2020 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends

The Syracuse University Office of Research is pleased to announce the Limited Submission Opportunity for the 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends Competition. NEH 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. Summer stipends support projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective.

The NEH will accept only two submissions from tenure-track faculty at Syracuse University. The deadline for internal submissions is Monday, August 17th: proposals must be submitted via the Syracuse University Application Portal here.  

Non-tenure track faculty may apply directly through the NEH website and ignore the procedure for the Limited Submission Opportunity, outlined below.

NEH Program Announcement: https://www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: 2
Internal Submission Due Date: Monday, August 17th 11:59 PM
Selection Notifications: Friday, August 28th
NEH Sponsor Deadline: Wednesday, September 23rd, 5:00 PM

A Limited Submission is a funding opportunity for which the sponsor sets an institutional limit for the number of proposals it will accept. In order to participate, Syracuse University must organize to submit our most competitive proposal(s). This requires an internal competition.

Synopsis of the NEH Summer Stipends Program

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. Summer stipends support projects at any stage of development, but most especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective.

Note: Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Eligibility

Faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions who teach full-time at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. For more information regarding eligibility, please see page 3 of the 2020 NEH Summer Stipends Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

Non-tenure track faculty may apply directly through the website and should ignore the procedure outlined here.

Funding and award period

Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may not hold other non-NEH sources of support (for example, sabbaticals and supplementary funding) or grants for the same project during the Summer Stipend period of performance. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

An 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.

Application Materials

Applicants must submit the following before midnight August 17, 2020 via the Syracuse University Application portal:

  • Title not to exceed 125 characters.
  • Abstract or Project Description not to exceed 1,000 characters, including spaces.
  • Narrative not to exceed three single-spaced pages. Full details of the narrative may be found on page 9 of the 2020 NEH Summer Stipends NOFO under the heading Attachment 1: Narrative.
  • Bibliography not to exceed a single page. Full details of the bibliography may be found on page 11 of the 2020 NEH Summer Stipends NOFO under the heading Attachment 2: Bibliography.
  • Resume not to exceed two pages. Full details of the resume may be found on page 11-12 of the 2020 NEH Summer Stipends NOFO under the heading Attachment 3: Resume.

Internal nominees will be notified before 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020, to provide ample time to revise their proposals and prepare for submission to the NEH before the NEH’s deadline of 5:00 p.m. on 9/23/2020.

Additional Resources

A link to the NEH Summer Stipends Webinar, with closed captions available, may be found on the NEH website here.

Note that the NEH provides a number of Sample Application Narratives on their website (under Step 1: Review on the web page)

You may also refer to the sample narrative from Sascha Scott, Associate Professor and Director of Art History Graduate Studies, in the Department of Art and Music History at Syracuse University, who received the award in 2018 for her project, “Interpreting Early 20th-Century Paintings by Pueblo Artists of the American Southwest” (see “Competition Files” on the right side of your screen).

Limited Submission Selection Process

Each individual interested in submitting a limited submission proposal must submit their application materials to the Syracuse University Application portal before midnight August 17, 2020, using the criteria described in the 2020 NEH Summer Stipends Notice of Funding Opportunity referenced above. All proposals received will undergo peer review.

Under the peer review process, limited submission applications will be evaluated by a review committee that will rank the proposals according to the principal selection criteria provided by the NEH, which includes:

  • the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both;
  • the quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant’s clarity of expression;
  • the feasibility of the proposed plan of work;
  • the quality or promise of quality of the applicant as an interpreter of the humanities;
  • the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project, including dissemination and access plans.

The PI of each project selected to move forward with full proposals to the NEH will be notified by email before 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 28th.

For questions regarding the NEH Summer Stipend Limited Submission process, please contact Sarah Workman, Assistant Director for Proposal Development in the Humanities (srworkma@syr.edu).

For questions regarding use of the Syracuse University Application Portal (InfoReady), please contact Jeffrey Falchi, Research Information Specialist (jtfalchi@syr.edu)

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