NEH Summer Stipend Pre-Proposal Deadline Extended to 1 June 2020

Hope College is now soliciting pre-proposals for faculty nominations to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends Program.  The Summer Stipends Program supports individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.  The deadline to submit pre-proposals has been extended to 5 pm on Monday 1 June 2020. 

Summer Stipends will allow humanities scholars to devote two months of continuous work on their projects.  Award recipients are provided $6,000 and funds may be used for salary, travel, and other project-related costs. 

Who MUST submit a pre-proposal? 

Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members must submit a pre-proposal for nomination.  Hope College may nominate two faculty members for the Summer Stipends Program. 

Who does NOT need to submit a pre-proposal? 

The following individuals are EXEMPT from the nomination process:

  • Staff members who are not faculty members and will not be teaching during the academic year preceding the award;
  • Emeritus faculty; and
  • Adjunct faculty, part-time faculty, and individuals with academic appointments that terminate by the summer of the period of performance.

How do I submit a pre-proposal for consideration as one of Hope’s nominees?

If you are interested in serving as one of Hope’s two nominees, please provide a pre-proposal which includes:

How will the pre-proposals be reviewed?

Pre-proposals will be reviewed by representatives of the divisions of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Office of the Provost.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their pre-proposal and the selection process by Wednesday 1 July 2020.

Full proposals will be due to NEH in September 2020 for a project period in summer 2021.  The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs will assist the two institutional nominees in completing the application and submission process via  Exempt applicants are also eligible for support with their submission; please contact OSRP to discuss services available.

Please note that this process is contingent on NEH offering the Summer Stipends Program in 2020 and no significant changes to the eligibility process for this year’s competition.  Applications (including the revised guidelines) will likely be available on or around 23 May 2020. 


Please contact Ron Fleischmann, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs ( 

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