NEH Summer Stipend

The Willson Center administers the on-campus nomination process for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. The two individuals selected as UGA nominees for the 2024 program will submit their proposals to the NEH by September 20.


Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals. UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward. Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.


Note to the PI

The limited submission process focuses on the technical merits of each project. As such, cost share/match are not taken into consideration at the limited submission selection process. If cost share/match is required by the sponsor, PI/unit should participate in supporting cost share/match, and any Office of Research cost share/match must be coordinated through SPA.



Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to


Program Summary

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Research Programs is accepting applications for the Summer Stipends program. The purpose of this program is to stimulate new research and publication in the humanities. 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.

Please review the full program criteria before preparing your internal application.


Eligible Organizations

Within the parameters listed below, individual researchers, teachers, and scholars eligible whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants holding tenured or tenure-track positions at institutions of higher education must be nominated by their institutions unless they are exempt from this requirement.

U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, are eligible. Foreign nationals who have lived in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible. Foreign nationals who take up permanent residence outside the United States any time between the application deadline and the end of the period of performance will forfeit their eligibility. Leaving the U.S. on a temporary basis is permitted.

While you do not need to have an advanced degree, if you are currently enrolled in a degree granting program then you are ineligible. If you have satisfied all the requirements for a degree and are awaiting its conferral, you are eligible, but you must include a letter from the dean of the conferring school or their department chair attesting to your status as of the application deadline.

If you are tenured or on a tenure track and teach full time at an institution of higher education that is not exempt from nomination, your institution must nominate you to apply for a Summer Stipend.


Award Information

The NEH expects to have approximately $600,000 available annually to fund approximately 100 recipients per deadline. Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing. You must work full-time on your project and may hold other non-NEH sources of support (for example, sabbaticals and supplementary funding) or grants for the same project during your period of performance. This FOA does not require cost sharing.