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Peer Review Opportunity for 2011 NEH Fellowship Applicants

Peer Review Opportunity for 2011 NEH Fellowship Applicants
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Tue., Mar. 1, 2011, 5:00pm

Applications for National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships are subject to a highly competitive review. Proposals have to attract a unanimous "Excellent" rating to stand a chance of success. How can you improve your chances? Critical feedback on your draft proposal from knowledgeable scholars can make all the difference. This spring, the Hall Center is organizing a peer review opportunity for humanities or social science faculty planning to apply for a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship in 2011. Participants will have the unique opportunity to have their proposals evaluated by a panel of their KU peers prior to NEH submission.

The review panel will be composed of KU faculty members who have either served on NEH review panels in the past or have experienced unusual success in the national grants and fellowships arena. Panelists will follow the NEH procedure of reviewing and providing written comments on each application. This constructive criticism can then be used to improve or refine proposals prior to the NEH submission deadline. This deadline typically falls on the first Monday of May.

Scholars who wish to take advantage of this opportunity must submit their draft proposals to the Humanities Grant Development Office (HGDO) by Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by 5 p.m.

A complete application should include an informational page containing your name, department, the title of your proposal, and a one-paragraph abstract, and the following components required by the NEH: 1) three-page (single-spaced) project description, 2) one-page bibliography, and 3) two-page resume. Documents should be formatted according to the agency's instructions. Applications should be submitted via email to hgdo@ku.edu. The panel's comments will be provided to applicants by April 1.

Although the NEH does not typically post its guidelines until March, faculty should work from the previous year's guidelines (which vary little, if at all, from year to year). You may find these at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fellowships.html.

Because panelists will be using the NEH criteria, this review panel is not suitable for applicants to other grant competitions.

Please contact Hall Center Director Victor Bailey (4-7821, vbailey@ku.edu) or Humanities Grant Development Officer Kathy Porsch (4-7834, kporsch@ku.edu) with any questions.

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