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NEH Summer Stipend Program – 2019

UMBC Nominations

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Awards

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend program provides funding for faculty and independent scholars to pursue research in the humanities during the summer.

UMBC may submit up to two nominations for NEH Summer Stipends. 

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals in advancing research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Though this is an NEH program, many faculty members in the arts and social sciences work on projects that the NEH might fund. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Successful applicants receive outright awards of $6,000 to support two consecutive months of full-time research during Summer 2019.

For more information and questions, contact Dr. Don Engel, Assistant Vice President for Research, at


Instructions to Faculty

Review the NEH guidelines and submit the following materials to no later than Wednesday, August 1, 2018:

  1. A project narrative, not to exceed three single-spaced pages, as described in the guidelines.  As the guidelines stipulate, the narrative must include an explanation of the part or stage of the project supported by the Summer Stipend and a work plan;
  2. The names, positions, and affiliations of two or more potential recommenders. No more than one reviewer should be from UMBC, and at least one should be a scholar with expertise in the field of the proposed project.

In addition to the quality of the application, criteria for selection will include the likelihood that the award will have a significant impact on the faculty member’s program of scholarship and that the work proposed for the fellowship period can be completed. Secondary considerations will include whether the individual has other available sources of support for the proposed work (e.g., support from UMBC or another sponsor) and whether the individual is concurrently being nominated for or applying for other awards.

Proposals will be evaluated by an internal review process, which will be completed by Thursday, August 31, 2018. All applicants will be notified shortly after that date. The CAHSS Dean’s Office, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Dresher Center for the Humanities will work, as appropriate, with the two selected nominees to prepare their applications for submission to NEH by Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

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