National Endowment for the Humanities 2014 Humanities Medal: Call for Nominations

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting nominations for potential recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal.  The National Humanities Medal honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened our nation’s understanding of the humanities. Up to 12 Medals are awarded each year.


Qualified nominees are individuals or organizations whose activities, contributions and achievements have significantly impacted the educational and cultural life of our nation. This includes, but is not limited to: significant scholarly contributions, developing outstanding education programs, creating and producing television documentaries, radio programs, or interactive exhibits, preserving and making accessible the nation’s cultural heritage, and sustained philanthropic efforts on behalf of humanities activities or organizations.


Past medalists include Amartya Sen, Charles Rosen, National History Day, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Anna Deavere Smith, and Joan Didon. The principal criterion for selection is the significance of the nominee’s contributions to the humanities. Please review the list of past medalists before submitting your nominations. Self-nominations are not permitted. Individual nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Organizations must be established or incorporated in the United States.


To submit a nomination, please use the online nomination form available here. Nominations that are submitted will remain active for an additional two years. The President of the United States selects recipients of the National Humanities Medal in consultation with NEH. The National Endowment for the Humanities initiates and administers the nomination and selection process. Nominations are first considered by the National Council on the Humanities—NEH’s 26-member presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed board of advisors.


The deadline for receipt of nominations is the close of business on Monday, May 19, 2014.


More information about the medals, how to submit a nomination, and the selection process is available here. Questions should be directed to

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