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Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)


    Grants for Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) support fellowships at institutions devoted to advanced study and research in the humanities. Recognizing that at times scholars need to work away from their homes and institutions, the FPIRI program sponsors fellowships that provide scholars with research time, a stimulating intellectual environment, and access to resources that might otherwise not be available to them.

    Fellowship programs may be administered by independent centers for advanced study, libraries, and museums in the United States; American overseas research centers; and American organizations that have expertise in promoting research in foreign countries. Individual scholars apply directly to the institutions for fellowships.

    In evaluating applications consideration is given to the library holdings, archives, special collections, and other resources—either on site or nearby—that institutions make available to fellows.


    History of Funding

    Currently funded institutions can be seen at

    Additional Information

    Reviewers will be asked to consider the following questions when evaluating applications:
    1. Humanities significance: How important to the advancement of the humanities is the fellowship program for which funding is requested?
    2. Resources, facilities, and assistance: Are fellows likely to pursue their research more successfully because of the research collections, facilities, services, and other resources provided by the applicant institution? How effectively does the institution promote intellectual exchange? How effectively does it administer its fellowship program?
    3. Applicant pool, publicity, and budget: Is the applicant pool appropriate to the size of the program? How effective are the publicity and outreach for the fellowship competition? Does the application make a persuasive case for the amount of NEH support requested for fellowships?
    4. Fairness of selection: Is the fellowship selection process expert and objective? Has the institution chosen highly qualified and impartial selection committee members, who reflect an appropriate disciplinary and regional diversity? Does the institution avoid conflicts of interest (or the appearance of conflicts) in establishing the selection committee and choosing the fellows? Does the process, as described, ensure that the best possible candidates are selected?
    5. Performance: How strong is the institution's previous record in offering fellowships? Have former fellows been productive? Have the scholarly contributions resulting from FPIRI fellowships or other fellowships been of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities?


    NEH Research Staff

    NEH Research Staff
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    Washington, DC 20506

  • Eligibility Details

    To apply for a FPIRI grant, an organization must
    • be a U.S. nonprofit institution with its own 501(c)(3) status, a state or local governmental agency, or a federally recognized Indian tribal government;
    • be financed, governed, and administered independently of institutions of higher education; and
    • have established and maintained a fellowship program with its own or other funding for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.
    Individuals 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.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by August 26, 2020. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Approximately $1,900,000 is available in total funding. Awards are made to support fellowships, generally for three years. Applicants may apply for a ceiling of up to $400,000. Applicants may request the full amount in outright funds, or may request up to $200,000 in federal matching funds. The period of performance begins on January 1, 2022 and ends no later than June 30, 2025.

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