Higher Education: NEH Awards $1.7 Million in Grants to 28 Institutions to Plan/Implement “Next Generation PhD”
Launching a major effort to transform the culture of graduate education, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that 28 colleges and universities are slated to receive a total of $1.65 million in grants to plan and implement changes to graduate education that will broaden the career preparation of a PhD student beyond a career in the academy.
Next Generation PhD is the first time that NEH, a longtime public funder of the humanities, is tackling the issue of how PhD students who immerse themselves deeply in graduate humanities research and writing can look to apply their skills and experience beyond teaching and professor positions to a broader range of careers.
Under the new grant program, NEH is making awards in two categories: 25 planning grants of $25,000 each, and three implementation grants of $350,000 each, which support and expand efforts that are already underway. Each of the grants requires the institution to raise matching funds as a sign of their commitment.
Together, the two types of grants represent the agency’s first effort into sparking transformation in how graduate programs work to prepare their students for a broad range of careers at the conclusion of their often years-long, intensely academic graduate school experiences.
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