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Deadline: December 4, 2019

National Endowment for the Humanities: Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations

The Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations program makes awards to organizations to support the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or translations. Textual editing and translation are vital endeavors for the humanities, providing the very foundations for research and teaching. Typically, the texts and documents are significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials, but other types of work, such as musical notation, may also be the subject of an edition. Projects must be undertaken by at least two scholars working collaboratively. These grants support sustained full-time or part-time activities during the periods of performance of one to three years. Projects should embody the best practices recommended by the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE) or the Modern Language Association (MLA) Committee on Scholarly Editions. Editions and translations produced with National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) support contain scholarly apparatus appropriate to their subject matter and format, including introductions and annotations that explain form, transmission, and its historical and intellectual contexts. Translation projects must also explain the theory and method of translation adopted for the proposed work. NEH encourages applications from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

NEH is interested in the advancement of humanities-related work in the following areas:

  • “A More Perfect Union”
  • Standing Together, an initiative which encourages projects related to war and military service
  • Protecting Cultural Heritage, a call for applications for projects that study, document, or create digital representations of lost or imperiled cultural heritage materials

Amount: Up to 22 awards of up to $300,000 each will be awarded for a period of performance of 1-3 years. Up to $525,000 may be available for projects that respond to “A More Perfect Union”: NEH Special Initiative Advancing Civic Education and Celebrating the Nation’s 250th Anniversary.

Eligibility: Any U.S. nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status is eligible, as are state and local governmental agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Eligible organizations include accredited public and 501(c)(3) institutions of higher education.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320519

Note: A pre-recorded technical assistance webinar for prospective applicants will be posted to the program resource page on October 7, 2019.

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