NEH Language Teaching Support Fund

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  • Application Deadlines: Due by 11:59 pm on 15 September, 15 November, 15 March, and 15 May. There are no extensions to these deadlines.
  • Questions? Contact Margaret Imber (mimber@bates.edu) or Kerry O’Brien (kobrien@bates.edu)
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The NEH Language Teaching Support Fund (NEH Fund) provides grants to faculty teaching in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. These grants support language pedagogy and research related to pedagogy. Most grants range from $500 to $3,000, though grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded for an individual faculty member and up to $10,000 for a collaboration among two or more language faculty.  Details on what grants support can be found below.

2017-2018 NEH Fund Committee: Claudia Aburto Guzman, Dennis Browne, Hamish Cameron, Margaret Imber (ex officio), Laurie O’Higgins, Mary Rice-DeFosse, Brian Ruppert, Shuhui Yang

To apply. Please click on this link to be directed to the NEH Fund application form. A brief narrative with project title, and detailed, totaled budget should be uploaded into this form as a single PDF.  AAAs and Help Desk staff can assist faculty who need help converting documents to PDF format. Project start date and end dates are required, and are used to establish and terminate grant accounts.

Narrative. A two-page (maximum) narrative with project title must include a statement describing the project and its importance to the applicant’s teaching or student language learning. The narrative should include a rationale for the work, as well as the anticipated pedagogical or curricular benefits.  A project timetable should explain when the work will be completed.

Detailed Budget. The proposal must include a detailed, totaled budget of all expenses for the project. Preference is given to proposals with specific, well-justified budgets. For example, justified estimates of plane fares, hotel costs, Speaker costs, materials costs, and/or similar information is required.

NEH Language Teaching Support Grants support such expenses as:

  • Travel for curriculum development or pedagogical research (air and ground travel, lodging, meals, registrations, admissions, etc.)
  • Teaching materials (books, periodicals, films, technology, etc.)
  • Performance/event costs (fees for speakers, authors, or professional actors or musicians; accommodations; staging; catering; etc.)
  • Tuition/fees for language learning or pedagogical programs

NEH Fund Grants do NOT support:

  • Faculty salaries or stipends
  • Regular living expenses during a leave
  • Travel or living expenses for family members
  • Personal gear (clothing, medicines, personal items)

Project Timetable.  The project schedule should not exceed ONE full academic year following the year of application (i.e., approximately 18 months maximum).

Faculty members with temporary appointments are reminded that all internal grant funds must be used during the contract period. Other faculty who retire or otherwise leave the college during the grant period may only access grant funds until the end of the final contract period.

Accessing Grant Funds. The following practices apply to all intramural grant programs, unless otherwise specified. Faculty grantees may access funds only during the period of the grant (i.e., the start and end dates indicated on the application cover sheet). Faculty grantees may access grant funds through (1) reimbursement upon surrender of original receipts by the faculty member to Assistant Dean Jason Scheideman in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty; (2) direct payment of invoices, as approved by Dean Scheideman.

Final Report. Faculty members are expected to submit electronically a one page final report to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty (akeegan@bates.edu) on the work accomplished including an accounting of expenditures, within 60 days of the end of the grant period as indicated on the application cover sheet. Future funding is contingent on the submission of this report, without exception. Any funds remaining at the end of the grant period revert to the NEH Language Teaching Support Fund.