May 17, 2022

Funding: MLA’s Humanities Commons Receives $500,000 NEH Challenge Grant

From Michigan State University:

Humanities Commons (HC), led by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities for MSU’s College of Arts & Letters, has received a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to further develop and support its scholarly infrastructure, which has become an essential tool for the humanities field.

Founded by the Modern Language Association (MLA), thanks to support from the NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Humanities Commons is an online network for people working in the humanities.


“There have been networks for sharing pre-prints and working papers in science and social science fields for quite some time, but this hasn’t been a part of the way the humanities have worked up until very recently,” said Fitzpatrick, Project Director for Humanities Commons and the Principal Investigator on the grant. “It’s exciting to see scholars and practitioners in the humanities wanting to be more open and public with their work.”

The NEH funding will be used to implement a sustainability plan for the Humanities Commons digital network by enhancing the technical and administrative capacity to host the network and ensure its continuity.

Learn More, Read the Complete Announcement From MSU

See Also: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Announces $30.9 Million for 188 Humanities Projects Nationwide (January 14, 2019)

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