National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend 2015

To:  Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; School/College Research Administrators
From: Lea Jacobs, Associate Dean, Graduate School
Date: June 10, 2014
Subject: 2015 NEH Summer Stipend


{excerpt}Applications are due for internal review at 4:30 pm, September 8, 2014.{/excerpt}

Project Description:

The NEH defines the term humanities as including, but not limited to, "the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life." The field of the project determines the eligibility for a stipend, not the field of the applicant.

Stipends from NEH, at $3,000 per month, must be used for two consecutive months of full time summer study or research. Thanks to the generous participation of WARF and the Graduate School Research Committees, UW–Madison institutional nominees who are eligible for Research Committee support will receive insurance/supplementation up to 2/9ths of their present academic year salaries. All nominees are encouraged to submit an application to the Fall Research Competition.


UW–Madison may submit two proposals. The Graduate School will convene a subcommittee of the Graduate School Research Committee to review the proposals internally and select the projects to be forwarded to NEH.

  • Nominees should be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline
  • Members of our faculty who hold the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor may be nominated
  • Adjunct faculty, academic faculty with appointments terminating by the summer of 2015, and other scholars not employed by colleges or universities are exempt from nomination by the institution, and may apply directly online to the NEH.
  • A person who has held a major fellowship or research grant within the last three academic years prior to the deadline is not eligible to apply. 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.
  • Individuals who have received previous NEH summer stipend support may apply to support a new stage of their projects.  Accomplishments from prior awards will be considered in the review for additional support.


This contains additional information on the program and specific application instructions.

Internal Competition Application Instructions:

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)

* A LIST OF THE 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.)

3. Save application as a pdf file.

4. Submit the application as an email attachment to by 4:30 pm, September 8, 2014 with "NEH-applicant’s name" in the subject line of the email message.

For the candidates selected, the complete proposal must be submitted using as an individual. The NEH deadline is September 30, 2014, for projects beginning May 2015.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact Dave Schuster (608) 263-7274 or email