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Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support NEH

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill this morning with a 49 percent ($71 million) cut for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If enacted, this funding level would devastate an agency that has already been reduced by 19 percent since 2010.

This drastic cut would end programs that provide critical support for humanities teaching, preservation, public programming, and research, and result in positive impacts on every community in the country. Programs supported by the NEH teach essential skills and habits including reading, writing, critical thinking, and effective communication that are crucial for ensuring that each individual has the opportunity to learn and become a productive member of society. Further, NEH’s programs strengthen communities by promoting understanding of our common ideals, enduring civic values, and shared cultural heritage.

The National Humanities Alliance has made it quick and easy to contact your Representative through their online form. Simply write to your Representative today and urge them to vote against these devastating cuts.

Humanities Summer Program Opportunity for School and College Educators


Each year, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports tuition-free summer programs for school and college educators. Participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.

These one-to-five week study opportunities focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities.

NEH summer programs are held across the United States and abroad.

For a list of NEH Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops for 2013, click here. The application deadline is March 4, 2013.

For information about grants to direct a summer program on a humanities topic of your expertise in 2014, please see http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes and http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers.

Two New Grant Opportunities for Research in the Humanities and Health

This is a repost of Grant News by NEH:

NEH and AHRC Announce Collaborative Grant Opportunity to Use Humanities Scholarship to Study Health and Wellbeing in the UK and US

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom (AHRC) are cooperating to advance research in the humanities that focuses on the humanities and health and well-being. Applications are invited for support of collaborative research projects that use humanities disciplines to better understand health, well-being, disability, medical science and technology, or other aspects of the health sciences. Projects might investigate, for example, literary narratives of healing, the role of culture or cultural difference in health and medicine, or comparative cultural perspectives on disability. Projects must involve scholars from both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Applications are to be submitted to the NEH’s Collaborative Research program, with funding to be provided by NEH in the United States and the AHRC in the United Kingdom.

Application Deadline: December 6, 2012

Awards will be made for a minimum of one year and up to a maximum of three years with funding of between $25,000 (£15,000) and $100,000 (£62,000) available per project per year.

More details about this grant:


Information on how to apply for this grant:


NIH Invites Humanities Researchers to Contribute to the Study of Culture and Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its Opportunity Network for Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research (OppNet), has announced a special funding opportunity for basic social and behavioral research on culture, health and wellbeing. Researchers in humanities disciplines are encouraged to apply as part of projects that maintain a required majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences.

A Focus on Understanding Culture

According to the NIH announcement, “Culture usually is defined in terms of beliefs and practices that are shared within a population, which itself may share attributes such as ethnicity, race, language, gender, sexuality, specific physical impairments or geographic space. These beliefs and practices reflect common values, socialization processes that are intrinsic to the population of interest, and their other shared attributes. In practice, investigators may use gross distinctions such as demographic categories or political boundaries as proxies for culture, with little attention to how well these categories capture actual shared culture. The specific processes by which culture encompasses beliefs and practices related to health may be obscured by surrogate variables to designate culture (e.g., language, national origin, race/ethnicity). There is a need for research that improves the conceptualization and measurement of culture and does this in the context of health and social and behavioral processes that influence health.”

Under this program, OppNet expects to provide grants for infrastructure support to develop, strengthen, and evaluate transdisciplinary approaches and methods for basic behavioral and/or social research on the relationships among cultural practices/beliefs, health, and wellbeing. This includes an appreciation for more comprehensive understandings of the relationships regarding cultural attitudes, beliefs, practices, and processes, on outcomes relevant to human health and wellbeing.  OppNet specifically welcomes research teams that include expertise complementary to basic social and behavioral sciences, e.g., arts, ethics, humanities, law.

Application Deadline: December 17, 2012

NIH intends to commit $1,425,000 in FY2013 for approximately 5-7 awards. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations. Applications must have a majority emphasis in basic behavioral and social sciences.

Information on how to apply for this grant: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-12-002.html

In addition, a webinar hosted by the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development explains this grant in greater detail: http://www.nea.gov/research/TaskForce/Oct4-2012.html

The National Endowment for the Humanities Needs Your Help

Today’s post is a letter from NHA’s Interm Executive Director, Duane Webster.

Dear Colleague:

Wednesday, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the FY 2013 spending bill that includes funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  The bill proposes $132 million for the agency in FY 2013.  This represents a decrease of $14 million, or 9.6%, from the FY 2012 level of $146 million.

