The Center for the Humanities hosts and sponsors interdisciplinary conferences; supports faculty programs, projects, and lectures; and offers faculty fellowships, an endowed chair, stipends, and workshops.
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends (for projects beginning May 2020)
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend competition consists of two phases.
Phase I - Preliminary Proposals - UNH Deadline: August 23, 2019
The Center for the Humanities invites interested faculty to submit preliminary NEH Summer Stipend proposals by midnight on Friday, August 23, 2019. The preliminary proposal must include a cover letter, narrative, bibliography, and CV (compiled and submitted as one Doc or PDF, please). See guidelines below. The NEH requires institutional nomination of up to two faculty members for these awards. A panel of UNH faculty will meet to recommend the two nominees for the NEH competition.
Phase II - NEH Deadline for final proposals: TBD
Faculty or staff members of institutions of higher education must be nominated by the institution. The Center for the Humanities at UNH administers that nomination process. You may not submit directly to NEH without first submitting a UNH preliminary proposal in August. Please see Phase I instructions above.
Guidelines for Preliminary Proposals
The UNH Research Development Office will assist UNH nominees with the NEH and grants.gov final application process.
UNH Cover Sheet – Please include the following information:
Applicant Field of Study
Project Field of Study
Address (either home or work)
Brief Summary of Project (150 words maximum)
To complete the rest of your UNH proposal, please follow the "Application elements" found in this packet (starting on p.9).
Project Narrative – Must not exceed three single-spaced pages. Please use NEH headings and see guidelines for what to include in each section:
- Research and contribution
- Methodology and work plan
- Competencies, skills, and access
- Final product and dissemination
Project Bibliography - Must not exceed one single-spaced page.
Résumé/Curriculum Vita- Must not exceed two single-spaced pages.
Appendix—Only for Editions, Translations, or Database Projects, or for Proposals that Include Visual Materials, or for proposals from applicants who have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral.
Reference Letters - Not required for preliminary applications. However, please be prepared to supply two letters of reference to NEH by their September deadline.
You will be asked to provide the email addresses of your referees, and NEH will contact them. However, you should discuss your request with your references prior to submission. Reference letters should provide important information about you and your project. Referees should discuss the project's significance to the field, the intended audience, the likely outcome, the general quality of your work, and your ability to carry out the project successfully. Ideally, no more that one referee should be from your home institution. There is no length restriction on reference letters.
Please submit your preliminary application (as one Doc or PDF file) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call 862-4356 if you have questions about this preliminary proposal process.
Funded by the Center's general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, Faculty Research Fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations.
Recognizing that faculty demographics have changed, the Center will award up to four faculty fellowships a year with one interdisciplinary panel reading all applications. Although the panel will be urged to give special consideration to proposals from junior faculty, there will no longer be "senior" and "junior" categories. The Center's goal is to support excellence and innovation in humanities scholarship at UNH.
The Center is particularly interested in encouraging humanities faculty to seek external funding for subsequent phases of their research. Proposals that detail plans to apply for outside funding often gain a competitive edge in panel discussions. Applicants should identify potential funding sources and deadlines, and discuss how that funding would further the applicant's research.
Fellowships may be held in either semester. Fellows may occupy a research office in the Center on a space-available basis. Each fellowship provides replacement costs to the fellow's home department. Awardees are expected to participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.
The fellowships are available to full time, tenure track faculty from any UNH department or program so long as their research falls within the humanities and their proposals are supported by their department chair and dean. Fellows may combine their fellowship with a semester-long sabbatical leave, if they have the endorsements of their dean and department chair. A selection committee convened by the Center will award the fellowships.
Faculty who have held Center for the Humanities fellowships are welcome to apply for a subsequent fellowship to be held at least five years following the previous award.
September 28, 2018. (Please share application materials with email@example.com by September 21, 2018 to ensure enough time for Dean Bostic to compose the required letter of endorsement. You must still submit your materials to the Center for the Humanities.
