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Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies
to Support Humanities Fellowships

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Division of Research Programs

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08/21/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support fellowships that facilitate quality research and advanced study in the humanities. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Fellowship programs may take place in the U.S. or abroad. Funding is intended to foster communities of intellectual exchange among participating scholars and provide access to resources that might otherwise not be available to the participating scholars.

FPIRI fellowship tenure must be continuous and last from four to twelve months. Residential fellows are expected to be in residence during their entire tenure period and to work on their projects on a full-time basis. Likewise, nonresidential NEH-funded fellows are expected to work on their projects on a full-time basis. If a fellow is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the tenure period, he/she shall receive a prorated stipend.

For more information on fellowship requirements, see the Guidelines:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164803

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $375,000; recent awards have ranged from $53,000 to $317,900.

FPIRI awards support fellowship stipends at a rate of $5,000 per month and up to $5,000 total per year for the costs of selecting fellows.

Term of Contract:

Up to thirty-six months: The period of performance begins on January 1, 2021 with the first round of selection for 2021-22 fellows, and it ends on June 30, 2024 (the end of the final academic year in which fellowships are awarded).


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for a FPIRI grant, an organization must meet two criteria:

1. The applicant organization must have established and maintained a fellowship program for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline for this program.

2. The applicant organization must be financed, governed, and administered independently of institutions of higher education. To demonstrate its independence, the applicant must meet all of the following conditions:
- It must be a U.S. nonprofit institution with its own 501(c)(3) status, a state or local governmental agency, or a federally recognized Native American tribal government.
- It must be financially independent from institutions of higher education, with no single college or university contributing more than 49 percent to the applicant organization’s annual operating budget (including in-kind donations such as workspace, administrative support, etc.).
- It must be governed by its own board of trustees, with a majority of members from no single institution of higher education.
- It must be administered by a professional, independent chief executive officer or equivalent.

Individuals, institutions of higher education, and foreign entities are not eligible to apply.

NEH generally does not award grants to other federal entities or to applicants whose projects are so closely intertwined with a federal entity that the project takes on characteristics of the federal entity’s own authorized activities. This does not preclude applicants from using grant funds from, or sites and materials controlled by, other federal entities in their projects.

Pre-Application Information:


- Until August 21, 2019: Contact Division of Research Programs program officers with questions and for advice (optional)
- July 10, 2019: Applicants that have not registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and should begin the process by this date
- July 10, 2019: Submit draft application (optional) by this date
- August 7, 2019: Applicants that have registered in SAM and should verify their registrations by this date
- August 21, 2019: Applications must be submitted through and validated by by 11:59 PM on this date
- December 2019: Peer review panel takes place
- March 2020: Meeting of the National Council on the Humanities, followed by funding decisions
- April 2020: Applicants are notified of the funding decisions
- May-June 2020: Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications receive award documents by e-mail from the NEH Office of Grant Management
- January 2021: Successful applicants begin the process of selecting their fellows

Applications must be received and validated by by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 21, 2019. will date- and time-stamp your application after it is fully uploaded. Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

In order to apply through, the applicant organization must first have or obtain a valid Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, and register (or have an active registration) in the System for Award Management (SAM). Note: If you are registering in for the first time, you must provide an original, signed notarized letter stating that you are the authorized Entity Administrator for the entity associated with the DUNS number before your registration will be activated. Read the SAM update and FAQs ( to learn more about this process change. The initial SAM registration can take up to six weeks.

Applicant organizations with a valid DUNS number and an active SAM registration must then register with Visit at for complete registration information. The initial registration process can take up to two weeks. If your organization has already registered with, you must verify that your registration is still active and that your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) is current and has been approved. It is strongly recommended that you do this at least two weeks before the application deadline.

Applicants will be notified of the decision by e-mail in March 2020. Institutional grants administrators and project directors of successful applications will receive award documents from the NEH Office of Grant Management by e-mail in April 2020.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Research Programs at:
Tel: 202-606-8200
TTY: 800-877-8399

Division of Research Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20506

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