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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEH Summer Stipend 2017

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Lea Jacobs, Associate Vice Chancellor for Arts and Humanities
Date:June 24, 2016
Subject:National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend 2017 - 20160929-FT


Deadline for Internal Review:September 14, 2016

Project Description

Each year, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has an opportunity to nominate two faculty members for the NEH summer stipend competition. Our nominees are chosen from the campus-wide applicant pool by a subcommittee of the Research Committee within the VCRGE. The NEH stipulates as a condition of UW participation in this competition that the nominees selected be guaranteed two months of summer salary support from the University (funded by WARF) irrespective of whether or not they are ultimately successful in the national competition. This is a great opportunity and we hope you will encourage your faculty to apply.

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, editions, or other scholarly resources.
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.
Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars.



The Summer Stipends program accepts applications only from individual researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants with college or university affiliations must, however, be nominated by their institutions.
Organizations are not eligible to apply for Summer Stipends.
Formal education
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, 2016.
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.
Recent grants and fellowships held by the applicant
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.
Previously supported projects
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. However, NEH will ask evaluators to review the accomplishments from the prior Summer Stipends award and determine if the project warrants additional support.
Nomination of college and university faculty
Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend

Amount per Award: $6,000
Duration of Award: 2 Months of full-time research and writing
Number of Awards: 81 Awards – last 5 years average

UW–Madison may Nominate 2 Individuals.



Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Upload a PDF with the following information:

1. Prepare applications in 12-point font, single-spaced. There is no limit on the number of nominations that can be received from a department.
2. Include the following sections in the candidate’s application for the internal review. Please note that a letter of nomination from the department chair is not needed for this competition.


* RESUME (not to exceed two single-spaced pages)
Current & Past Positions
Awards & Honors
Other Relevant Professional Activities & Accomplishments

* NARRATIVE (three single-spaced pages)
Research & Contribution
Methods and Work Plan
Competencies, Skills and Access
Final Product and Dissemination

* A BIBLIOGRAPHY (not to exceed one single-spaced page)

*NAMES AND TITLES OF TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO WRITE REFERENCE LETTERS. (We suggest that applicants do not ask referees for letters until the selection committee has completed its work.)


Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to National Endowment for the Humanites by September 29, 2016.