Faculty Fellows Application Guidelines
The fellowships are available to faculty from any UNH department or program so long as their research falls within the humanities and they have the support of their department chair and dean. Faculty who have held Center for the Humanities fellowships are welcome to apply for a subsequent fellowship to be held at least five years following the previous award. Faculty fellows may combine their fellowship with a semester-long sabbatical leave, if they have the endorsements of their dean and department chair. A selection committee convened by the Center will award the fellowships.
Criteria for Selection
Applications will be judged on the basis of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the proposed project; the significance the work is likely to have in the applicant's field and in the humanities broadly conceived; and the probability that the fellow will complete his or her project or a substantive and well-defined segment of the project.
The Center is particularly interested in encouraging humanities faculty to seek external funding for subsequent phases of their research. Applicants should identify potential funding sources and deadlines, and discuss how that funding would further the applicant's research.
September 28, 2018
- Cover Sheet
- Proposal Narrative - No more than three single-spaced pages in 12 point type to include the following sections. Be sure to write for a non-specialist, cross-disciplinary panel of reviewers.
- Executive Summary – Write a brief, one-paragraph executive summary of your proposed research.
- Project Description – Provide a more detailed description of your project and your experience in relation to this specific work.
- Impact – Address the significance of your proposed work in your field and for the humanities in general.
- Work Plan– Outline the anticipated timeline for your proposed work, including potential publishers, if applicable.
- Additional Funding for Subsequent Research – For priority consideration, identify outside funding sources with deadlines and detail your plans to apply. This section may be appended to the three-page narrative limit.
- Project Bibliography of no more than one page.
- Vita of no more than two pages.
- Endorsement from dean. [To allow the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts sufficient time to write an endorsement of proposals for humanities center fellowships, please submit a copy of the proposal narrative to the COLA office (Rachel.Deane@unh.edu) at least five working days in advance of the deadline for submitting your proposal to the Center for the Humanities. Please note that all materials must still be sent by you to the Center for the Humanities. The dean's office will not forward them.]
- A letter from your department chair is no longer required. Upon receipt of your application, we will contact your chair for his/her endorsement.
- Three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Center for the Humanities. (See below.) At least two of the letters must come from recommenders outside of UNH. Letters should address the significance of the research and the abilities of the applicant to engage in the project.
Please submit cover sheet, proposal narrative, bibliography, and vita by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters of endorsement and recommendation should go directly to the Center for the Humanities via mail or email:
Mail: UNH Center for the Humanities, 305 Huddleston Hall, 73 Main St., Durham, NH 03824
Email: (PDF format on institution stationery, signed) to email@example.com.
General Proposal Guidelines
Organized thematically, the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series presents speakers in engaging presentations directed at the broad university community as well as the public beyond the university. Funded in part by an annual gift from the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation, the series has, for more than thirty years, been a highlight of the academic year.
We welcome colleagues from across the university to submit proposals on timely and important themes. Topics need not be in the humanities. Recent Sidore series have focused on personal genomic medicine, cultural heritage, global activism, public health and personal liberty, the drug wars, and sustainability.
In recent years, the series has generally presented five or six lectures over the course of either the academic year or one semester. You are also welcome to recast the format. For example, it might be desirable to offer the lectures in a series of evening presentations over the course of a week or two.
Faculty members may submit proposals as individuals or groups, and they may involve staff and students in their planning. A panel convened by the Center for the Humanities will review proposals. Proposals should include:
- A cogent discussion of the proposed lecture series theme and its significance to the university community.
- A list of prospective speakers with a summary of their credentials. Please note that the Sidore Foundation does not fund speakers who are on the rosters of speaker bureaus or have agents, and they encourage us to present interesting and engaging speakers, even if those speakers are not well known.
- A discussion of the series format and scheduling.
- A budget outlining expenses. See sample budget below.
Proposals should not exceed five pages.
In recognition of the considerable time and effort involved in organizing the Sidore Lectures, up to $3500 of the award may be used for staff support, or a summer stipend. In the case of collaborative proposals, the funds can be applied to smaller summer stipends for more than one person. Please stipulate a use for the stipend in your proposal.
