Public Scholar Program

Deadline Date: 02/07/2018

Agency: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Scope: PLEASE NOTE: Updated guidelines will be posted on the NEH website at least two months in advanced of the deadline. The following information is from last year, but is often the same or similar in subsequent years. The Public Scholar Program supports well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership. Although

humanities scholarship can be specialized, the humanities also strive to engage broad audiences in exploring subjects of general interest. They seek to deepen our understanding of the human condition as well as current conditions and contemporary problems. The Public Scholar Program aims to encourage scholarship that will be of broad interest and have lasting impact. Such scholarship might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest in a neglected subject, or examine the latest thinking on a topic. Books supported by this program must be grounded in humanities research and scholarship. They must address significant humanities themes likely to be of broad interest and must be written in a readily accessible style. Making use of primary and/or secondary sources, they should open up important and appealing subjects for a wide audience. The challenge is to make sense of a significant topic in a way that will appeal to general readers. Eligibility: The Public Scholar program accepts applications from individuals, whether they have an affiliation with a scholarly institution or not. U.S. citizens, whether they reside inside or

outside the United States, are eligible to apply. Foreign nationals who have been living in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years prior to the application deadline are also eligible. To be eligible, applicants must also meet one of the following conditions: they must either a) have written as sole author a book published by a university or commercial press; OR b) have written at least three articles and essays appearing in publications that reach a large national or international audience of general readers. The articles or essays may be published either in print or electronically. Funding: The Public Scholar program supports fellowships for periods lasting from six to twelve months at a stipend of $4,200 per month. The maximum stipend is $50,400 for a twelve-month period. Website: