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National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Deadline: July 19, 2018

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions are intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities, 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. Proposed projects 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.

NEH Humanities Initiatives may:

  • Develop or substantially enhance bridge programs for first-year, first-generation, at-risk, and/or nontraditional students
  • Create or revise courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, and/or practical composition courses designed to help students write better
  • Support new humanities programs (which may include but are not limited to honors programs, new humanities minors, first-year seminars, first-year seminars, and capstone courses), and enhance existing ones
  • Infuse humanities learning into professional training (in such fields as business, law, engineering, science, technology, and nursing and medicine)
  • Create or improve humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions
  • Create opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities
  • Help institutions create or enhance humanities resources for teaching, such as oral histories and historical or literary collections (projects incorporating podcasts, mapping tools, and other digital components are especially encouraged)
  • Support collaborative projects in the humanities between the applicant institution and another institution, such as a college or university, a school or school system, a museum or library, or a historical or cultural society

Amount: Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded. The period of performance ranges from one to three years.

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt colleges or universities that are Hispanic-Serving Institutions are eligible to apply. To determine whether your institution is eligible, begin by consulting the most recent Eligibility Matrix, compiled by the Department of Education and available at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/idues/eligibility.html. (Scroll down to the middle of the web page; then click on “Eligibility Matrix 2018.”)

Another way to establish the institution’s eligibility is by visiting the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education Institutional Service website, available here: https://hepis.ed.gov/title3and5/. Click on “Application for Designation as an Eligible Institution.” Then click on “Check Main Campus Eligibility.” Enter the name of your institution or OPE ID number. Select your institution and click on “View Eligibility.”

Finally, applicants may establish the institution’s eligibility with a 2017 or 2018 letter or other document from the Department of Education, certifying Title V eligibility.

Link: https://www.neh.gov/grants/education/humanities-initiatives-hispanic-serving-institutions

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