The Center for the Humanities will continue to be the primary on-campus sponsor of the Sidore Lectures. The Center will provide limited administrative support for the series by offering guidance on financial management and publicity through the Center's webpage and email distribution list.
Project directors will be responsible for inviting and scheduling speakers and venues, planning publicity, and other substantive responsibilities.
For an overview of the process of directing such a lecture series, please contact the Center for the Humanities assistant director (firstname.lastname@example.org, 862-4356).
Please provide five copies of all materials OR submit materials via email to email@example.com.
If you have questions or need more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 862-4356.
The deadline for proposals for the 2019-2020 series is October 26, 2018.
Sample Budget for Sidore Series
Each year, the Sidore Series is supported by the Sidore family foundation with administrative support from the UNH Center for the Humanities. What follows is an approximate budget based on income and costs associated with previous years. Organizers should consult with the UNH Center for the Humanities assistant director about any major shifts in available funds or anticipated costs.
|Budget Item||Approximate Cost|
|Honoria ($1,333 x 6 or 1,600 x 5)||$8,000|
|Travel for speakers (airfare and ground)||$4,000|
|Publicity: Posters, flyers, ads, mailing||$2,500|
|Accomodations for speakers (2 nights each)||$1,500|
|Meals (including invited dinner after event)||$2,300|
|Refreshments at event||$1,200|
|Misc. costs (supplies, purchase of books, room rental, a.v. equip, etc,)||$2,000|
Past Sidore Series
- 2017-2018: "Who Owns the Past?"
- 2016-2017: "Who's Human Now?" Historical and Philosophical Ideas About Humanity and Personhood
- 2015-2016: Personal Genomic Medicine
- 2014-2015: #change: Inside Global Activism (click to watch videos)
- 2013-2014: Your Liberty or Your Health? Exploring the Tensions among Public Health, Individual Liberty, and Government Authority
- 2012-2013: The Drug Wars: Views from the South and the North
- 2011-2012: Sustainability Unbound
- 2010-2011: Sea Stories for the Future
- 2009-2010: The Ghana Connection
- 2008-2009: Can Schools Reduce Inequality?
- 2007-2008: Exploring Democracy at Home and Abroad
- 2006-2007: Violence Against Women: Complicating the Legacy of Andrea Dworkin
- 2005-2006: Modernity and Evil
- 2004-2005: Research and the Public Interest
- 2003-2004: Eating as a Moral Act
- 2002-2003: Educating Bodies: Culture, Power and Socialization
- 2001-2002: Globalization and Social Movements
- 2000-2001: Education for the New Millenium
- 1999-2000: Women and Religion
- 1998-1999: Bioethics
- 1997-1998: Blackness and Whiteness
- 1996-1997: The Idea of New England
Previous Sidore Series
2016-2017: "Who's Human Now?" Historical and Philosophical Ideas About Humanity and Personhood
2015-2016 Personal Genomic Medicine
2014-2015 #change: Inside Global Activism
2013-2014 Your Liberty or Your Health: Exploring the Tensions among Public Health, Individual Liberty, and Governmental Authority
2012-2013: The Drug Wars: Views from the South and the North
2011-2012: Sustainability Unbound
2010-2011: Sea Stories for the Future
2009-2010: The Ghana Connection
2008-2009: Can Schools Reduce Inequality?
2007-2008: Exploring Democracy at Home and Abroad
2006-2007: Violence Against Women: Complicating the Legacy of Andrea Dworkin
2005-2006: Modernity and Evil
2004-2005: Research and the Public Interest
2003-2004: Eating as a Moral Act
2002-2003: Educating Bodies: Culture, Power and Socialization
2001-2002: Globalization and Social Movements
2000-2001: Education for the New Millenium
1999-2000: Women and Religion
1997-1998: Blackness and Whiteness
1996-1997: The Idea of New England
The Center will award up to three grants of up to $5000 in support of expenses related to research and other humanities endeavors including: public programs, visiting speakers, and curriculum development, and interdisciplinary conferences. Our intention is to be as flexible as possible in support of an excellent and creative program, project, or conference in the humanities. This award can be carried over into the next fiscal year. If the end date will be later than June 30, 2019, please note this, with justification, in your timeline. If you encounter an unanticipated need to extend your work beyond June 30, 2019, you must write to the Center with a new budget and timeline, as well as an explanation for the change. Center approval is required to approve payouts past the cut-off.
