Request for Proposals

To apply and see application guidelines please click: RFP 2023 Application. Please submit materials electronically by 11:59 p.m. EST October 1st, 2023.

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


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

Application Requirements and Procedure

Applications 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


● 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 mefossa@colby.edu