Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

NEH Summer Stipends

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is soliciting abstracts for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Stipends program. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

This program will only accept two applications from each institution for all applicants holding tenured or tenure-track positions. There are exceptions to the faculty nomination process for non-tenure-track faculty, staff members, and emeritus faculty - for additional information please contact RSP. As such, RSP is conducting a limited submissions competition to nominate two UNI faculty to compete for NEH Summer Stipends in the Fall of 2021. This internal competition involves the submission of a one-page project abstract, which is scored by UNI volunteer faculty reviewers. The two highest scored abstracts will be nominated by the Office of the Provost to submit a full proposal to NEH.

Summer Stipends provide $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Projects may begin as early as May 1, 2022. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. NEH funds may support recipients' compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must incorporate analysis and not result solely in the collection of data.

To be considered, please email a one page abstract to by July 1st. Abstracts will be blinded and scored by faculty reviewers using the NEH review criteria below. Applicants will be notified of decisions by July 23rd, and nominated applicants must submit their proposals to NEH by September 22nd, 2021.

Review Criteria
Reviewers are asked to apply the following criteria in assessing applications:
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

The application guidelines (PDF) are available and provide additional program information and guidance. NEH staff hosted a webinar on April 14th, 2021 that included a discussion on eligibility, the application and nomination processes A second webinar is also available on the same site that focuses on writing tips. A link to the webinar is available through the NEH program website.

If you have any questions or would like feedback on your abstract, please contact the preaward staff in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs:

Rebecca Rinehart at
Maggie Heretakis at