Published: Jan. 5, 2023

The Research and Innovation Office is excited to announce its annual NEH Fellowship Peer Editing Workshop Series, facilitated by RIO Proposal Writer/Editor Donna Axel, taking place January 26 through April 12, 2023

Participating faculty will benefit from an Intro + Q&A Session, a Categories & Requirements Session and one peer editing workshop (March, TBD by participants) to hone the narrative portion of their Fellowship applications.

The virtual program is designed to assist faculty in submitting a proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships, due Wednesday, April 12, 2023. In the process, participants will also learn how to reuse, repurpose and recycle proposals at a later date for other opportunities, e.g. NEH Summer Stipends (due in the fall, with similar requirements). 

From January 26 through April 12, program participants will draft proposals and participate in one peer editing workshop to hone the narrative portion of NEH fellowship applications due April 12, 2023.

Testimonials from recent awardees

"I found the NEH fellowship writing program that Donna organized to be enormously helpful to my proposal, both because of specific comments that I received directly from Donna on multiple drafts of my application, and because of the wonderful spirit of constructive criticism that she fostered among the faculty who were putting together their applications, as well as the feedback that I received from my peers," said Dimitri Nakassis, professor and chair of the Department of Classics, who was recently awarded the NEH Fellowship for his project on Reassembling Mycenaean Greece, ca. 1650–1075 BCE. "Donna gave me detailed feedback that improved the style and clarity of my writing but also the clarity of my thought, and most especially she identified key areas of strength and weakness in my application so that I knew what to improve and what to build around."

“The fellowship peer editing process was incredibly helpful,” agreed AAUW awardee Brianne Cohen, assistant professor of contemporary art history in the Department of Art and Art History. “My colleagues offered me both big-picture insights about my proposal, as well as close readings and revisions for my writing. This kind of interdisciplinary feedback is critical for such nationally competitive grants, and I cannot speak more highly of Donna’s knowledgeable help throughout the writing and application process. RIO’s approach encourages you to reuse and recycle your materials for different grants, and I was so thankful to be awarded the AAUW Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship and CU Boulder’s CHA Faculty Fellowship.”

To learn more and to register for events, please visit the NEH Fellowship Peer Editing Workshop Series webpage.