NEH Summer Stipends Application Process

The National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer stipends for "two consecutive and uninterrupted months of full-time independent study and research." Faculty members teaching full-time at colleges or universities must be nominated by their institutions to apply for a Summer Stipend. Once faculty members are nominated by their institutions, they may submit their applications via Each college and university in the United States and its jurisdictions may nominate two faculty members. Any faculty member is eligible for nomination.


Any tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the humanities or any tenured or tenure-track faculty member who proposes a project in the humanities may apply.

Application Procedures and Standards for Proposals

  1. Applicants should prepare a detailed description of the proposed study, not to exceed six double-spaced pages, as well as a one-page bibliography for the project, following NEH guidelines. The initial proposal should be submitted to ORSP ( by the end of the first working day following August 14.
  2. Upon the recommendations of the Research Council, the director of the ORSP nominates up to two faculty members for the NEH stipend. The director of the ORPS informs the nominees. In most cases, the nominees are selected and informed by August 30.
  3. Nominees then prepare a final electronic application for the NEH on the NEH website, which includes the already completed description of the proposed study and bibliography along with the NEH cover sheet, and a resume (cover sheet is available at The electronic application asks you to designate the University's nominating official. At ACU that person is the Director of the ORSP.
  4. A hard copy of the completed proposal, along with the materials listed in #3 and with the submission approval form must be submitted to ORSP by the end of the second week of September.
  5. ORSP will submit the proposal via The nominating official will be notified by NEH and complete the nomination by the deadline.
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Dr. Ryan Jessup, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Jessup is interested in decisions.  What causes people to choose poorly?  How do learning and contextual factors influence choice?  In seeking to answer these questions, his research uses psychological models of motivation to distill the computational properties of decision making.  Computational modeling enhances research by requiring precision in theory formulation and constraining predictions.

One of Dr. Jessup’s primary streams of research concerns the behavioral differences between decisions when options are completely described vs. decisions when options must be learned about via experience.  Prior research found that individuals choose quite differently between the two paradigms but the reasons underlying the difference are poorly understood.  One of Dr. Jessup’s studies demonstrated that the reception of feedback overwhelms descriptive information, driving the behavioral differences between paradigms.  This work has led him and his colleagues (including Dr. John Homer and undergraduate researcher Allison Phillips) to build a new model that merges sophisticated decision making mechanisms with reinforcement learning in order to successfully predict behavior in both paradigms better than existing models. Dr. Jessup has previously received Cullen awards for this work and is currently seeking external funding to continue this fascinating line of research.

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