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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NEH Summer Stipend 2023

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:June 23, 2022
Subject:NEH Summer Stipend 2023


Deadline for Internal Review:September 07, 2022

Project Description

This opportunity has been archived and replaced by NEH Summer Stipend 2024

The internal competition for National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipends is a great opportunity for faculty seeking summer salary support for humanities research. The UW-Madison has the opportunity to nominate up to two faculty to the national NEH summer stipend competition. The nominees are chosen by a subcommittee of the Research Committee. Anyone advanced to the national competition automatically receives 2/9ths summer salary support from the OVCRGE irrespective of whether or not they are successful in the national competition. Tenured faculty with distinguished publishing records are especially encouraged to apply.

Amount per Award: $6,000
Duration of Award: continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months
Number of Awards: 81 Awards per year– last 5 years average


Scholars in all humanities and humanistic social sciences disciplines pursuing

  • advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
  • projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • projects resulting in articles, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources

More on the program’s definition of ‘humanities’, funding restrictions, proposal guidelines, and review criteria, as well as examples of successful proposals, may be found here:

UW–Madison may nominate 2 faculty.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

The proposal needs to be submitted to the internal UW competition by September 7, 2022. The review committee will provide feedback to successful nominees by September 14, 2022. Nominees are responsible for submitting their revised proposals to the NEH through prior to 4:30pm on September 21, 2022, as an individual applicant.

Please note that you need to register or verify your personal registration with by September 7, 2022.  The system will not allow you to submit a Summer Stipends application through an institutional account.

Utilize the following opportunity number: 20220921-FT.

Applicants should format pages with one-inch margins and with a font size no smaller than eleven point. Single-spacing is permissible (and is the norm among successful applications). Your proposal should contain the following items in order:

  • Cover Sheet including name, contact information, title of project and statement confirming registration as an individual applicant in
  • CV (two single-spaced pages; be sure to follow NEH guidelines)
  • Narrative (three single-spaced pages)
  • Work plan (one single-spaced page)
  • Bibliography (one single-spaced page)
  • Names and titles of two referees (do not include letters for the internal review committee)

To submit your application for internal review, please email your proposal as a single PDF to


The narrative provides a comprehensive framework and description of all aspects of the proposed project.  It should not assume specialized knowledge and should be free of technical terms and jargon. Be sure to use the following section headings. The NEH Notice of Funding Opportunity explains the review criteria that will be used to evaluate each section.

Significance and contribution

Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. State the project’s thesis or claim and provide an overview, explaining the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study. Explain how the project will complement, challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field.

Organization and methods

Describe your method(s) and clarify the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend. For a dissertation revision, state that your project is to revise a dissertation. Explain how you plan to move beyond the original dissertation, and how the new project will benefit from the addition. For book projects, explain how the final project will be organized. If possible, provide a brief chapter outline. For article projects, provide an overview of the article, including details about the argument, sources, and word count. For digital projects, describe the technologies that will be used and developed, and explain how the scholarship will be presented to benefit audiences in the humanities. For edition or translation projects, describe the annotations or other scholarly apparatus that you plan to include. If you are proposing to translate into English a work for which other English translations already exist, provide a rationale for the new translation.

Competencies, skills, and access

Explain your competence in the area of your project. If the area of inquiry is new to you, explain your reasons for working in it and your qualifications to do so. Specify your level of competence in any language or digital technology needed for the study. Describe where the study will be conducted and what research materials will be used. If relevant, specify the arrangements for access to archives, collections, or institutions that contain the necessary resources. If the project involves materials under copyright, indicate your plans for securing the necessary permission to publish.

Final product and dissemination

Describe the intended audience and the intended results of the project. If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject matter and audience. While a publication contract is not required, describe expressions of interest from publisher(s), if applicable.

If the final product will appear in a language other than English, explain how access and dissemination will be affected.

If you are planning to develop a website or other digital material, explain how the public will access the material. Since NEH expects recipients to provide broad access to all award products, insofar as the conditions of the materials and intellectual property rights allow, explain any plans that would require a paywall or other charge for digital access. If the project has a website, provide the URL.

NEH expects that any materials produced in digital form as a result of its awards will be maintained to ensure their long-term availability. To that end, describe how the project’s digital results, if any, will be maintained and supported beyond the period of performance.


Your work plan must not exceed one page. NEH will primarily review your proposed work plan for its feasibility and appropriateness.

Summarize your work plan, describing the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend and the activities or steps that you will use during the period of performance to carry it out. Use a timeline that includes each activity. Your work plan must be based on a full-time commitment to the project for two consecutive months; part-time work is not allowed. If you do not anticipate finishing the entire project during the period of performance, discuss your plan for doing so.

NEH understands that your work plan may change as your project develops, but it should not depend heavily on factors beyond your control, such as the receipt of outside reviewers’ reports from a publisher. If you plan to submit a manuscript for publication before the end of the period of performance, explain what additional work will be required and why it merits support.

If you and another researcher are seeking funds for the same project, identify them and state if they have received or submitted a proposal for NEH support. Clearly explain how the work will be divided and the extent to which each collaborator’s contribution depends on that of the other.


Your bibliography should consist of primary and secondary sources that relate directly to the project. Include works that pertain to both the project’s substance and its theoretical or methodological approaches to give a well-rounded representation of your project. Evaluators will use the bibliography to assess your knowledge of the subject area. NEH will primarily consider your bibliography as indicating the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Your bibliography must not exceed a single page. Any standard bibliographic format is acceptable. Items referenced in the narrative need not appear in the bibliography, if the citation in the narrative enables readers to identify the work.

Address questions to Florence Hsia,

Expected notification date: April 15, 2023

Project start date: May 1, 2023

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to NEH by September 21, 2022.