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NEH: Humanities Connections Program


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs is accepting applications for the Humanities Connections program.

Donor Name: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 09/07/2023

Size of the Grant: $150,000

Grant Duration: 18 to 36 months


This program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions by encouraging partnerships between humanities faculty and their counterparts in other areas of study. Awards support the planning or implementation of curricular projects connecting the humanities to the physical and natural sciences; pre-service or professional programs, including law and business; computer science, data science, and other technology-driven fields; or other non-humanities departments or schools. Projects must incorporate the approaches and learning activities of both the humanities and the non-humanities disciplines involved.

Competitive Humanities Connections proposals will demonstrate:

  • how the proposed project expands the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at the applicant institution(s)
  • substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, approaches, and learning activities of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  • collaboration between faculty from two or more departments or schools (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  • a curricular structure that your institution could sustain over the long term, including interdisciplinary minors or certificates; curricular pathways such as concentrations within majors or general education programs; and other models appropriate to the institution


The Humanities Connections program includes two funding levels:


Planning awards (up to $50,000 and for 12 months) support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities). The award provides institutions the opportunity to create a firm foundation for an interdisciplinary undergraduate curricular program or initiative. Projects may build on existing programs or initiatives, including those currently managed by a single department, or may develop entirely new ones.

The outcome of a successful Planning award should be a preliminary proposal that clearly defines the steps necessary to progress towards an interdisciplinary curriculum or initiative.

You may use a Planning award to:

  • establish and convene a collaborative team to develop project goals and outcomes
  • consult outside experts on curriculum design or interdisciplinary learning opportunities, including, but not limited to, individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects; field or laboratory research; and community-based, project-based, or site-based learning
  • organize workshops or other professional development for faculty and administrators on substantive issues related to the success of the project
  • coordinate focus or discussion groups, which may include students, around issues central to project rationale
  • design or revise courses, instructional models, and learning activities
  • work with institutional leadership about the potential for long-term support
  • complete other tasks that align with the project’s goals


Implementation awards (up to $150,000 and from 18 to 36 months) support the introduction or revision of sustainable and interdisciplinary undergraduate curricula or initiatives at two- and four-year colleges and universities. Projects must involve faculty from two or more departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities) and integrate the approaches and learning activities of the disciplines involved. Implementation proposals must show unambiguous evidence of prior planning and present a defined rationale with clear intellectual and logistical objectives supported by institutional leadership. The award provides the opportunity to build on faculty, administrative, or institutional partnerships and to develop and refine the project’s intellectual content, design, and scope. You should clearly demonstrate any partners’ or collaborators’ commitments; outline preferred approaches to curriculum building/consolidation; and explain outreach strategies to attract students to the new educational opportunity.

The outcome of an Implementation award should be a sustainable curriculum or initiative ready to enroll students.

You may use an Implementation award to:

  • convene a core faculty team and develop working groups on issues central to project rationale
  • engage outside experts on issues pertinent to project content, design, and sustainability
  • develop, implement, assess, and refine curricula (such as new courses, modules, and pathways) and instructional models for effective interdisciplinary pedagogy
  • create and implement outreach strategies to attract students to new educational opportunities
  • conduct mid- and long-range feasibility studies
  • complete other tasks that align with the project’s goals

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,500,000
  • Award Ceiling: $150,000
  • Award Floor: $1

Period of Performance

You may request a period of performance of 12 months for Planning or 18 to 36 months for Implementation with a start date between June 1, 2024, and September 1, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible applicants include U.S. two- or four-year public or private 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, including community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, research universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions.
  • Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible.
  • If your organization is eligible, you may apply on behalf of a consortium of collaborating organizations. If NEH selects your proposal for funding, you will be programmatically, legally, and fiscally responsible for the award.
  • To be eligible, your organization must make substantive contributions to the success of the project and must not function solely as a fiscal agent for another entity

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