Humanities and COVID-19 Research Grants Available

The deadline for applications for funds to support humanities research is fast approaching!  The purpose of the IHC Research Fellowship Program is to stimulate scholarship in the humanities, to provide support for scholars who need time and money for research, and to share the results with academic and public audiences.

The IHC will award up to eight fellowships of $3,500 each in 2020.  Funds for four of the fellowships are earmarked for humanities research specifically focused on the exploration of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Idaho.  Funding for the research grants is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) with funding for the COVID-19-specific research grants funded by NEH as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

Applicants interested in applying for a grant should first review the grant guidelines and may call IHC staff to discuss the project idea.  Staff will respond to draft applications submitted by August 15.  Final applications are due September 15.

Scholars in all disciplines of the humanities are eligible for Research Fellowships. Given IHC’s commitment to public humanities, the Council encourages projects of special interest to general audiences. Projects do not have to be about Idaho, except those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Scholars are expected to make at least two public presentations, in-person or virtual, about their research.

More information about criteria for selection, application procedures and forms are available on under GRANTS. The application requirements include items such as: a grant proposal abstract and narrative, a description of the research work plan, information about public presentations and the projected outcome of the research, a budget, a vita, and two reference letters.  The draft and final application are submitted online.  Call (208) 345-5346 for more information.


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