Awards & Honors: NEH Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI)

The NEH’s grants for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. Recognizing that at times scholars need to work away from their homes and institutions, the FPIRI program offers fellowships that provide scholars with research time, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them.

These grants are considered Highly Prestigious by the National Research Council (NRC).


Deadline: August 9, 2017 for Projects Beginning January 2019
Link: http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/fellowship-programs-independent-research-institutions

Program Details

  • Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research in foreign countries
  • Individual scholars apply directly to the institutions for fellowships. A list of currently-funded institutions is available.
  • In evaluating applications consideration is given to the library holdings, archives, special collections, and other resources–either on site or nearby–that institutions make available to fellows.
  • FPIRI grants provide funding to programs for humanities fellowships of four to twelve months.
  • The fellowships are held at the U.S. grantee institutions or — in the case of overseas research centers and organizations — abroad. Fellowship tenure must be fulltime and continuous. FPIRI-funded fellows must be selected by an external committee.

Award Amount

  • Upper $400,000; lower $90,000
  • Awards are made to support fellowships, generally for three years. Recent grants have ranged from $113,400 to $373,800.
  • The grant period begins on January 1, 2017, and it ends on June 30, 2020.
  • Successful applicants will be awarded a grant in outright funds, matching funds, or a combination of the two, depending on the request of the applicant and the availability of funds.

Eligibility

  • To apply for a FPIRI grant, an organization must
    • be a U.S. nonprofit institution with IRS tax-exempt status, a state or local governmental agency, or a federally recognized Indian tribal government;
    • be financed, governed, and administered independently of institutions of higher education; and
    • have established and maintained a fellowship program with its own or other funding for at least three years.
  • Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and organizations that have expertise in promoting research on foreign cultures. Individual scholars must apply directly to the institutions themselves.
  • NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.

Program guidelines for the 2017 competition will be posted on the NEH site at least two months in advance of the August 9 deadline. In the meantime, you may use the guidelines for the previous deadline to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.

Questions?

Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 and fpiri@neh.gov.