Program Summary

Program Summary

Summer Stipends 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. These awards are for the summer of 2016. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months and the work may be at any stage of development.  


NEH invites projects related to its new initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square. This initiative seeks to connect the study of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Many of today's challenges require more than ever the forms of understanding and knowledge represented by the humanities. They require the broadest possible engagement of scholars and the public with the resources of the humanities, including but not limited to the study of language, literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and ethics. The study of the humanities can help illuminate the complexity of many contemporary challenges while enriching our understanding of the common good. Note that the Common Good initiative incorporates the Standing Together initiative, which encourages projects related to war and military service. All applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the program's evaluation criteria, whether or not they respond to the Common Good initiative or the Standing Together initiative.


Awards: Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Awards are for $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Summer Stipends recipients may hold other research grants during the tenure of their awards, but they must work full-time on their projects during the two months of their tenure. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for holding tenure at other times of the year.  NOTE: These awards are to individuals, not institutions. Grant recipients are responsible for all tax liabilities.


Eligibility: Please review the following eligibility criteria and program restrictions prior to submitting internal LOI:

  • U.S. citizens are eligible.
  • Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the time of application are eligible.
  • Individuals currently enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible.
  • Individuals who have held a major fellowship or research grant or its equivalent within the last three academic years prior to the deadline are ineligible. A "major fellowship or research grant" is a postdoctoral research award that provides a stipend of at least $15,000. Sabbaticals and grants from an individual's own institution and stipends and grants from other sources supporting study and research during the summer are not considered major fellowships.
  • Individuals who have previously received a Summer Stipend may apply to support a new stage in their project. These applications will be judged by the same criteria as other applications.

Restrictions:  Summer Stipends awards cannot be used for:

  • projects that seek to promote a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view;
  • projects that advocate a particular program of social action;
  • specific policy studies; research for doctoral dissertations or theses by students enrolled in a degree program;
  • the preparation or revision of textbooks;
  • curriculum development; the development of pedagogical tools (including teaching methods or theories);
  • educational or technical impact assessments;
  • empirical social science research, unless part of a larger humanities project;
  • inventories of collections;
  • the writing of guide books, how-to books, and self-help books;
  • autobiographies, memoirs, or works of creative nonfiction;
  • or works in the creative or performing arts (e.g., painting, writing fiction or poetry, dance performance).

Application Limits

Application Limits

UIC is restricted to two full time faculty* member nominations. UIC faculty who wish to submit to this program must complete and submit an internal letter of intent form (LOI), details below.  Please review the above referenced eligibility criteria and program restrictions before submitting the internal LOI. 

*UIC staff members who are not faculty members and will not be teaching during the academic year preceding the award tenure may apply online without a nomination. Adjunct faculty, emeritus faculty, part-time faculty, and applicants with academic appointments that terminate by the summer of the award tenure may also apply online without a nomination.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
May 26, 2015
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
October 1, 2015

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Tony Halford at or 6-7036 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.