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Grant of the Week: NEH Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Elyse Martin | Jun 19, 2019

Every week, Perspectives Daily showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship that has been posted to our free community calendar. This week we are featuring the NEH's Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities help strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the knowledge of outside scholars who would contribute expertise and fresh insights to the project.

Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from areas of study in the humanities such as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills.The following is a partial list of projects the program may support:

  • bridge programs for freshmen, first-generation, at-risk, and/or nontraditional students and/or secondary-school students;
  • creation or revision of courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, and/or composition courses designed to help students write better;
  • new or enhanced humanities programs, including new humanities majors, minors, or concentrations (for instance, Diaspora studies or archaeology), honors programs, first-year seminars, culturally-relevant or place-based curricula, and capstone courses;
  • the infusion of humanities learning into professional training in such fields as business, law, engineering, science, technology, and nursing and medicine;
  • creation or improvement of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions, if applicable;
  • opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities;
  • creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, such as oral histories, collections of literature or film, teaching modules, or guidelines on how to use humanities resources in the classroom.
  • development of curriculum-focused digital humanities projects, including podcasts, mapping tools, or digital resources for distance learning that can be used on- or off-line;
  • partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high-school students; collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K-12 pathways to higher education).

NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope and duration, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.


The NEH Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities provides up to $100,000 for a period of one to three years. 

End: July 12, 2019


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