NEH Fellowships

Deadline: April 8, 2020

NEH Fellowships are competitive awards granted to individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing.  Applications must clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Fellowships provide recipients time to conduct research or to produce books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, or critical editions resulting from previous research.  Projects may be at any stage of development.

NEH invites research applications from scholars in all disciplines, and it encourages submissions from independent scholars and junior scholars.

Applicants interested in research projects that are either born digital or require mainly digital expression and digital publication are encouraged to apply instead for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.

A free online information session was held on January 28, 2020. You may view a recording of the session at

The information session explained the goals of the NEH’s Fellowships program, the eligibility requirements, how to apply, how applications are reviewed, and how to write an effective application. The main slide presentation is 35 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of questions from participants. The recording will remain on the NEH website through the application deadline, which is April 8, 2020.

A transcript of the information session is available here: Transcript (PDF)