As part of the Awards for Faculty program, the NEH offers research grants for individual faculty or staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs were established before 1964 to educate black Americans, but now all citizens are eligible to enroll. The lists available here catalogue the HBCUs across the country.
The Awards for Faculty grant program accepts applications from individuals conducting research in a humanities field, such as art history, philosophy, literature or interdisciplinary studies. The funding can support all different types of research projects. Past grantees have created digital materials, books, articles, and monographs, and undertaken research to improve undergraduate courses or to achieve community or institutional goals. The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2014, for projects beginning as early as January 1st, 2015.
Past projects demonstrate the variety of disciplines this grant program supports. The project of one recent grantee, Emily Greble, examined what it meant to be Muslim in Europe as nation-states emerged. Her project focused on how Balkan Muslims balanced practicing their religion with the various political upheavals they experienced from the collapse of the Ottoman Empire to the rise of the Communist state. Other investigations examine historical developments that explain modern trends. For example, Dirk Philipsen undertook a project that investigated the use of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an indicator of economic growth and economic health.
You can find more information about the grant program here. For further questions, please contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 or FacultyAwards@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.