The Academic Affairs Council wants faculty to be aware of the following opportunity from the National Endowment for the Humanities: www.neh.gov/grants/research/summer-stipends

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 continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months. Summer Stipends support projects at any stage of development. Summer Stipends are awarded to individual scholars. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

The Summer Stipends program welcomes projects that respond to NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative. Such projects could focus on cultures internationally or within the United States. International projects might seek to enlarge Americans’ understanding of other places and times, as well as other perspectives and intellectual traditions. American projects might explore the great variety of cultural influences on, and myriad subcultures within, American society. These projects might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest. In connection with a focus on civic discourse, projects might explore the role of women in America’s civic life as well as the civic role of women in other cultures and regions of the world. All applications will be given equal consideration in accordance with the program’s evaluation criteria, whether or not they respond to the Bridging Cultures initiative.

Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Once faculty members are nominated by their institutions, they may submit their applications via Grants.gov. Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members. Any full-time faculty member is eligible for nomination.

In order to be considered for nomination from MSU Moorhead, please submit the following, electronically, no later that 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9 to Brittney Goodman – brittney.goodman@mnstate.edu

(1) A brief letter of interest including a summary of the research project you are proposing

(2) A two-page Vita

Faculty who submit this material will be notified no later than Wednesday, Sept. 18, whether or not they will receive a nomination from MSU Moorhead, and if applicable, will need to follow the process and timeline outlined on the NEH website: summer-stipends-sep-26-2013

Note that it is a tight timeline – Sept 26 – for the materials to be submitted via Grants.gov.