Humanities Research Centers on Artificial Intelligence

Funding Agency:
National Endowment for the Humanities

The Humanities Research Centers on Artificial Intelligence program aims to support a more holistic understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) in the modern world through the creation of new humanities research centers on artificial intelligence at eligible institutions. Centers must focus their scholarly activities on exploring the ethical, legal, or societal implications of AI.  

A Center is a sustained collaboration among scholars focused on exploring a specific topic. Successful applicants will examine the humanities implications of AI through two or more related scholarly activities. Centers must be led by scholars in the humanities or humanistic social sciences, but should include scholars from multiple disciplines. Scholars may come from one or more institutions. NEH welcomes international collaboration, but scholars at U.S. institutions must contribute significantly to the project. This program is for establishing new Centers; existing Centers and Institutes are not eligible in this competition.

In addition to the establishment of a sustainable Center, your project should engage in at least two activities that support research into the ethical, legal, or societal implications of AI. Appropriate activities may include but are not limited to: collaborative research and writing efforts; workshops or lecture series; education and mentoring; and the creation of digital tools to increase or advance scholarly discourse about AI.  

You may submit only one application under this notice. 


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Nov. 28, 2023
  • Optional draft due: January 10, 2024

  • Application Deadline: February 14, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply, your organization must be established in the United States or its jurisdictions as one of the following:  • a nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code • an accredited institution of higher education (public or nonprofit) • a state or local government or one of their agencies • a federally recognized Native American Tribal government 

Individuals and other organizations, including foreign and for-profit entities, are ineligible. 

Amount Description

You may request up to $500,000, (with a maximum of $200,000 per year) plus an additional $250,000 in federal matching funds. This includes the sum of direct and indirect costs.  NEH anticipates awarding approximately $1,000,000 among an estimated 2 recipients. 

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF:

1) Project overview (1 page): Provide a concise statement about your Center written for a non-specialist audience. Describe:

    • Long-term vision of the Center.
    • Proposed activities to meet this vision.
    • Expected outcomes of the Center.
    • Who will lead and take part in these activities. 
    • Potential impact for the Center.

2) Resume (2 pages): This should include mailing and email addresses, the highest degree earned, the name of the institution awarding the degree, professional positions held, institutional affiliations, and major publications. 


Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code: ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

Internal Deadline

November 28, 2023

External Deadline

February 14, 2024