F20 Black Atlantic: Resources, Pedagogy, and Scholarship on the 18th Century Black Atlantic

Final Project

Due Date: Saturday, December 5th

Your project can take whatever form it needs. For clarity, please include the following:

Include in your project

The language below is based in part on NEH grants but is mainly a guide.

Project Title

Project Description

Describe your project for a nonspecialist audience, stating the importance of the proposed work to the humanities. [This is basically an abstract: 1-2 paragraphs]

Significance and Contribution

Describe the intellectual significance of the proposed project, including its value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Provide an overview of the project,explaining the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study. Describe your research and state the project’s thesis or claim(s). Explain how the project will complement,challenge, or expand relevant studies in the field. Explain how your scholarship will be presented to benefit the intended audiences.

[basically, this is where you situate yourself within the field and provide a literature review]

Explain how your project will help you resolve the problems or questions you are examining. Describe the theoretical framework of your argument and explain how your proposed research will advance it. Explain your concepts and your terminology. Describe and discuss your method(s) and sources.

Work Plan

What remains to be done on this project? What do you need in terms of resources: time, funds, etc? Use 6 months to a year as your time frame.


The bibliography should consist of primary and secondary sources that relate directly to the project. Include works that pertain to both the project’s substance and its theoretical or methodological approaches to give a well-rounded representation of your project.

Examples of NEH grants

Do not make your format exactly like these, but it is useful to look at successfully funded applications (or projects/courses you think are good models for yours).

Lists of Recently Funded NEH Fellowships
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Sample of NEH Narratives (scroll down)
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