OSP FO# 11-116

AGENCY: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

PROGRAM: NEH Summer Stipends

OBJECTIVES: This program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public’s understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. The Summer Stipends program welcomes projects that respond to NEH’s new Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicants may be faculty or staff members of colleges, universities, or primary or secondary schools, or they may be independent scholars or writers. Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges and universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Once faculty members are nominated by their institutions, they may apply online. Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members.

All applicants must have completed their formal education by the application deadline. While applicants need not have advanced degrees, individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral may apply, but such applicants need a letter from the dean of the conferring school attesting to the applicant’s status as of September 29, 2011.

Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the last three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. 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.

BU Internal Deadline: August 5, 2011
Application Deadline: September 29, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months, and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Summer Stipends
National Endowment for the Humanities
Division of Research Programs, Room 318
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20506
Telephone: (202) 606-8200
Email: stipends@neh.gov
Web: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Each institution is permitted to nominate two individuals. Faculty wishing to be considered for nomination should provide the following proposal material to the University Fellowship and Scholarship Committee, Office of the Provost, 1 Silber Way (8th Floor), Boston MA 02215, for internal review purposes:

1. Letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, highlighting the nominee’s achievements and the basis for selection.
2. Description of the nominee’s proposed project (maximum length 3 pages), conveying the ideas, objectives, methods, and work plan.
3. Nominee’s biographical sketch.

All nomination material should be received by Friday, August 5, 2011.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Applicants must register in the Grants.gov system as individuals. Please see the complete program guidelines for instructions regarding the individual registration process. NEH Summer Stipend applications are not submitted through Boston University’s institutional Grants.gov registration.

Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA# 45.160) may be obtained from the web sites listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.