Request For Proposals

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 and potential of the consortium. Applications seeking to sustain, and build on, previously funded NEHC initiatives that demonstrated success are also welcome. Awards of up to $5,000 will be made. (For projects whose total budgets exceed $5,000 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 solicitation of faculty, staff, or students exclusively from member institutions. Potential areas of funding interest include the following (this list is by no means exhaustive):

  • Collaborative research projects
  • Digital Humanities projects
  • DEI-related Humanities projects
  • Public Humanities programming
  • Programming with State Humanities Councils
  • Programming reflecting the Humanities and the Pandemic
  • Summer Seminars
  • Study, writing, or working groups
  • Shared speakers across institutions
  • Collaborative course design
  • Exhibitions and Public Performances

To apply, please click: RFP 2023 Application


Applications are welcome from individuals or teams, but the PI must be on the faculty of a NEHC member institution.

Application Requirements and Procedure

Please submit materials electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST October 1st, 2023. Proposals will not be considered without verification that the proposal and its budget follow Institutional policy and procedure prior to this date. We invite you to share your proposal and budget with the Director of the Humanities Center / Institute at the lead PI's institution for this purpose as early as possible [and by September 25].

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)

2. Project narrative (2 pages, single spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt 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

3. CV (2 page) of Principal Investigator(s)

4. 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. Please keep in mind travel may continue to be complex through 2022-23. Budget with remote alternatives in mind.)
  • 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.

Please see this document for FAQs.

See here for information about past award recipients.

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