Internal application requirements
Internal applications must include:
- Completed and signed Application Cover Sheet (see link below)
- Completed Budget Sheet – for WU use only (included in link below)
- Short CV (2-page maximum)
- Work plan: 1 page, describing the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the Summer Stipend and the activities or steps that you will use during the period of performance to carry it out. Use a timeline that includes each activity, based on a full-time commitment to the project for two consecutive months.
- Narrative: No more than three single-spaced pages using a font size no smaller than 11 point. Within the narrative, applicants should provide an intellectual justification for their projects, conveying the ideas, objectives, methods and work plan. A simple need or intent is insufficient. The narrative should not assume specialized knowledge and should be free of technical terms and jargon.
It should include the following sections:
- Significance and contribution: Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project. Provide an overview of the project and explain the basic ideas, problems or questions examined by the study. Explain how the project will complement, challenge or expand relevant studies in the field.
- Organization and methods: Describe your method(s) and clarify the part or stage of the project that will be supported by the award(s).
- Competencies, skills, and access: Explain your competence in the area of your project. If the area of inquiry is new to you, explain your reasons for working in it and your qualifications to do so. Describe where the study will be conducted and what research materials will be used. If relevant, specify the arrangements for access to archives, collections, or institutions that contain the necessary resources.
- Final product and dissemination: Describe the intended audience and the intended results of the project. If relevant, explain how the results will be disseminated and why these means are appropriate to the subject matter and audience.
Internal application download: (link to application form)
Application requirements: Submit your internal application as a single pdf to: firstname.lastname@example.org using the following naming convention for your application pdf: Last name First name NEH SS Internal.
Internal evaluation criteria
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee convened by the Center for the Humanities and ranked according to:
- The potential to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
- The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
- The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.
Stronger applicants to the Washington University internal competition will have carefully reviewed the NEH Summer Stipend Guidelines and prepared their materials in answer to these guidelines.
Full submission to NEH
Although humanities center staff is available to assist, individuals are responsible for the final submission to NEH through the Grants.gov system in accordance with the NEH’s deadline of 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 20, 2023.
Note: NEH recommends registering with Grants.gov at least two weeks before the NEH application deadline. In addition, the NEH strongly suggests submitting your application no later than 5 pm eastern time on the day of the deadline to allow sufficient time should you encounter a technical issue with the Grants.gov site.