The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States and provides critical support for research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. The organization funds projects across a range of disciplines, including political science, through a diverse array of opportunities. Grantees include universities, colleges, research institutes, libraries, archives, and museums, as well as individual scholars.
Current Funding Status
On July 19 and August 1, respectively, the House and Senate passed H.R. 6147, allocating $155 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. This funding level is a $2 million increase from the 2018 fiscal year.
On March 23, 2018 President Trump signed an FY18 omnibus spending bill (H.R. 1625). The bill includes approximately $153 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a $3 million increase from FY17.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies' funding bill for FY19 allocates $155 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a $2 million increase from FY18 funding levels.
The FY 2018 and 2019 Presidential Budget Requests both recommended Congress gradually end federal support for the NEH.
APSA is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA). Each year, APSA participates in NHA's Advocacy Day, which brings scholars to Capitol Hill to discuss the importance of political science research and express support for strong funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NHA created a Take Action page for the public to easily express support for the humanities to Congress and the media.
NEH Appropriations Committees