individuals who have either held or been awarded a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the three academic years prior to the deadline are eligible. Everything else being equal, though, the program will give preference to applicants who have not received such support. A "major fellowship or research grant" is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from an individual's own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships. If you have received any fellowships or research grants within the three years prior to the deadline, please indicate on your résumé the total amount of each award or grant. If you fail to do so, your application may be disqualified. 
  • Individuals who have received Summer Stipends may apply to support a new stage of their projects.
  • Students enrolled in a degree program are not eligible.



All application materials must be submitted through the Hall Center Competitions Portal.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  For an application to be verified as complete, and thus forwarded for committee review, applicants must:

1. Create an account or log in to an existing account.

2. Select the Apply Now button next to this competition. 

3. Complete the Applicant Information form in the Portal.

    • This form will ask you for information on your letters of reference. At this point, letters should not be submitted to the Hall Center. You should indicate, however, whom you are asking to write on your behalf, should you be nominated to apply to the NEH. 
    • This form will ask you for a project description.  This description should not exceed 1,000 characters, including spaces. 

4. Upload the following materials as 3 separate PDF or Word files:

    • Three-page single spaced project narrative,
    • One-page bibliography, and
    • Two-page résumé in outline form

 See NEH application instructions for information on specific requirements of each section: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends

No extraneous material will be accepted.


The process to select the two KU nominees mirrors the NEH's review and selection procedures. The Hall Center collects the applications and hosts the review panel made up of KU faculty from different humanities-related disciplines. The panelists submit their nomination recommendations to the Hall Center Director, who notifies the candidates and provides reviewer comments. The Humanities Grant Development Office works with the KU nominees to further polish their applications prior to submission to the NEH.

Applications are ranked based on how well each meets the following criteria:

  1. The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities.
  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 likelihood that the applicant will complete the project.


Hall Center Interim Director Marta Caminero-Santangelo (4-3054; camsan@ku.edu), Associate Director Sarah Bishop (4-7823; sarahbishop@ku.edu), and Humanities Grant Development Officer Kathy Porsch (kporsch@ku.edu) are available to discuss your project and offer application development suggestions. 

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