National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Program

NEH Program Deadline: September 25, 2019

Cal Poly Nomination Application Deadline: July 8, 2019 (see below for more information)

Program Summary:

  • Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data.
  • Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.
  • Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.  NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.
  • Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Award Information

Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of advanced research that is of value to the humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  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 (for example, sabbaticals and supplementary funding). Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Individuals may not hold more than one NEH individual award at the same time.  Nor may an individual work on a project supported by an NEH institutional award as either a project director or participant while holding an NEH individual award.  And individual may not accept a teaching assignment or undertake any activities diverting the individual from the summer stipend project during the period of performance of the award.


  • U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline are also eligible.
  • 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.
  • Full-time faculty, part-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff are all eligible to apply; however, full-time faculty must be nominated by the University.
  • The University can nominate only two full-time faculty per application cycle.
  • Individuals who have previously received Summer Stipends may apply to support a new stage of their projects.  These applications do not receive special consideration and will be judged by the same criteria as others in the competition.    See full guidelines for additional information.

Program Guidelines and Resources: 2019 Summer Stipend Program Guidelines

Cal Poly Nomination process:

Full-time faculty who plan to submit applications for the NEH Summer Stipend Program must participate in an internal competition for the two University nominations available.

Applications for nomination should be consistent with NEH guidelines and must include:

  • three-page narrative
  • one-page bibliography
  • two-page resume
  • any samples, if required
  • two reference letters

Applications for nomination must be submitted through the faculty member’s academic dean’s office. Each College will select a maximum of two applications to forward to Office of Research and Economic Development to recommend for nomination.  If there are more than two recommended applications campus-wide, the Dean of Research (or his/her designee) and the academic deans (or their representatives) will review the applications and select the two that will receive the University’s nomination.

2019 Internal Deadlines:

Nomination applications are due to the academic deans’ offices no later than July 8, 2019.

Colleges will forward their selected applications to the Dean of Research (c/o Debbie Hart at no later than July 31st.

Campus nominations will be announced by August 9th.

Nominated individuals are responsible for the final submission to NEH through the system, but GDO staff is available to assist.  Faculty are advised to make an appointment with their GDO Analyst for assistance. GDO recommends that faculty begin the electronic submission process several days prior to the actual due date to help ensure that submission can be completed by the NEH deadline.

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