NEH Announces $21.7 Million for More than 200 Humanities Projects

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NEH Announces $21.7 Million for More than 200 Humanities Projects and Programs Nationwide

Grants include support for veterans, “Literature & Medicine" program 


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WASHINGTON (March 29, 2017) – Today, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced funding for 208 humanities projects totaling $21.7 million. These grants include programs that support international collaboration, engage students in interdisciplinary courses, and help veterans.


“NEH grants matter in the many communities we serve around the country-- in preserving cultural heritage, supporting local cultural organizations, and helping teachers teach and students learn,” said Chairman William D. Adams. “Our grants also matter at the national level, where they preserve our history and acquaint people more deeply with our cultural and political traditions. In making the humanities accessible to all Americans, NEH serves the common good."


Some examples of humanities grant awards include:

  • Collaboration by researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Columbia University with their peers in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to analyze live and studio recordings in order to trace the evolution of jazz.
  • A project by the Go For Broke National Educational Center to digitize 800 moving image oral history interviews of Japanese American veterans of World War II.
  • The expansion of a “Literature & Medicine” reading and discussion program by the Maine Humanities Council to create a new series for health care professionals to engage with humanities ideas.
  • A planning grant to establish a Provisional U.S. Virgin Islands Humanities Council that reflects the humanities interests and needs of the USVI.

A full list of grants by state is available here.

Grants were awarded in the following categories:


  • Dialogues on the Experience of War supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war and military service.
  • Digging Into Data challenges and encourages the research community to develop and apply new techniques for searching, analyzing, and understanding large bodies of material for new understanding and insights in the humanities.
  • Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowships and Preservation Grants is a joint initiative between NEH and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, as well as the preparation of transcriptions, databases, grammars and lexicons of languages that are in danger of being lost.
  • Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions provide scholars with research time and access to resources beyond what is available at their home institutions.
  • Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants allow institutions to preserve and provide access to collections essential to scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities.
  • Humanities Connections expands the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at two- and four-year institutions.
  • Humanities Open Book is a joint grant program with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books.
  • Media Projects: Development Grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production.
  • Media Projects: Production Grants support the preparation of a media program for distribution. 
  • NEH On the Road Grants bring NEH-funded traveling exhibitions to small and mid-sized museums across the country.
  • Public Humanities Projects: Community Conversations support one- to three-year-long series of community-wide public discussions in which diverse residents creatively address community challenges, guided by the perspectives of the humanities.
  • Public Humanities Projects: Exhibitions support permanent exhibitions that will be on view for at least three years, or travelling exhibitions that will be available to public audiences in at least two venues in the United States (including the originating location).
  • Public Humanities Projects: Historic Places support the interpretation of historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions.
  • Summer Stipends support full-time work by a scholar on a humanities project for a period of two months.




National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Learn more at