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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2023 NEH Summer Stipends

Applications due June 9 

Vanderbilt University may nominate two candidates for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends program.

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. 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. Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. See the following humanities definitions from NEH to determine whether your project fits the guidelines.

Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research.

See the program page and Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information. The site lists specific submission requirements, guidelines and evaluation criteria used in selecting recipients and provides examples of application narratives.


Faculty members with tenured or tenure-track positions who teach full-time at Vanderbilt University must be nominated to apply for a Summer Stipend. Non-tenure track faculty, emeritus faculty and staff are exempt from nomination.

United States citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the U.S., are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline are also eligible.

Upcoming webinar

NEH staff will host a webinar on May 18, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET. The webinar will describe the application and nomination processes and offer some tips for writing the application. The presentation will include a question-and-answer segment and will be recorded and available for viewing later. You can join the webinar here.

Internal application instructions

Interested faculty should visit to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is June 9, 2022.

Required internal submission materials include:

  1. Narrative (max. 3 pages)
  2. Resume (max. 2 pages)
  3. Bibliography (max. 1 page)
  4. Work plan (max. 1 page)

Any questions about this opportunity or the LSO process may be directed to