Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities
scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books,
digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources
in the humanities.
Applicants interested in research projects that require mainly digital expression and digital
publication are encouraged to apply instead for NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.
NEH encourages submission of Fellowships applications from independent scholars and faculty
at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal
Colleges and Universities.
Fellowships may NOT be used for: promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
advocacy of a particular program of social or political action;
support of specific public policies or legislation;
projects that fall outside of the humanities (including the creation or performance of art;
creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically
based social science research or policy studies);
research by students enrolled in a degree program, including research for doctoral
dissertations or theses;
the preparation or revision of textbooks;
the development of teaching methods or theories;
educational impact, language impact, or technical impact assessments;
empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;
inventories of collections; or
the writing of guide books, how-to books, and self-help books.