Become a Member

Join a nationwide alliance of colleges, universities, scholarly societies, museums, libraries, and state humanities councils dedicated to making the case for the value of the humanities.

Membership Benefits

As a member of the National Humanities Alliance, you will support crucial advocacy for the humanities on campus, in communities, and on Capitol Hill. 

Our team documents the impact of humanities organizations and educators and builds on this research to create resources to support humanities advocacy. Through one-on-one consultations, tailored workshops, discounted participation in our two yearly events, and regular updates on humanities policy, we provide our members with support they need to draw on these resources and advocate effectively for the humanities.

Additional benefits for scholarly societies:

Tailored advocacy content for websites and publications
We work with our scholarly society members to develop website content that supports their members in federal and campus-based advocacy. We also offer quarterly columns on advocacy for scholarly society blogs, newsletters, or magazines.

Advocacy programming at scholarly society conferences
NHA staff is available to participate in panels on federal or campus-based advocacy at annual meetings. When scholarly society conferences are in D.C., we also schedule Capitol Hill visits so conference participants can meet with Members of Congress or staff while in town.

Notification of NEH grants
With every new round of NEH grants, we create a tailored list of relevant grants for each scholarly society along with tips for publicizing those grants.

Custom action alerts
NHA regularly issues action alerts that allow advocates to write to their Members of Congress to urge increased funding for the humanities with a few clicks. When there’s a policy issue of particular importance to a scholarly society member, we work closely with them to create a custom action alert to share with their members.


Additional benefits for higher ed institutions:

Campus-specific support for recruiting students to the humanities
Based on our research into successful humanities recruitment strategies, we consult with humanities administrators and faculty on the recruitment challenges they face. We identify approaches that fit their institutional context, goals, and constraints and share relevant models from other campuses to reverse declining enrollments. For students, we offer presentations on humanities career pathways grounded in the arguments and data found in the Study the Humanities toolkit.

Campus-specific consultations on bolstering the public humanities
Building on our research of publicly engaged humanities in higher ed, we offer individual or group consultations to humanities administrators and faculty who are working to build a campus infrastructure that supports publicly engaged humanities initiatives on their campuses. We also support efforts to make the case to a variety of stakeholders that the public humanities enrich community life and our civic culture.

Notification of NEH grants
With every new round of NEH grants, we create a tailored list of grants to your campus along with tips for publicizing those grants. 

Regular convenings for humanities centers
In collaboration with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, we hold monthly gatherings open to both memberships for humanities center leadership and staff. These informal gatherings offer an informal forum for the exchange of practical information, programming ideas, and advocacy strategies.

Annual Membership Dues

Our members' dues allow us to: cultivate support for federal funding for the humanities; promote the value of studying the humanities; and make the case for the public value of the humanities.


Dues for institutions, such as colleges, universities, and museums, that do not have individual members are determined by the category of institution as follows:


Research Universities:


Colleges and Master's Universities:


Museums, Archives, Historical Societies:


Membership Organizations:

Dues for membership organizations, such as scholarly societies or associations of higher education institutions, start at $1,000 and are calculated by taking .3% of (Line 18 (Total Expenses) from the IRS Form 990 minus Line 13 (Grants Given)). In calculating dues, consideration is given to organizations where members are not all humanists.

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Please contact Kassandra Wahlstrom at (240) 349-6616 or [email protected] with questions about membership.