In the past, such grants have supported travel for research purposes, the acquisition of special research materials, library collection development, visiting speakers, public programs, the purchase of research equipment, technical assistance, conferences, public programs, and other expenses associated with faculty projects in the humanities. The grants might also provide support for interdisciplinary undertakings such as faculty seminars and colloquia. They can provide seed money for projects, particularly those leading to major proposals to outside funding agencies. They can contribute to ongoing projects such as summer institutes for schoolteachers. In sum, Programs, Projects, and Interdisciplinary Conferences Grants are intended to be responsive to the needs and goals of the faculty.
All full-time, tenure track faculty are eligible to apply, so long as the project falls within the humanities. An interdisciplinary panel of faculty members will review the proposals.
September 28, 2018
For projects, please submit a proposal with the following sections:
- Cover sheet with this information:
- Project Title
- Names and positions of UNH project organizer(s)
- Expected timetable of project
- Proposal narrative no longer than five single-spaced pages of 12-point type which addresses these questions:
- Purpose and details about the project
- Project design and plan of work
- The significance of the project or research to the humanities
- How will the project be promoted and publicized?
- How will the results of the project be evaluated?
- Budget noting any other sources of funding (secured, pending, or still to be solicited).
- Vitae of project organizer(s), not more than two pages each.
For interdisciplinary conferences please submit a proposal which covers the following elements:
- Cover sheet with this information:
- Conference title
- Names and positions of UNH conference organizers
- Names and titles of external co-sponsors
- Date and location of conference
- Proposal narrative no longer than five single-spaced pages of 12-point type which addresses these questions:
- What are the goals of the conference?
- How are the qualifications and experiences of the organizers and presenters related to the conference goals?
- How significant is the conference topic or theme for research in the humanities?
- What is the conference design?
- Who are the key presenters, and are they tentatively committed to participate?
- How will the conference be promoted and publicized?
- How will the results of the conference be disseminated?
- Budget noting any other sources of funding (secured, pending, or still to be solicited).
- Vitae of conference directors, not more than two pages each.
Grants of up to $1,000 are available to faculty in support of various endeavors in the humanities. Discretionary grants support research, manuscript preparation, curriculum development, travel for research and for external funding development, visiting speakers, public and outreach programs, and other humanities projects. They are not available for travel to conferences in the U.S. (although they may support travel to conferences abroad, in the absence of other funding) or programs, such as visiting speakers, whose audience is limited to individual classes.
To apply, write or email the center assistant director (email@example.com), providing a succinct description of the project including a budget.
$5000 Fellowship in Publicly Engaged Humanities
With generous support from the Senior Vice Provost for Research, the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Outreach, and the Provost, the UNH Center for the Humanities is offering one Fellowship of $5000 in Publicly Engaged Humanities. This award will enable an individual humanities scholar or team to undertake a collaborative project, partnering with community or other public organizations, bringing humanities scholarship to bear in the context of advancing democracy, civic life, and the public good. We are particularly interested in funding initiatives at UNH Manchester as well as the Durham campus.
For examples of publicly engaged projects from our first three years, please see our Public Humanities Profiles.
Many universities have encouraged their faculty to undertake engaged scholarship, partnering with communities and public organizations for mutual benefit. This is especially consonant with the mission of land-grant universities, which were created for the public good. Faculty who do engaged scholarship typically represent areas of the university other than the humanities, fields considered to have applied dimensions. Our initiative aims to expand the cohort of scholars who practice engaged work.
