NEHC Request for Proposals – Applications Closed

Guidelines and Application

NEHC Mission and Overview

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) promotes and strengthens intellectual collaboration, interdisciplinary exchange, and innovative educational, intercultural, and curricular programming among New England Humanities centers and institutes, and the faculty, students, and regional, national, and global communities they serve. NEHC includes: Amherst College, Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rhode Island, the University of Vermont, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College. The Humanities Institute of the University of Connecticut (UCHI) in Storrs, Connecticut is currently the executive and administrative hub of the NEHC.

Award Description

The New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC) is offering competitive seed grants for research initiatives in the humanities that seek to capitalize on the collaborative network of the consortium. Applications seeking to sustain, and build on, previously funded NEHC initiatives that demonstrated success are also welcome. Awards of up to $5000 will be made. (For projects whose total budgets exceed $5000 applicants must list additional committed funding sources and amounts.)  Priority will be given to applications demonstrating concrete plans for consortium membership involvement. Such involvement can take different forms, but will typically involve, e.g. direct collaboration between two or more member institutions and/or active and solicitation of faculty, staff, or students exclusively from member institutions. Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution. Potential areas of funding interest include the following (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Collaborative research projects
  • Summer Seminars
  • Study or working groups
  • Shared speakers across institutions
  • Collaborative course design
  • Exhibitions

Please submit materials electronically in pdf or Word docx to YOUR HUMANITIES CENTER or INSTITUTE DIRECTOR BY MAY 15, 2020. They will then pass along the proposal to the NEHC board.

Application Procedure and Timeline

Applications for the NEHC RFP must include the following:

  1. Cover page (1 page) stating
  • Title of the project
  • Name, department/program/school location, and NEHC school representation of PI(s)
  • Requested NEHC funding amount (Awards of up to $5000)
  1. Project narrative (2 pages, single spaced, 1” margins, 12pt font) detailing:
  • The goals of the project
  • How those goals address those of NEHC
  • Plans for involving NEHC member institutions and which institutions in particular will be involved
  • How those goals will be pursued
  • Names and roles of participants
  • Expected outcomes and/or deliverables
  • External funding sources, if any
  • Project timeline describing completion of project goals and outcomes
  1. CV (2 page) of Principal Investigator(s)
  2. Budget and Award Period:
  • Total budget. (For projects whose budgets exceed $5000, please list additional committed funding sources and amounts, as validated by an attached letter of support.)
  • The award period will typically not exceed one (1) calendar year and must be stated in the application timeline.

The awardees will be required to submit a detailed summary of the project at the end of their funding term.

Reporting Requirements

All PIs will be required to submit a two-page report no more than one (1) month after the end of the award period specified in the award letter. The report should detail and substantiate progress on the following elements of the project:

  • The extent to which project goals have been met
  • Specific indicators or signs of success
  • Outcomes and/or deliverables achieved
  • Number of NEHC member institutions (and faculty/students) involved

Questions and requests for more information are encouraged and should be directed to UCHI (

Day of NEHC-DH: Digital Scholarship in New England

May 14, 2019
Humanities Institute Conference Room,
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT


9-9:30 Breakfast and Welcome by Anke Finger (DHMS-UConn)

9:30-11 Session 1: DH at NEHC Institutions (intros, structures, projects, concentrations, stakeholders)

11-12:30 Session 2: Resources (strengths at each institution, needs, networks)


12:30-2:00 Lunch


2-3pm Projects and Goals: what can NEHC-DH do for us? What can we do for NEHC-DH?

3-4pm Breakout session (groups work on defined projects or goals)

4-5pm Discussion and next-steps for NEHC-DH


6pm Dinner at local restaurant


Participants: Colby College, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Wheaton College

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Apply Now for Faculty of Color Working Group Inaugural Symposium

New England Humanities Consortium is thrilled to announce the Mellon-funded, Faculty of Color Working Group Symposium on May 10, 2019, at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation and New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), The recently formed Faculty of Color Working Group (FCWG) invites applications for a one-day, inaugural symposium at Wheaton College, MA, on May 10, 2019.

The climate of race, gender, sexuality, and class-based inhumanity in the United States and abroad disproportionately affects communities of color in their work lives, social relations, and health. In academe, despite the professional status achieved by people of color, these politics often play a significant role in their professional development opportunities (or lack thereof), job security, compensation, working environment, and health.

To respond to these issues and challenges, the Faculty of Color Working Group, part of the Mellon-funded New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), currently invites applicants for the FCWG’s first symposium. We believe it will promote supportive professional networks and create cross-disciplinary mentorship opportunities.

This one-day symposium will feature multiple opportunities to participate in an array of interactive and networking sessions, including:

  1. Navigating Tenure and Promotion Processes
  2. Publishing Strategies including Public, Engaged, or Applied Scholarship
  3. Negotiating Institutional Politics
  4. Negotiating Demands Across the Academic Life Course
  5. Administrative Career Paths
  6. Networking and Mentoring Strategies
  7. Excellence in Teaching Practice

Confirmed Speakers include:

Courtney Berger Duke U Press
Crystal Williams Boston University
Pawan Dhingra Amherst College
Floyd Cheung Smith College
Renee White Wheaton College
Patricia Matthew Montclair State University

Please note that space will be limited to ensure a high level of interaction among all participants.


Symposium fellows will receive a $350 stipend to defray individual costs of travel. Lodging and most meals are provided. The symposium is open to faculty of all ranks.


Interested individuals should submit a brief letter of application outlining what the applicant hopes to gain by attending the workshop as well as a 2 to 3-page, abbreviated Curriculum Vitae.  Please submit your materials at: by April 2, 2019. To ensure proper receipt of your application you must put “FCWG SYMPOSIUM” in the subject line of your email. All fellows will be asked to complete a questionnaire relevant to planning the symposium and for identifying specific FCWG priorities moving forward. Please distribute this call widely to appropriate potential applicants and feel free to direct inquiries to Cathy Schlund-Vials ( and Melina Pappademos (

Touba Ghadessi at Wheaton

Touba Ghadessi, Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Provost at Wheaton College, will talk about her recently published book, Portraits of Human Monsters in the Renaissance: Dwarves, Hirsutes, and Castrati as Idealized Anatomical Anomalies. It focuses on the ways in which human difference has been historically represented, categorized, and interpreted in various Italian and French courts of the Renaissance.

The talk will be available for viewing via Livestream.

The event is also open to the public, in person, at in the Holman Room of Mary Lyon Hall at Wheaton College (calendar details).

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