Funding Opportunities

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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.

Call for Preliminary Proposals
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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: September 25, 2019

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.  UNH's Research Development office will assist UNH nominees with the NEH and grants.gov final application process: NEH Summer Stipend guidelines


* Guidelines for Preliminary Proposals
 

UNH Cover Sheet – Please include the following information:
- Applicant Name
- Applicant Department
- 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 include the application components starting on p. 13: 
Application elements

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.  If selected as one of UNH's nominees, you will be asked by NEH to provide the email addresses of your referees, and NEH will contact them. 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.

Please submit your preliminary application (as one Doc or PDF file) via email to humanities.center@unh.edu.

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.

The Center will award up to three 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.  Awardees are expected to participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship and to submit a brief report to the Center on their activities.

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.

Application Deadline

September 27, 2019.  (Please share application materials with Peg.Kirkpatrick@unh.edu by September 20, 2019 to ensure enough time for Dean Dillon to compose the required letter of endorsement.  You must still submit your materials to the Center for the Humanities.)

Faculty Fellows Application Guidelines

Eligibility

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.

Application Deadline

September 27, 2019

Application Materials

  1. Cover Sheet
  2. 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.
    1. Executive Summary – Write a brief, one-paragraph executive summary of your proposed research.
    2. Project Description – Provide a more detailed description of your project and your experience in relation to this specific work.
    3. Impact – Address the significance of your proposed work in your field and for the humanities in general.
    4. Work Plan– Outline the anticipated timeline for your proposed work, including potential publishers, if applicable.
    5. 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.
  3. Project Bibliography of no more than one page.
  4. Vita of no more than two pages.
  5. 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 (Peg.kirkpatrick@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.]
  6. A letter from your department chair is no longer required.  Upon receipt of your application, we will contact your chair for his/her endorsement.
  7. Two or three letters of recommendation sent directly to the Center for the Humanities. (See below.) At least one 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 humanities.center@unh.edu.

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 humanities.center@unh.edu.

View current and past Faculty Fellows

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 (katie.umans@unh.edu, 862-4356).

Please provide five copies of all materials OR submit materials via email to humanities.center@unh.edu.

If you have questions about a proposal, please contact the Center's director, Stephen Trzaskoma (s.trzaskoma@unh.edu), or assistant director, Katie Umans (katie.umans@unh.edu or 862-4356).

Deadline 

The deadline for proposals for the 2020-2021 series is October 27, 2019.

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 about any major shifts in available funds or anticipated costs.

Budget Item Approximate Cost
Administrative/faculty stipend $3,500
Honoraria ($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
   
TOTAL BUDGET $25,000

Past Sidore Series 

  • 2018-2019: "Contextualizing and Reframing the Opioid Crisis in New Hampshire"
  • 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

2018-2019: Contextualizing and Reframing the Opioid Crisis in New Hampshire

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

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

1998-1999: Bioethics

1997-1998: Blackness and Whiteness

1996-1997: The Idea of New England

The Center will award grants of up to $3,000 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. If the end date will be later than June 30, 2020, please note this, with justification, in your timeline.  If you encounter an unanticipated need to extend your work beyond June 30, 2020, 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.

Proposal Deadline

September 27, 2019

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.

Please email applications to humanities.center@unh.edu.

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Grants of up to $500 are available to faculty in support of various endeavors in the humanities. Discretionary grants support research, 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.  Talks and presentations by visiting scholars must have monetary sponsorship from at least one additional department beyond the host department in order to be considered.

To apply, write or email the center director (S.Trzaskoma@unh.edu), providing a succinct description of the project including a budget. 


How to Access Your Center Funding

Encumbrances: For payments within UNH (such as catering, space rental, parking, or printing), the Center’s Assistant Director can provide you with an encumbrance number to charge.

Reimbursement: Travel, business meals, supplies, and other misc. expenses can usually be handled via reimbursement—see policies and forms.  You will need to include receipts or other documentation (including agendas for conferences attended), as well as the original email from the Center’s Director authorizing use of Center funds.  Please note that individuals from outside UNH who do not already have vendor records will need to complete and fax in the relevant tax forms (usually the substitute W9) in order to receive payment and that visitors from outside the United States require additional forms and approvals (see this page for information and forms).  Please also note new USNH policies require reimbursements to be processed within 45 days of date of purchase or completion of business trip.  Completed forms should be forwarded to the Center’s Assistant Director for the Director’s approval and signature.

Honoraria: An honorarium may be offered to express appreciation to an outside scholar for their time, expertise, and engagement with the campus community—see honorarium request form and related policies. As above, note the need for the relevant tax forms.  Completed honorarium request forms, signed by the sponsoring faculty or staff member, should be forwarded to the Center’s Assistant Director for the Director’s approval and signature.

Pcard: If you are a Pcard holder, you may use it for eligible expenses.  The Center can provide funding codes for you to submit to your contact at the COLA BSC, who can then sweep charges from the correct accounts.  You will need to include scans of receipts or other documentation, as well as the original email from the Center’s Director authorizing use of Center funds.  Please cc the Center’s Assistant Director in any communications with the BSC requesting a charge to one of our accounts. 

Services: If you are hiring someone to provide services, please work with your BSC and/or HR contact to establish the best way to arrange payment.  It may be helpful to start by providing the individual’s name and contact information, the scope of work, the dates of work, and your desired payment.  Depending on various factors, such as the job status of the individual and the nature of the work, you might be advised to make a direct payment (via invoice), initiate hiring paperwork, or fill out an Independent Contractor Agreement and checklist.

Supplemental or Summer Pay: If you are compensating UNH faculty or staff for their time, please see compensation policies and forms.

Please note that your discretionary grant funds must be expended by the end of the fiscal year for which they were awarded.

$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.

Rationale

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.

Criteria

Required criteria:

  • 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.

UNH Manchester

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 mihaela.sabin@unh.edu.
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 up to 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.

Additional information

For further information, please contact Katie Umans, Assistant Director, UNH Center for the Humanities.

Email: katie.umans@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-4356

Deadline

Proposals should be submitted electronically to the Center for the Humanities by October 28, 2019. Please submit to humanities.center@unh.edu. 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.

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 2022 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.

Award Description

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
  • Exhibitions

Submission

The deadline for 2019 has passed.  New opportunities will be announced in 2020.  Please check back.  Once a new funding cycle is open, you may contact Katie Umans, Assistant Director at the UNH Center for the Humanities, 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 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.

Reporting Requirements

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