Funding Sources for Humanities Scholars

Are you looking for additional support for your work? The list below will be updated on an ongoing basis, if you are aware of other funding sources please let us know at

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) offers generous grants to support humanities scholarship. These opportunities range from $6,000 summer stipends to support individual humanities scholars up to $1 million grants for the production of media projects. For more information, see the attached document, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Opportunities (many thanks to Ben Friedline from the LSA Research Office for compiling this). This document is a compilation of NEH opportunities that may be of interest to humanities scholars in LSA. Opportunities are classified by type and include fellowships; infrastructure, preservation, and public access projects; digital and media projects; and education and training projects. For easy reference, each opportunity includes links, maximum award amounts, deadlines, and success rates.

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.

New call for proposals!
The Humanities Without Walls consortium invites applications for funding from cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students wishing to collaboratively pursue research topics related to “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.”

The new research initiative seeks proposals for collaborative research in the field of environmental humanities, as well as the development of new humanities-centered paradigms for thinking through the limits and possibilities of climate change policy.

Full information is available in the Humanities Without Walls’ Request for Proposals.

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 ( and Steve Beach ( 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.

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.

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.

Rackham Spring/Summer Research Grants  Rackham awards up to 40 grants annually to faculty members who plan to work with Ph.D. students on scholarly projects during the spring and summer terms. These grants support a doctoral student with a 0.50 GSRA position. The grants support faculty scholarship while also providing financial support opportunities for professional and intellectual development for participating students.