NEH Proposal Development Resources

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) serves and strengthens the nation by supporting high-quality projects and programs in the humanities and by making the humanities available to all Americans. The OSP About External Funders Page offers more information about the NEH and its funding opportunities. Below is a collection of proposal resources specific to the NEH and its submission process. 

NEH Advice & Tips 

Information for First-time Applicants

A guide for first-time applicants is provided by the NEH on its website, offering general advice while highlighting its mission and values. 

How to Get a Grant from the NEH

This article from Humanities, NEH's blog/magazine offers advice from the funder itself about applying for and receiving grants. 

NEH Fellowships Overview

The NEH's Division of Research Programs has created an overview of Fellowship programs on its website, including updated requirements for 2023 and links to additional resources. 

NEH Application Tips

A PDF document directly from the NEH is available that highlights tips for preparing for and applying to their grant programs. 

How to Write a Successful White Paper: Tips from the ODH

White Papers are a document required of awardees from several NEH programs. NEH's Office of Digital Humanities provides a guide to completing these documents, going into detail about the proper audience and style. 

NEH Samples and Successful Proposals

The Freedom of Information Act: Sample Grant Application Narratives 

The NEH provides sample grant application narratives for several programs offered by the Division of Education, Division of Preservation & Access, Division of Public Programs, and more. 

NEH Past Awards Search

An awards search function is available on the NEH website that can be filtered by program, awardee, and more. Past Pitt Awardees can be accessed by filtering by the awarded organization category. 

NEH Recorded Resources 

Webinar: NEH Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication

This recorded webinar from January 2023 offers updated information on the Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication, as well as tips for applying to the program. 

NEH 2021 Virtual Grants Workshop

Recordings of the 2021 Virtual Grants Workshop are available on the NEH's YouTube page. Videos include a general overview of grants and presentations on specific programs.