Call for Applications | NEH Institute Directors

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End: January 5, 2024

Applications to direct an NEH Institute in 2025 are now open. Whether you are a new or returning applicant to the Institutes grants program, it’s our hope the information in this newsletter will help you think through your Institute project. 

What is an Institute? 

An NEH-funded institute is a professional development program that convenes higher education faculty or K-12 educators from across the nation to deepen their understanding of significant topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.


  • allow immersive study of humanities topics significant to humanities study and teaching  
  • foster new fields of study and/or revitalize existing areas of inquiry  
  • strengthen humanities teaching and learning in participants’ professional settings  
  • build lasting communities that foster participants’ intellectual and professional collaboration 

Grant Program Snapshot:

  • Maximum award amount: $220,000 
  • Funding Opportunity for: Organizations 
  • Grant Period: October 1, 2024 - December 31, 2025 (15 months) 
  • Optional Draft Review: January 5, 2024 (by 11:59 pm Eastern Time) 
  • Application Deadline: February 14, 2024 (by 11:59 pm Eastern Time) 

The NEH provides several resources to assist with application planning. 

Program Resource Pages: The program resource pages for Institutes for Higher Education Faculty and Institutes for K-12 Educators include the Notice of Funding Opportunity (funding guidelines), programmatic changes (especially important for returning applicants), frequently asked questions, sample narratives from previously funded applications, a pre-recorded grant webinar, and a sample budget justification. This year’s webinar will be posted on December 12, 2023.

Live Q&A: The Institutes program team will host a live Q&A session for project teams on Thursday, December 19, 2023, 12-1 pm Eastern Time. 

Office Hours: The Institutes program team will host open office hours prior to the optional draft deadline. 

  • Thursday, January 4, 2024, 12-1 pm and 4-5 pm Eastern Time 
  • Friday, January 5, 2024, 12-1 pm and 4-5 pm Eastern Time 

Project Consultation: Program staff are available to talk about your project ideas, how to strengthen your humanities content, what to keep in mind when designing your Institute project, and any other questions you may have. To request a consultation, send an email to or your current program officer.  

Optional Draft Submission: Drafts do not need to be fully developed program ideas or near complete applications to be submitted for review and feedback. This optional preliminary review is not part of the formal selection process and has no bearing on the final funding decision. However, previous applicants have found it helpful in strengthening their applications.  To submit draft application materials for review, send them as an attachment to by Friday, January 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.


To apply for any NEH grant, your institution must register with a series of websites that will make you part of the federal grantmaking ecosystem. If you are a first-time applicant, we strongly recommend you begin the registration process immediately. If you’ve applied with us before, please be aware that there have been some changes to the process.  

If you have not already done so, you must create a user account. is a secure sign-in service used by the public to sign in to participating government agencies. Your account will be used to register and log in to and  Create and link your account now.   

Your organization must also register with the System for Award Management (SAM) and maintain an up-to-date SAM registration while you have an application under consideration or have an active award with NEH or another federal agency. Previous applicants should confirm that their registration is current. Check the status of your registration here.   

Before applying, your organization must register with using your credentials. You must submit your application using Workspace or a system-to-system solution. Workspace is a shared, online environment where team members may simultaneously access and edit forms within a grant application.   

Not sure how this relates to your application? Consult your institutional grant administrator, fiscal sponsor, or development office.    

Applying for an NEH grant is ALWAYS FREE:   

Applicants have reported problems with companies that charge money to register their organization with and It is always FREE to register with both websites—and FREE to submit an application to NEH. Companies charging fees to handle your registration have no power to expedite the process. Starting your application early is the best insurance against last-minute problems.   

Need Technical Assistance? 

For questions about or, contact the Federal Service Desk, Monday – Friday, 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, at Federal Service Desk / U.S. calls: 866-606-8220 / International calls: +1 334-206-7828   

For assistance in registering with or submitting your application through Applicant Support / U.S. calls: 1-800-518-4726 / International calls: +1-606-545-5035 /   

Always obtain a case number when calling for support.