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Fellowships to USA Scholars to Pursue Humanities Research Projects that Require Digital Publication

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication


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Funding Source
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
CFDA Number: 45.160
Funding or PIN Number: 20230419-FEL
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 04/19/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of up to $60,000 to USA scholars for research projects that address issues related to the humanities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that require publication in digital formats.

Through NEH - Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation jointly support competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing interpretive research projects that require digital expression and digital publication. To be considered under this opportunity, an applicant’s plans for digital publication must be integral to the project’s research goals. That is, the project must be conceived as digital because the research topics being addressed and methods applied demand presentation beyond traditional print publication. Competitive submissions embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

NEH - Mellon Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research and prepare digital publications. Successful projects will likely incorporate images, video, audio, manipulable elements, and/or other multimedia materials or flexible reading pathways that could not be included in traditionally published books, as well as an active distribution plan. Anticipated products must be published in digital form and include, but are not limited to, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, websites, virtual exhibitions, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions. Projects may be at any stage of development. 


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related subfields of the social sciences, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

The NEH - Mellon Fellowships program accepts applications from individuals who meet the following requirements.

Citizenship: 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 prior to the application deadline are also eligible. Foreign nationals who take up permanent residence outside the United States any time between the application deadline and the end of the period of performance will forfeit their eligibility to hold an award. (Leaving the U.S. on a temporary basis is permitted.)

Currently enrolled students: If you have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral, you are eligible, but you must include a letter from the dean of the conferring school or your department chair attesting to your status as of the application deadline in Attachment 8: Degree conferral.

You may not use awards made under this notice for the following purposes:
• Stand-alone video documentaries or podcasts
• Stand-alone databases, digitization projects, and other projects that lack an interpretive
• Research and writing leading to traditional print or e-book publications
• Research by students enrolled in a degree program, including research for doctoral
dissertations or theses
• The preparation or revision of textbooks
• Curriculum development
• The development of teaching methods or theories
• The writing of books for children or young adults
• Educational impact, language impact, or technical impact assessments
• Inventories of collections
• The writing of guidebooks, how-to books, and self-help books
• Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
• Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action

Pre-Application Information
- Application available: December 21, 2022
- Optional Draft Deadline: February 28, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Application Deadline: April 19, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time
- Expected notification date: December 15, 2023

Ensure your registration and password are current. NEH will not grant deadline extensions for lack of registration. NEH strongly recommends that you complete your registration at least two weeks before the application deadline.

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Estimated Size of Grant
The amount of the stipend is $5,000 per month. The maximum award is $60,000 for a twelve-month period of performance.

Term of Contract
You may request a period of performance between six and twelve months with a start date between January 1, 2024, and September 1, 2024.

The period of performance is the span of time during which you are committed to working on your NEH-supported project. You should request a period of performance that suits your schedule and the needs of your project. Requesting a shorter period of performance will not improve your chances of receiving an award.

Your period of performance must start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of a month.

Contact Information
If you have questions about the program, contact:
Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

If you have questions about administrative requirements or allowable costs, contact:
Office of Grant Management
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing can contact NEH via Federal Relay at 800-877-8399.

If you have questions about registering or renewing your registration with or, contact the Federal Service Desk, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at:
Federal Service Desk
U.S. calls: 866-606-8220
International calls: +1 334-206-7828

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through, contact Applicant Support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays. at: Applicant Support
Telephone: 1-800-518-4726
International Calls: 606-545-5035

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