The Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research program supports institutionally based, empirical field research projects that answer significant humanities questions through archaeological and/or ethnographic methods. Archaeological methods may include field survey and field-based remote sensing, documentation or visualization, and excavations to answer research questions in ancient studies, history, anthropology, classical studies, art history, regional studies, epigraphy, and related disciplines. Ethnographic methods may include participant observation, surveys and interviews, and documentation or recording to answer research questions in anthropology, ethnolinguistics, oral history, ethnomusicology, performance studies, folklore studies, sociology, and related disciplines.
Competitive submissions embody exceptional research design, describe rigorous field methodologies, and clearly articulate a project’s value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. NEH strongly encourages you to work closely with local collaborators and/or local communities in the co-creation of knowledge and the preservation of culture, whenever possible.
NEH Field Research awards provide up to three years of support for domestic or international fieldwork projects. Allowable costs may include:
NEH Field Research grants also allow for up to $5,000 per 12-month period to be used for conservation or preservation efforts, such as site and artifact conservation and/or community outreach efforts.
For information about NEH Areas of Interest, see https://www.neh.gov/sites/default/files/inline-files/Archaeological%20and%20Ethnographic%20Field%20Research%202022%20and%202023%20w.%202023%20webinar%20information..pdf#page=5.
Estimated Total Program Funding: