The National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer stipends for "two consecutive and uninterrupted months of full-time independent study and research." Applicants must be nominated by their institutions. Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two members of its faculty for the summer stipends competition, at least one of whom must be a junior nominee. If the University's nominees are not ultimately granted the NEH stipend, they will receive an equivalent stipend from University and Center funds.
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Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the humanities or any tenured or tenure-track faculty member who proposes a project in the humanities may apply.
Non-faculty college and university staff, full- and part-time affiliate faculty, as well as non-tenure-track instructors are eligible for the NEH summer stipends program and may submit applications to the NEH without nomination by their institution. However, the Center's policy of guaranteeing an equivalent stipend to applicants who do not receive the NEH stipend applies only to the University's tenured or tenure-track faculty nominees.
Application Procedures and Standards for Proposals
- Applicants should prepare a detailed description of the proposed study, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, as well as a one-page bibliography for the project, following NEH guidelines. Five copies of this initial proposal should be submitted to Mark Osteen, Director (c/o Dept. of English, HU 242B), by the first working day in August of the summer preceding that for which the stipend is sought.
- A sub-committee of the Center for the Humanities steering committee selects the University's junior and senior nominee, and informs the Center's director, who then informs the nominees. In most cases, the nominees are selected and informed by Aug.15.
- Nominees then prepare a final electronic application for the NEH on the NEH website, which includes the already completed description of the proposed study and bibliography along with the NEH cover sheet, and a resume (cover sheet is available at www.neh.gov). The electronic application asks nominees to designate the University's nominating official. That person is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
- A hard copy of the completed proposal, along with the materials listed in #3 and with the routing form of ORSP, are also to be submitted to ORSP by the end of the second week of September.
- Applicants are also asked to submit their proposal, vita, and cover page for summer research applications to the University's faculty development committee, by the committee's deadline for summer research grants, usually in December.
- If a University nominee does not receive the NEH stipend and is granted a Loyola summer research grant, an additional amount is granted to that nominee from Center for the Humanities funds to make the grant comparable with the sum of the NEH stipend.
- If a University nominee does not receive the NEH stipend and is not granted a Loyola summer research grant, the Center for the Humanities grants a summer stipend comparable to the NEH summer stipend to that nominee.
- If a University nominee fails to apply for a Loyola summer research grant and does not receive the NEH stipend, he or she is not guaranteed a stipend from the Center for the Humanities.
- Initial proposal, with bibliography, due first working day of August; send to Mark Osteen, Director (c/o Dept. of English).
- Nominees are selected and informed by the middle of August.
- Full NEH proposal, with cover sheet, resume, and routing form, due by end of second week of September; send to ORSP.
- Final form of electronically submitted application is due at NEH website by Oct. 1.
- Once the application is submitted, references will be contacted electronically; their letters are due at NEH by Oct. 15.
- University summer research application is due in December; send to ORSP.
- Notification: NEH notifies nominees by March 31; Faculty development committee notifies faculty applicants in mid-March.
Sample successful proposals. Camper; Sandler