For the purpose of this award, the focus is on the written text as a record of the human experience. We have awarded occasional HRAs to faculty from the social sciences disciplines, but they all had the written text at the core of their work, and were interpretive/intuitive as opposed to empirical in their approach.
The NEH definition may help:
"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."
The long-term lodging rule prevents recipients from using HRA funds to pay for housing during a time in residence at another institution. Because archival research is at the heart of the humanities, we often approve use of funds for overseas research trips of durations of up to three months.
We allow recipients to spend up to $1000 per year for research assistance. Examples could be: translation, transcription, payment for a graduate research assistant
Pages in excess of the stated page limits will be removed from the application prior to review and scoring. The excess material will not be considered. In keeping with the space limitations, the use of hyperlinks is not permitted.
Faculty members with split appointments within the College of Liberal Arts should apply through their primary departments. In the event that the appointment is split 50-50, the faculty member should apply through the department where the chair is most familiar with the applicant’s research and research trajectory.
The award period for the 2015-2016 award is September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2018.
If the faculty member was already a full professor when he/she received the award, he/she is not eligible to reapply at this time. If a past recipient of the HRA became a full professor after receiving the award, then he/she is eligible to apply again provided the faculty member is working on a different project.