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Awards to USA Faculty and Staff Affiliated with HBCUs for Humanities Research Projects

Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities


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Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs
CFDA Number: 45.160
Funding or PIN Number: 20230412-HB
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Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaArkansasDelawareFloridaGeorgiaKentuckyLouisianaMarylandMississippiMissouriNorth CarolinaOhioOklahomaPennsylvaniaSouth CarolinaTennesseeTexasVirginiaWashington, DCWest Virginia
USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/12/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Awards of up to $60,000 to USA and US Virgin Islands faculty and staff affiliated with HBCUs for humanities research projects. Applicants must create or verify the required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended to support research projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which are located in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.

The Awards for Faculty program strengthens the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences.

The program welcomes proposals in all areas of the humanities, regardless of geographic or chronological focus. This program offers applicants flexibility in project outcomes and award periods. Projects must be based on humanities research. Eligible projects include:

  • Research in primary and secondary materials leading to the development of books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, critical editions, or other scholarly resources
  • Research related to institutional or community goals or interests, such as projects that draw on archival collections, collection and interpretation of oral histories, or the development of materials in support of culture or language preservation and revitalization
  • Research leading to the improvement of a single existing undergraduate course, including the development of humanities resources (for example, oral histories, identification and preparation of previously unavailable archival sources, or newly compiled historical or literary collections)
  • Research leading to digital or web-based products intended to supplement a course revision or publication project


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria
You must be one of the following to be eligible:
- A U.S. citizen residing domestically or abroad
- A foreign national who has lived in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline.

Foreign nationals who take up permanent residence outside the United States any time between the application deadline and the end of the period of performance will forfeit their eligibility. Leaving the U.S. on a temporary basis is permitted.

In addition to the above requirements, you must be affiliated with an HBCU. Individual fulltime, part-time, adjunct, and retired faculty members and staff members affiliated with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as designated by the U.S. Department of Education at the time of application, are eligible to apply.

Dissertation revisions
You may seek funding for a project based on a completed dissertation. You must state in your narrative that the proposal is to revise a dissertation and explain how the new project moves beyond the original dissertation.

Additional Geographic Information:

List of HBCUs:

Currently enrolled students
Individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible to apply. If you have satisfied the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral, you are eligible, but you must include a letter from the dean of the conferring school or your department chair attesting to your status as of the application deadline.

Funding Restrictions can be found at

Pre-Application Information
- Application available: January 11, 2023
- Optional draft due: February 8, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Deadline: April 12, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: December 31, 2023
- Project start date: January 1, 2024 - September 1, 2025

Ensure your registration and password are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration.

NEH recommends you submit your application 48 hours prior to the deadline so that you have time to correct any technical errors. It is your responsibility to correct any errors prior to the deadline.

Cost sharing or matching is not required in this program.

Program staff will review a draft narrative and work plan submitted by February 8, 2023. Staff members will read only one draft per individual per deadline and will not review late drafts. This optional review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. However, previous applicants have found it useful in strengthening their applications.

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Estimated Size of Grant
The amount of the monthly stipend is $5,000 per full-time month (or part-time equivalent). The maximum award is $60,000 for the equivalent of twelve full-time months. The minimum award is $10,000, corresponding to the equivalent of two months of full-time work.

Term of Contract
Period of Performance 2 to 12 months, full-time equivalent. Applicants may work between half time and full time on a project, or in combination.

2023: Projects must start between January 1, 2024, and September 1, 2025

Contact Information
Submit drafts by email to; put “Draft Narrative and Work Plan” in the subject line of the message

If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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