9/18/2019 Amy Cuhel-Schuckers

Think Strategically: NEH Fellowship Submission Planning

Did you know, if you planned well, that you could apply up to three times to the NEH Fellowship program for a single sabbatical period? This strategy takes advantage of the NEH Fellowship Program's unusually long start window, of up to 21 months. Note: the beginning of the start-date window is the January 1st following your April submission.

Here's an example. Let's say your next sabbatical, or your Junior Faculty Research Semester, is in the 2022-2023 academic year. Let's imagine a June 1, 2022 start date for the first two tries.

  • 1st try. You apply in April 2020, for a June 2022 start date (and get 12 months of support). 
  • 2nd try. If the initial submission was declined, you could apply a second time in April 2021, using reviewer comments, for a June  2022 start date (and get 12 months of support).
  • 3rd try. If the second submission was declined, you would get a second set of reviewer comments and apply for a third time in April 2022, for a January 1, 2023 start date (and get up to 8 months of support, i.e., through August 2023).

The next deadline for the NEH Fellowship Program is April 8, 2020. Think about it. And, set up a meeting with Amy Cuhel-Schuckers soon to discuss other strategies and funding opportunities.

(If we get enough interest, we may set up a Fellowship writing group for the Spring 2020, in conjunction with the Faculty Center. Let Amy Cuhel-Schuckers or Amy Mulnix know if you may be interested.)

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