Now is the time to register your opposition. The full House Appropriations Committee still needs to consider the bill.  Please contact your Representative today and ask them to support the humanities and oppose cuts to the NEH.  The Alliance is urging Congress to provide no less than $154.3 million for NEH in FY 2013, the same level requested by the President.

Table: NEH Annual Appropriations (in millions of dollars)

Fiscal Year ‘95 ‘96 ‘00 ‘01 ‘02 ‘03 ‘04 ‘05 ‘06 ‘07 ‘08 ‘09 ‘10 ‘11 ‘12 ‘13
Appropriation 172.0 110.0 115.3 120.0 124.5 124.9 135.3 138.1 140.9 141.1 144.7 155.0 167.5 154.7 146.0 n/a

Click here to send a customizable electronic message from the Alliance’s online action center.

Thank you for making your voice heard.


Duane Webster
Interim Executive Director
National Humanities Alliance

The NEH budget is very important to anthropologists: NEH supports high quality projects and programs that reach every U.S. state and territory, and benefit millions of Americans each year.  In FY 2011, NEH provided more than $131.1 million in support of 1,086 humanities projects.  These grants produce tangible results in every community.  For example, through NEH-supported projects in FY 2011 alone (non-exhaustive list):

  • Approximately 2,856 college, community college, and school teachers benefited from education programs supported by NEH; after participating in workshops, fellowships, and special projects, these educators went on to reach more than 389,000 students
  • 4,700 people in museums, libraries, archives, and historical organizations received training to learn the proper techniques to preserve and enhance access to humanities collection
  • 32 television and radio projects produced 110 broadcast hours, drawing cumulative audiences of approximately 37 million people
  • 24 preservation projects preserved and/or provided access to 1,145 hours of recorded sound and video collections; 3,685 linear feet of archival documents; 631,401 manuscripts, and other materials
  • research grants supported the work of 210 individual scholars and 56 long-term, collaborative  projects such as scholarly editions, translations, and archaeological excavations

Please take a moment to urge Congress to protect the NEH.

NEH and NSF award $3.9 million to preserve languages threatened with extinction

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the award of 10 fellowships and 24 institutional grants totaling $3.9 million in the agencies’ ongoing Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) program.

This is the seventh round of their campaign to preserve records of languages threatened with extinction. Experts estimate that more than half of the approximately 7,000 currently used human languages are bound for oblivion in this century, and the window of opportunity for high-quality language field documentation, they say, narrows with each passing year.

These new DEL awards will support digital documentation work on almost 50 endangered languages, enhance the computational infrastructure of the field and provide training for the next generation of researchers.

Read the complete article.

Congratulations to grant recipients!

NEH Summer Stipend



Just a reminder that the deadline for the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends is September 29th.

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.

Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources.
Summer Stipends support full-time continuous work on a humanities project for a period of two months.
Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development.

Visit NEH’s website for complete details.

Budget Cuts Impact Humanities

Most federal humanities programs received major cuts in FY 2011, and new budget allocations released by the House indicate that FY 2012 could result in even larger across-the-board reductions. As work on FY 2012 appropriations in Congress moves forward, you can help by contacting your congressional representatives. Here are two programs that directly impact many AAA members:

Title VI/Fulbright-Hays International Education Programs
The U.S. Department of Education just cancelled all new Fulbright-Hays International Education Program grants, stating: “Congressional action on the FY 2011 budget substantially reduced funds available for grants from the Title VI Programs, including new grants under the DDRA (Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad) Program. Therefore, no new awards will be made under the DDRA Program in FY 2011.”
Please write your Members of Congress and ask them to restore FY 2012 funding for the Department of Education’s International Education and Foreign Language Studies programs-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays- to the FY 2010 enacted level of $125.9 million.

Ask Congress to Support the Humanities – Restore NEH FY12 Funding
Please write your Members of Congress and ask them to support the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) by requesting $167.5 million in FY12 funding for the agency. This would restore NEH funding to the same level the agency received in FY10. As you may know, the final, FY11 year-end Continuing Resolution (CR) set NEH funding for the current year at $155 million–a $12.5 million cut from the FY10 level.  In the FY12 Budget Proposal, President Obama has requested $146 million for the agency in FY12.  If enacted, this figure would represent an even deeper, $21 million cut from the FY10 level.

The National Humanities Alliance has template messages in which you can personalize for your congressional representative. Please contact your representative today!


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