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National Endowment for the Humanities

400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506

800-634-1121 | Email:

CHAIRPeggy Plympton, Acting
Deputy ChairVacant

Assistant Chair, Partnership and Strategic InitiativesVacant
Assistant Chair, Planning and OperationsJeffrey Thomas
Assistant Chair, ProgramsAdam Wolfson

Chief Information OfficerBrett Bobley
Chief of StaffVacant
General CounselMichael McDonald
Inspector GeneralLaura M.H. Davis

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Organizational Chart

According to the agency's authorizing legislation, the term "humanities" includes, but is not limited to, the study of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches.

To increase understanding and appreciation of the humanities, the Endowment makes grants to individuals, as well as to groups and institutions: colleges, libraries, museums, nonprofit private groups, public television stations and agencies, schools, and universities.

Challenge Grants

The Office of Challenge Grants offers matching funds to help nonprofit institutions develop new sources of long-term support for educational, scholarly, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Digital Humanities

The Office of Digital Humanities supports projects that use digital technology or study how it affects education, preservation, public programming, and research in the humanities. | Email:

Education Programs

The Division of Education Programs strengthens sustained, thoughtful study of the humanities at all educational levels. It makes grants to educational institutions and gives fellowships to teachers and scholars.

Federal/State Partnership

Humanities committees in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin and Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa receive grants from the Endowment. These committees then make grants to humanities programs at the local level.

Preservation and Access

The Division of Preservation and Access supports creating, preserving, and increasing the availability of resources that are important for research, education, and public programming in the humanities.

Public Programs

The Division of Public Programs supports institutions and organizations that develop and present humanities programming for general audiences. Its activities center on the Endowment's mandate "to increase public understanding of the humanities."

Research Programs

The Division of Research Programs promotes original research in the humanities. It provides grants for significant research projects.

Sources of Information


The National Endowment for the Humanities posts job opportunities on USAJobs, the Federal Government's official source for Federal job listings and employment opportunity information.


Information on managing a grant, the application review process, and other topics is available on the "NEH Grants" Web page.


The Endowment's in-house, quarterly magazine "HUMANITIES" is available by subscription from the U.S. Government Publishing Office, P.O. Box 979050, St. Louis, MO 63197–9000. Phone, 202-512-1800. | Email: | Email:

For further information, contact the Office of Communications, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506. Phone, 202-606-8400 or 800-634-1121. TDD, 202-606-8282 or 866-372-2930.