Our goal is to provide resources for colleagues whose work demonstrates the importance of the humanities for the public good. The humanities have sometimes been critiqued as insular, not able to speak clearly to audiences beyond small disciplinary groups. More broadly, universities are increasingly criticized as remote from public issues, concerns, and priorities. The Fellowships in Publicly Engaged Humanities will broaden the participation of UNH humanities faculty in engaged work, helping the institution reimagine the nature and scope of engaged scholarship. The Fellowships will be one way to demonstrate the importance and utility of the humanities in public life.
- Sustained work that blends academic humanities expertise and community interests, focusing on mutual benefits and a clearly defined outcome, and leading to a product that exemplifies engaged scholarship
- Project-oriented collaborative and committed relationships or partnerships pairing humanities scholars or teams with organizations at the community level or elsewhere in the public realm
- Work that has the potential to attract external funding
Although these are not required, we are especially interested in proposals that include the following:
- Risk-taking and innovation
- Interdisciplinary collaboration, among humanities scholars or linking humanities scholars to colleagues in the arts, STEM, or social science disciplines
Tenured or tenure-track faculty must lead the project. Student participation in faculty-led projects is welcome.
Community work need not be confined to New Hampshire or even the United States, so long as it represents a sustained relationship and benefits the community with which the scholar is partnering.
The program emphasizes sustained collaboration and partnership with community organizations, mutual respect among academic and community partners, and the recognition that knowledge and expertise are not the exclusive purview of academic practitioners. In that context, the program will not give funding priority to projects such as lectures by faculty in libraries, faculty books written “because the public will be interested,” and other such endeavors, all of which are indisputably valuable but do not demonstrate the kind of ongoing partnerships we intend to encourage.
We are particularly interested in UNH-M’s participation in this program. The city of Manchester should be an especially fertile place for the sorts of projects we expect to support, and we hope that UNH-M faculty will be especially interested in this initiative, as well as Durham faculty who may wish to work in the Manchester area. The UNH STEM Discovery Lab, located on the UNH-M campus, works with K-12 students and teachers, includes language arts among its priorities, and is particularly interested in collaborating with humanities faculty, both in Manchester and Durham. Professor Mihaela Sabin, faculty director, invites faculty to contact her to discuss project ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNH Manchester Stem Discovery Lab
The $5000 Awards
The fellowship awards may be used in any way that advances the fellows’ engaged scholarship. In some cases, the funds may support direct project expenses. They may also be paid as direct fellowships, enabling faculty members to devote significant time to the project.
Guidelines for proposals
Proposals should include a narrative of five single-spaced pages outlining the project, situating it in the humanities, demonstrating how it meets the criteria outlined above, and discussing the need for such a project. It should provide information on project participants, community partners, and the terms of the collaboration with an off-campus entity. We encourage the inclusion of a letter of commitment from community partners. Finally, the proposal should discuss the project’s results, including what the community partner will gain, any scholarly product that will result, and how the project is in the public interest.
Please append a c.v. of no more than five pages, a letter of commitment or agreement from the community partner, and a short budget for the $5000 award.
For further information, please contact Katie Umans, Assistant Director, UNH Center for the Humanities.
Phone: (603) 862-4356
Proposals should be submitted electronically to the Center for the Humanities by October 26, 2018. Please submit to email@example.com. A panel will consider all proposals with a goal of making an award by the end of November.
Resources for Public Humanities
For information on engaged scholarship at UNH and on a number of other organizations involved in public humanities projects, these links may be useful.
- UNH Engagement and Academic Outreach
- AACU Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching
- NEH Division of Public Programs
- Imagining America
- National Humanities Alliance Engaged Humanities Story Map
- The Heyman Center for the Humanities (Columbia University)
- John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage (Brown University)
- Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (University of Florida)
- Center for the Humanities (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
- Public Humanities at the Humanities Research Center (Rice University)
The James H. Hayes and Clare Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities
Solicitation for expressions of interest
The Center for the Humanities invites short expressions of interest from colleagues who wish to be considered for an appointment to the Hayes Chair in the Humanities. James H. Hayes was a colorful UNH alumnus, a successful New Hampshire businessman, a generous philanthropist, and a civic leader devoted to New Hampshire politics and traditions. In 1992, James H. Hayes endowed a faculty chair at the University of New Hampshire for research and teaching to "concentrate on New Hampshire's history, culture and government."
