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National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Connections

Deadline: October 6, 2016

Humanities Connections grants seek to expand the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at two- and four-year institutions, offering students in all academic fields new opportunities to develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate. Grant projects focus on connecting the resources and perspectives of the humanities to students’ broader educational and professional goals, regardless of their path of study. Through this new grant program, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites proposals that reflect innovative and imaginative approaches to preparing students for their roles as engaged citizens and productive professionals in a rapidly changing and interdependent world.

Grants support the development and implementation of an integrated set of courses and student engagement activities focusing on significant humanities content. A common topic, theme, or compelling issue or question must link the courses and activities. The linked courses (a minimum of three) may fulfill general education or core curriculum requirements but could also be designed primarily for students in a particular major or course of study. The Humanities Connections program gives special encouragement to projects that foster collaboration between humanities faculty and their counterparts in the social and natural sciences and pre-service or professional programs in business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other non-humanities fields.

Humanities Connections projects have two core features:

  1. Faculty from at least two separate departments or schools at a single institution must collaborate to devise new curricular arrangements.
  2. Projects must include provisions for high-impact student engagement activities that relate directly to the topic(s) of the linked courses. These activities could include individual or collaborative undergraduate research projects; opportunities for civic engagement; or a structured experience with community-based, project-based, or site-based learning. Community organizations and cultural institutions can play key roles in this regard.

Amount: Grants of up to $100,000 each will be made.

Eligibility: U.S. two- or four-year college or university with IRS tax-exempt status, 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.

Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-connections

Note: Applicants are encouraged to contact program officers, who can offer advice about developing proposals. Program officers can also respond to draft proposals (optional), submitted no later than September 6, 2016.

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