NEH Summer Stipends for 2018

NEH Summer Stipends for 2018

NEH Summer Stipends for 2018

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center is now accepting applications from UCSB faculty members for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 2017 Summer Stipend program. To be considered for a Summer Stipend, faculty members must submit all application materials by Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

This is a limited submission funding opportunity. Members of the IHC’s Advisory Board will recommend nominees for this award. As a campus UCSB may submit only two applications.

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals working full-time on a humanities project at any stage of development by providing $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing.

Recipients have produced articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Work in the creative arts or performing arts—such as the writing of fiction or poetry, painting, sculpting composing or performing music, acting, directing, and dance—is not eligible.

Summer Stipend recipients may hold other research grants during the tenure of their awards, but they must work full-time on their projects during the two months of their tenure. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months. U.S. citizens or 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 eligible to apply for a Summer Stipend.

Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the last three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. 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 previously received a Summer Stipend may apply to support a new stage in their project. These applications will be judged by the same criteria as other applications. Previous recipients, however, must wait five years from the time they received their award to reapply.

The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square:  NEH invites projects related to its new initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. This initiative seeks to connect the study of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Many of today’s challenges require more than ever the forms of understanding and knowledge represented by the humanities. They require the broadest possible engagement of scholars and the public with the resources of the humanities, including but not limited to the study of language, literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and ethics. The study of the humanities can help illuminate the complexity of many contemporary challenges while enriching our understanding of the common good.

Note that the Common Good initiative incorporates the Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service.  More information about the Common Good initiative is available here.

Protecting our cultural heritage:  In response to the destruction of cultural heritage materials worldwide, NEH encourages applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials. Proposed projects should be based on scholarly work and follow standards and best practices. Projects must demonstrate the capacity to be sustained and must be widely accessible to the public. For more information click here.

The Summer Stipends program will give equal consideration to all applications in accordance with the program’s evaluation criteria, whether or not they respond to the Common Good initiative or the Standing Together initiative or focus on lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials.

Application Process:

To be eligible for a summer stipend, UCSB faculty members must submit all required application materials as a single PDF to  by 5 pm Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  Nominations will be announced by Thursday, September 8 to give nominees time to revise their proposals for submission to the NEH by its Thursday, September 29, 2016 deadline.

For full information about the stipend and application materials, visit

For further information, please contact Erin Nerstad, IHC Associate Director: