By: Stacey Weber-Feve
On Monday, February 22nd, a large WLC cohort was out in strength attending a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Application Workshop, held in the Sun Room in the Memorial Union of Iowa State University. ISU hosted the regional workshop, a rare event (!), and invited colleagues from institutions across the Midwest. A packed room with over 100 researchers, teachers, and administrators in attendance, attendees gained valuable insight into how to improve their chances of success in winning a highly competitive NEH Fellowship or Summer Stipend.
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency that was created in 1965 to fund humanities programs in the United States. According to its mission statement, “NEH serves and strengthens [the] republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans […] by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers” (http://www.neh.gov/about). The term “humanities” includes, but is not limited to, the fields of language (modern and classical), linguistics, literature, history, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, history, and social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.
WLC sends a big thank-you to Sandra Norvell, ISU Research Coordinator for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and member of the LAS External Research Support Team, for her and her team’s efforts in putting together this important event.