For nearly 50 years, the prestigious NEH fellowship programs have supported the research behind thousands of important humanities and social science monographs. The new Fellowships Open Book Program will ensure that these books have the widest possible audience by making them available as free-to-download ebooks, under a Creative Commons license.
The FOBP follows the NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Program, which was a partnership between the NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aimed to digitize out-of-print humanities books and release them as free ebooks. This program has shown that humanities monographs may be downloaded thousands of times once made openly available, indicating great interest in excellent humanities research. In many cases, these downloads also led to additional purchases of print copies.
This new Fellowships Open Book Program has several enhanced features, many of which were suggested by the field:
The FOBP is a partnership between the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities and the Division of Research Programs. Details about the grant program can be found on the NEH website at https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/FOBP.