The Center for the Humanities invites faculty to submit short expressions of interest in being considered for appointment to a five-year term as the chair beginning in the fall 2021 semester. The chair currently carries an annual budget of approximately $67,000, which past chairs have used to support research assistants, to sponsor conferences, for course buy-outs, for materials and travel, and for other expenses related to the chair’s research.
Expressions of interest should be limited to one paragraph not more than 500 words. They should explain how the faculty member’s work, past and present, relates to the purpose of the chair—research and teaching to "concentrate on New Hampshire's history, culture and government." Please include a brief statement as to how you would utilize the chair and a short statement as to how you would use the funds it provides.
The Center for the Humanities will convene a panel to review expressions of interest as the first step in the eventual selection of the next Hayes Chair.
For more information contact Katie Umans at (603) 862-4356.
New England Humanities Consortium Request for Proposals
Guidelines and Application
NEHC Mission and Overview
The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) promotes and strengthens intellectual collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovative educational, intercultural, and curricular programming among New England Humanities centers and institutes, and the faculty, students, and regional, national, and global communities they serve. NEHC includes: Amherst College, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. The Humanities Institute of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut is the executive and administrative hub of the NEHC through 2020.
The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is offering competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network of the consortium. Awards are intended are not to exceed $9,500. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for consortium membership involvement. Such involvement can take different forms, but will typically involve, e.g. direct collaboration between two or more member institutions and/or active and exclusive solicitation of faculty or students from member institutions. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution. Potential areas of funding interest include the following (this list is by no means exhaustive):
- Collaborative research projects
- Summer Seminars
- Study or Working groups
- Shared Speakers
- Collaborative course design
Please contact Katie Umans, Assistant Director at the UNH Center for the Humanities, by February 15 if you have a project you would like put forward for consideration. If your project is selected, you will be invited to submit a full proposal (see application guidelines and procedures below) for NEHC’s March 25 deadline. Your initial pitch should include the basics in one Word doc/PDF: 1) brief description of the project and its goals, 2) the participants, 3) a timeline, 4) opportunities you see for collaboration with the other institutions in NEHC, and 5) brief budget overview. Please do not exceed two pages.
If you would like to reach out to other NEHC institutions to discuss potential collaboration prior to submitting an idea and are in need of introductions, please contact Katie Umans.
Application Procedure and Timeline
Applications must be approved and submitted by the UNH Center for the Humanities and should not be sent directly to NEHC! See “Submission” section above.
If invited to submit a full proposal, you will be asked to put together the following proposal elements:
1. Cover page (1 page) stating
- Title of the project
- Name, department, and NEHC school representation of PI(s)
- Requested funding amount
2. Project narrative (2 pages, single spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt font) detailing the
- Goals of the project
- How those goals address those of NEHC
- Plans for involving NEHC member institutions and which institutions in particular will be involved
- How those goals will be pursued
- Names and roles of participants
- Expected outcomes and/or deliverables
- Plans for seeking external funding if any
- Project timeline describing completion of project goals and outcomes
3. CV (2 page) of Principal Investigator(s)
4. Budget and Award Period:
- Awards will not exceed $9,500
- The award period will typically not exceed one (1) AY and should be stated in the application timeline.
- The awardees will be required to submit a detailed summary of the project at the end of their funding term.
All PIs will be required to submit a two-page report no more than (1) month after the end of the award period as specified in the award letter. The report should detail and substantiate progress on the following elements of the project:
- The extent to which project goals have been met
- Specific indicators or signs of success
- Outcomes and/or deliverables achieved
- Number of NEHC member institutions (and faculty/students) involved