Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 3/25/2024

Humanities Connections

This notice solicits applications for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Division of Education Programs’ Humanities Connections program. This program seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions by encouraging partnerships between humanities faculty and their counterparts in other areas of study. Awards support the planning or implementation of curricular projects connecting the humanities to the physical and natural sciences; pre-service or professional programs, including law and business; computer science, data science, and other technology-driven fields; or other non-humanities departments or schools. Projects must incorporate the approaches and learning activities of both the humanities and the non-humanities disciplines involved.

Competitive applications will demonstrate:

  • how the proposed project expands the role of the humanities in the undergraduate curriculum at the applicant institution(s)
  • substantive and purposeful integration of the subject matter, approaches, and learning activities of two or more disciplines (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  • collaboration between faculty from two or more departments or schools (with a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities)
  • a curricular structure that your institution could sustain over the long term, including interdisciplinary minors or certificates; curricular pathways such as concentrations within majors or general education programs; and other models appropriate to the institution

The Humanities Connections program includes two funding levels: Planning and Implementation.

Planning awards (up to $50,000 and for 12 months) support the interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty from two or more departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities). The award provides institutions the opportunity to create a firm foundation for an interdisciplinary undergraduate curricular program or initiative. Projects may build on existing programs or initiatives, including those currently managed by a single department, or may develop entirely new ones.

Implementation awards (up to $150,000 and from 18 to 36 months) support the introduction or revision of sustainable and interdisciplinary undergraduate curricula or initiatives at two- and four-year colleges and universities. Projects must involve faculty from two or more departments or schools (a minimum of one in and one outside of the humanities) and integrate the approaches and learning activities of the disciplines involved. Implementation proposals must show unambiguous evidence of prior planning and present a defined rationale with clear intellectual and logistical objectives supported by institutional leadership. The award provides the opportunity to build on faculty, administrative, or institutional partnerships and to develop and refine the project’s intellectual content, design, and scope. You should clearly demonstrate any partners’ or collaborators’ commitments; outline preferred approaches to curriculum building/consolidation; and explain outreach strategies to attract students to the new educational opportunity.


  • Optional Draft due: TBA

  • Application due: September 5, 2024 (anticipated)

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants include U.S. two- or four-year public or private 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, including community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, research universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions.

You may submit multiple applications for separate and distinct projects under this notice. Recipients of open Humanities Connections awards may apply.

Amount Description

You may request up to $50,000 for Planning or up to $150,000 for Implementation. This includes direct and indirect costs.