NEH announces $18.2 million in awards and offers for 208 Humanities Projects

By NEH  March 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (March 27, 2014) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today $18.2 million in grants for 208 humanities projects, including grants to digitize, annotate, and analyze a corpus of ancient Coptic texts of importance to scholarship in biblical studies, early Christian history, and linguistics.

This funding will also support a wide variety of projects ranging from the production and development of films, the preservation of and access to historic collections, and the creation of new undergraduate courses in the humanities to stipends and fellowships that support scholarly research, the development of new digital tools for study of the humanities, traveling exhibitions, and the study and preservation of languages at risk of extinction.

Among the grants are those that will support a national traveling exhibition featuring an original copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio and enable production of a documentary film and website on the life and art of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun.

Several projects receiving grants in this funding cycle will help preserve historical and cultural collections and make them more accessible to the broader public, such as the digitization of 5,300 celestial maps and star charts dating from the 15th to 20th centuries documenting humanity’s visual depictions of the cosmos and the creation of an online research portal for archival materials created by or related to the Dadaist artist Marcel Duchamp, whose work helped define conceptual art.

NEH grants announced today will support a project that engages students in documenting and sharing stories of the traditions and transformations of Detroit’s ethnic neighborhoods through an interactive digital storytelling web portal and provide for the development of an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar exploring conceptions of time in physics, philosophy, fiction and film.

Grant funding will enable research on the reaction amongst American transcendental intellectuals in 1860 to Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and for a book on U.S. composer Aaron Copland and his work as a cultural diplomat in Latin America. Additional grants will provide for residential fellowships that allow scholars to conduct in-depth research at institutions such as the Huntington Library, the Center for Jewish History, and the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science and help document and preserve endangered languages from North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast and southern Chad.

“NEH grants play a crucial role in expanding our knowledge of our past, ourselves, and our world,” said NEH Deputy Chairman Carole Watson. “From exhibitions and films that reach audiences across the nation to innovative research tools that help scholars look at old problems in a new light, the National Endowment for the Humanities is proud to support some these important endeavors across a broad spectrum of the humanities.”

Institutions and independent scholars in 41 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will receive NEH support. Complete state-by-state listings of grants are available here (33-page PDF).

Grants were awarded in the following categories:

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: