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Limited Submission Opportunity: 2025 NEH Summer Stipends

Applications due July 16

Vanderbilt University may nominate one candidate for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends program.


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 and/or general audiences
  • 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 research-based projects in the humanities for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Funded projects usually result in articles, books, digital resources and publications, archaeological reports, critical editions, translations (with annotations or critical apparatus), and other scholarly resources, or research intended to be disseminated in one or more of those formats.

Summer Stipends provide $8,000 in support for two consecutive months of research and writing. Awardees must work full-time on their project and may hold other non-NEH sources of support (for example, sabbaticals and supplementary funding) or grants for the same project during the period of performance. See the following humanities definitions from NEH to determine whether your project fits the guidelines.

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.

You can find examples of previously funded Summer Stipends here. You can find examples of funded projects in all other programs by using the NEH’s Funded Projects Query Form.


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 the nomination requirement.

United States citizens, whether they reside inside or outside the United States, 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.

*Note: If you have previously received an award in Summer Stipends or any of the programs listed below, you are ineligible to apply to this program.

  • Fellowships
  • Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges and Universities
  • Public Scholars
  • Fellowships for Digital Publication (previously NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication)
  • Dynamic Language Infrastructure – Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowships
  • Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan
  • Any other individual award given by NEH

Internal Application Instructions

Interested faculty should click here to submit an application for the internal LSO competition and to find additional information about the opportunity. The deadline for the internal competition is July 16, 2024.

Required internal submission materials include:

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

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