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NEH Summer Stipend

The Office of Research and Engagement (ORE) is seeking internal nominations for the NEH Summer Stipend program for projects beginning in May 2019. NEH Summer Stipends provide $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, digital resources, or other scholarly tools.

The University is limited to two institutional nominees. In the event that more than two eligible UT faculty are nominated, ORE will coordinate the selection of the institutional nominees.

Please share this opportunity with eligible faculty members in your department (see below for eligibility guidelines). Nomination Packages should be coordinated by the department and submitted as a single PDF document by the department head to their ADR, Alan Rutenberg (arutenberg@utk.edu), and cc-ed to Hannah Schmidt (hschmidt@utk.edu) no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 27, 2018.The internal selection process will be completed by August 15. The selected nominees must submit their applications by September 26, 2018 to the NEH via Grants.gov.

A complete Nomination Package will include:

  • Research preproposal written by the nominee (maximum three pages; single-spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 pt font). Preproposals exceeding these limits will not be considered. Applicants should follow the content guidelines listed in the full solicitation.
  • Resume for the nominee (maximum two pages, single-spaced)
  • Cover Letter from the department head (maximum one page). This letter should include an evaluation of the proposal by the department head. If two or more faculty nominees are submitted by a department, the department head should also provide a ranked list with comparative perspectives about the different proposals and nominees.

NEH Review Criteria:

NEH Reviewers are asked to evaluate an application according to the following criteria:

  1. the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both;
  2. the quality or promise of quality of the applicant as an interpreter of the humanities;
  3. the quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant¹s clarity of expression;
  4. the feasibility of the proposed plan of work, including, when appropriate, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans; and
  5. the likelihood that the applicant will complete the project.

Important NEH Eligibility Guidelines:

1) Preference will be given to applicants who have not held or received a major fellowship or research award within the past three academic years prior to the deadline. A “major fellowship or research award” is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and awards from an individual’s own institution and stipends and awards from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships.

2) 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.

3) All 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 immediately preceding the application deadline are also eligible.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and participation in this internal nomination and selection process. If you or members of your faculty have any questions about the program or the internal selection process, please contact Alan Rutenberg at arutenberg@utk.edu.