NEH Summer Stipends

Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO). Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity.

Program Summary 

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research and publication in the humanities by:

  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
  • Supporting projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective
  • Funding a wide range of individuals, including independent scholars, community college faculty, and non-teaching staff at universities

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.

NEH particularly welcomes projects that respond to the agency’s A More Perfect Union initiative. NEH will give all applications equal consideration in accordance with the program’s review criteria below.

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.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST July 31, 2023

Sponsor Application Deadline: 9:59pm September 20, 2023

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Narrative (3 pages maximum, 1 additional page for the bibliography may be included): Please include the following elements: 1) project title; 2) intellectual significance of project and value to humanities scholars and/or general audiences; 3) methodology; 4) competencies, skills and access to resources to fulfill project goals; 5) intended results and dissemination plan. See NEH guidelines for additional details.
  • Work Plan (1 page maximum): Summarize your work plan, describing the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend and the activities or steps to carry it out.
  • PI Resume (2 pages maximum)

To access the online application, visit:


NEH awards Summer Stipends to individuals. Organizations are not eligible to apply, although scholars who are tenured or on a tenure track who teach full time must be nominated by their institution of higher education. Any faculty member is eligible for nomination.

You may not hold two or more NEH individual awards with overlapping periods of performance (for example, a Fellowship and a Summer Stipend). NEH will not delay the period of performance beyond the stated timelines to accommodate overlapping individual awards.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Each institution of higher education in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members.

Award Information

Award Amount: $6,000

Award Duration: Two consecutive months

Review Criteria

  1. The intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both
  2. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project and the applicant’s clarity of expression
  3. The feasibility and appropriateness of the proposed plan of work
  4. The quality or promise of quality of the applicant as an interpreter of the humanities
  5. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project (not necessarily during the period of performance), including, when relevant, the soundness of the dissemination and access plans