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Basic Instructions

The Panelist/Reviewer Information System (PRISM) is a database of prospective reviewers used by the staff of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH peer review system relies on the advice of humanities scholars and experts in other relevant fields. The information you provide will be used only by the NEH for the purpose of identifying and selecting panelists and reviewers.

There are four basic parts to the online PRISM form:

  1. Contact information
  2. Education and affiliations
  3. Humanities expertise
  4. Additional information

The Contact information section captures your name, mailing address(es), telephone and fax number(s), and email address.

The Education and affiliations section captures information about your education -- the date, field, and institution of your highest degree -- as well as your current occupation, title, and institutional affiliation. Use the drop-down list to select the closest match to your occupation. Because the NEH database relies on unique institution identifiers, it is very important that you provide us with accurate information about the institutions from which you got your degree and with which you are currently affiliated.

The Humanities expertise section stores information about your areas of expertise and interest in the humanities. You can specify up to three areas of expertise: for each you may specify a discipline, a specialization within that discipline, and (if relevant) a geographic area and time period. Select the closest match(es) from the drop-down lists. The more fully you specify your expertise, the more useful the information is for the the NEH staff as they look for panelists and reviewers. For the "Languages" items, list the languages in which you have the expertise to evaluate proposals bearing on the language (e.g., dictionaries, translations) or culture. If you have received NEH grants, indicate the programs from which you received support and the project title in the "NEH Grants" section. If you have participated in NEH-funded projects (e.g. workshops, seminars, or institutes), indicate the project title, date, institution, and your role in the "NEH Projects" section. In the "Teaching" section, enter information about courses or subjects you've taught, teaching materials you've prepared, teaching awards you've received, and educational organizations (curriculum committees, school-college collaboratives) on which you have served.

Finally, the Additional information section is designed to hold any other information that will help identify more precisely your area of expertise and your qualifications as a reviewer or panelist.

If you have questions about the online PRISM form, send email to