NEH announces $79M for nearly 300 humanities projects

In its 50th anniversary year, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $79 million in grants for 290 humanities projects and programs across the United States. The grants will be awarded in 14 humanities fields or areas and also include $42.8 million in annual operating support for the national network of state and local humanities councils.

The grants will support a wide range of efforts in the humanities. For example, Bowdoin College professor Matthew Klingle is one of 30 grantees in the Public Scholar program. Klingle will receive funding in support of scholarly research for “Sweet Blood,” a forthcoming book geared to a general audience about the history of diabetes from the late 19th century to the present.

In Hawaii, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum – which with 25 million objects in its holdings is one the largest resources for ethnological and biological studies about Hawaii and the Pacific Islands – received a grant to plan for improved environmental storage conditions of a collection of more than one million archaeological artifacts. And in Washington, DC, Women in Film & Video received a development grant for a forthcoming documentary about contributions of African-American diplomats during the Cold War.

In Wyoming, where the state humanities council received operating support, one of the council’s signature programs is an ongoing series on the history of refugee resettlement in the state and the country. It features readings, discussions, and panelists made up of scholars and educators on the topic.

Next Generation PhD, a new grant program, is being awarded to 28 colleges and universities. These grants support a transformation of how PhD candidates in the humanities study for their degrees and are prepared for a broader range of careers at the conclusion of their often years-long, intensely academic graduate school experiences.

NEH is an independent federal agency that funds humanities projects in fields such as art history, literature, philosophy and archaeology. Created in 1965, NEH awards grants three times a year to top-rated proposals as examined by panels of independent reviewers.

“NEH grants help bring humanities experiences to Americans across the country,” said Chairman William D. Adams. “Our funding supports museums, libraries and cultural institutions, and the local state councils that create and sustain humanities programs in their communities. Through films, original research, and new intellectual insights, our grants strengthen the nation’s cultural fabric and identity.”

Institutions, scholars, and humanities organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories will receive NEH support.

Laura Ascione