NEH Summer Stipends

National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Stipends for Projects Beginning May 2025

Program Summary: 

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The program works to accomplish this goal by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.
  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective.
  • Furthering the NEH’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the humanities by encouraging applications from independent scholars and faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and community colleges.

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.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars. 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. Each institution of higher education in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members. Any faculty member is eligible for nomination.

Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. An individual may not hold more than one NEH individual award (for example, a Fellowship, a Public Scholar award, or a Summer Stipend) at the same time. Nor may an individual work on a project supported by an NEH institutional award as either a project director or participant while holding an NEH individual award.

Cornell Internal Selection Process:

Investigators should submit the following information in pdf format by the internal deadline of September 1, 2024. Extensions to this deadline will not be made.

  1. A 2-3 page project narrative conveying the ideas, objectives, methods, and work plan. It should also communicate the project's substance and potential contribution to the humanities; include a paragraph describing the intended audience and intended results of the project. If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject matter and audience.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.

Instructions for Electronic Submission of Nominations:

Email the above items in the order listed in one PDF file using this naming convention: PI last name-first initial_NEH-SS.pdf (Example: Smith-J_NEH-SS.pdf) to Amanda Brockner,, no later than September 1, 2024.

Note: Please follow the internal selection guidelines carefully, including adherence to page limits. Proposals not following the guidelines and/or not responsive to the interests of the sponsor may be rejected from the internal competition without review. PIs submitting applications for limited submission competitions are responsible for ensuring they meet the eligibility requirements of the program and funder.