Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Nadine Naber (Department of Gender and Women's Studies) and Joel Palka (Department of Anthropology) are authorized to submit

Program Summary

Program Summary

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Eligible projects usually result in articles, monographs, books, digital materials and publications, archaeological site reports, translations, or editions. Projects must not result solely in the collection of data; instead they must also incorporate analysis and interpretation. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.  NEH invites projects related to its 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.


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).


Award information
Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year. NOTE: These awards are to individuals, not institutions. Grant recipients are responsible for all tax liabilities.

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 an institutional 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
August 30, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
September 27, 2017

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 Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.


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