NEH Workshop

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NEH Grant Application Workshop
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Advanced Registration is Required

begins at 8:00 AM

Workshop: 8:30 AM -12:30 PM
University Center, River Room (300)
University of Memphis

Parking available in Zach Curlin Garage
505 Zach H Curlin Street, Memphis, TN 38152



On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the University of Memphis will welcome Mark Silver, Senior Program Officer in the Research Division of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who will conduct a free workshop on applying for NEH grants. Anyone interested in learning about NEH funding opportunities and application strategies is welcome to attend this event.

This free workshop is open to the public.  Advanced registration is required. The registration deadline is March 5, 2018.

In the first half of the workshop, Dr. Silver will provide an overview of NEH funding opportunities and offer tips for writing competitive proposals, focusing especially on NEH Fellowships, Summer Stipends, and Awards for Faculty. (Those interested in other NEH programs will, however, find that much of the advice applies.) In the second half of the workshop, he will run a mock application review panel. Participants will read, discuss, and rank proposals following NEH’s procedures in order to understand more fully how applications are evaluated and recommended for NEH funding.

In addition to providing general information, Dr. Silver will be available to meet individually with prospective applicants to discuss their projects and offer advice about their proposals. Space is limited and is expected to fill quickly. Individual appointments will be scheduled first-come, first-served to those who submit a one-page single-spaced statement of their project (deadline for submission is Monday, March 5, 2018). While it is best to participate in the full workshop, you may schedule an individual appointment even if you cannot attend the main session. Appointments are available on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 14 and on Thursday, March 15. Each appointment will last 20 minutes.

To participate in the workshop and/or request an individual appointment, please register  (  You will indicate your interest in an individual appointment when you register.

Unfortunately, we will not be recording or streaming this workshop for those who cannot attend in person. Check out the NEH’s webpage to find other training opportunities.

Important note regarding parking:  There is no free parking on campus.  Attendees who park in the Zach Curlin Garage will receive a parking validation coupon. 

Mark Silver is the Asia specialist on the staff of NEH’s Research Division. He works primarily in the Division’s programs for individuals, including Fellowships, Summer Stipends, Awards for Faculty, and the newly established Public Scholar Program (for which he is the team leader). He has also chaired review panels in the Collaborative Research and Scholarly Editions and Translations programs.  Before joining the Endowment, he taught Japanese language and literature at Middlebury College, Connecticut College, and Colgate University. He has published reviews and peer-reviewed articles in the field of Japanese Studies, as well as a book titled Purloined Letters: Cultural Borrowing and Japanese Crime Literature, 1868-1937 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008). He holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from Yale University.