Funding Sources for Humanities Scholars

Are you looking for additional support for your work? The list below is updated on an ongoing basis, if you are aware of other funding sources please let us know at collaboratory@umich.edu.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH provides opportunities for research grants including Collaborative Research, Digital Humanities, Digital Projects for the Public, Documenting Endangered Languages, Bridging Cultures through Film and many more.

NEH Funding Opportunities Flyer
Reference guide generated by the LSA Research Office summarizing NEH funding opportunities. The list is a helpful compilation of NEH opportunities classified by type and including fellowships; infrastructure, preservation, and public access projects; digital and media projects; and education and training projects. Each opportunity includes links, maximum award amounts, deadlines, and success rates.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
The University can nominate two faculty members for these fellowships providing $6,000 in the form of salary support. The scope of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) support “includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; ethics; comparative religion; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.”

National Humanities Center Fellowship
The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for September 2017 through May 2018.  Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials.  Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply.  Emerging scholar with a strong record of peer-reviewed work may also apply.  The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation.

Humanities Without Walls
An extensive consortium of fifteen humanities institutes in the Midwest funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Humanities Without Walls aims to create new avenues for collaborative research, teaching, and the production of scholarship in the humanities, forging and sustaining areas of inquiry that cannot be created or maintained without cross-institutional cooperation.

Institute for the Humanities Fellowships
The Institute for the Humanities funds faculty fellowships, graduate student fellowships, and mini-grants in support of interdisciplinary projects with a public component.

LSA Humanities Faculty Assistance
The LSA Dean’s Office provides a valuable resource helping faculty develop a plan to move their research project forward for funding, both external and internal. Linda Chadwick (lchadw@umich.edu) and Steve Beach (sebeach@umich.edu) are available to work with any LSA humanities faculty member and their departmental research administration structure to:

  • help to find Sponsors external to UM;
  • use eGIF for internal funding;
  • come up with a realistic budget;
  • read your project proposal against sponsor information for suggestions;
  • provide access to successful examples of funded projects;
  • get you connected with departmental Research Administrators.

Please feel free to contact Linda and/or Steve directly if you want to talk more about a project you are working on.  They are happy to work with you whether you are already working on a grant proposal or whether you are in the very first stages of a project idea and aren’t sure what funding sources might be available.

MCubed
This research program is intended to empower interdisciplinary teams of University of Michigan faculty to pursue new, groundbreaking initiatives with major societal impact through the establishment of a distributed, highly responsive seed-funding program. LSA’s MCubed information.

Michigan Humanities Award (MHA)
LSA tenured, full-time faculty engaged in major scholarly and creative projects in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.

Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
The Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant is designed to support Rackham graduate students who need assistance to carry out research that advances their progress toward their degree.ition.