National Endowment for the Humanities: Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities help strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Each project 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.
The Humanities Initiatives programs support projects that focus on humanities education. The following is a partial list of projects the program may support:
- Bridge programs for freshmen, first-generation college students and their families, nontraditional students, and/or secondary school students
- Creation or revision of courses that focus on close reading, analytical writing, and/or effective speaking, including practical composition courses designed to help students write better
- New or enhanced humanities programs, including new humanities majors, minors, or concentrations (for example, in American Indian studies, archaeology, or art history), honors programs, first-year seminars, culturally relevant or place-based curricula, and programs integrating humanities education with tribal and community life
- The infusion of humanities learning into professional training in such fields as business, engineering, law, science, technology, and medical fields
- Creation of humanities-based curricular pathways towards graduation and/or transfer to four-year institutions and graduate programs
- Opportunities for faculty members to study together, in order to improve their capacity to teach the humanities
- Creation or enhancement of humanities resources for the purpose of teaching, including collections of tribal documents, oral histories, literature or film; teaching modules or guides on how to use humanities resources in the classroom; or digital resources for distance learning that can be used on- or off-line
- Partnerships and collaborative projects in the humanities (for example, dual-enrollment agreements in humanities-based courses for college or high school students; collaboration with regional museums, libraries, or historical societies to share resources for teaching and learning; or partnering with a school or school system to strengthen K-12 pathways to higher education)
Amount: Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded. The period of performance may run between twelve and thirty-six months.
Eligibility: Any U.S. tribal college or university, as defined by Executive Order 13270, whether it is tribally controlled or a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, is eligible to apply for a Humanities Initiatives grant. Eligible institutions are those included in the Department of Education’s list of Tribal Colleges and Universities.
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