Before you attempt to complete an application, please study this project website, which contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.
NEH Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars, advanced graduate students, and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations are also eligible. All applicants must demonstrate that their participation will advance the teaching and scholarly goals of the program.
Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.
Please note: At least five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Three institute spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students.
An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the same institution, or is someone with whom they have previously studied. To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application. This includes an NEH cover sheet and the additional materials requested on the individual seminar or institute website.
Download the eligibility criteria form: NEH eligibility.
Please note that individual applicants are allowed to apply to no more than TWO projects (seminars, institutes, and/or Landmarks workshops); however, you may participate in only ONE per summer.
Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.
A selection committee comprised of the project director and two or more colleagues evaluates all complete applications to select a group of NEH Summer Scholars and identify alternates.
Three seminar spaces and five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Two seminar spaces and three institute spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students. First consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute. When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference is given to those who would enhance the diversity of the program.
A complete application consists of the following three items:
1) The Application Cover Sheet
- Compete the cover sheet online at: https://securegrants.neh.gov/education/participants/
- Follow the prompts.
- Before you click the “submit” button, print the cover sheet or save as a .pdf and add it to your application package. Then click “submit.”
- You will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for a second project. If you do, repeat the process.
- Do not use the same cover sheet for different projects.
2) A CV and References
You will need to include a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages). Include the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of two professional references.
- Please email your CV and NEH cover sheet as .pdf attachments to Dr. Anthony Arrigo. email@example.com.
- Please write “NEH Institute Application” in the subject line.
3) The Application Essay
Fill out the application form (below) before midnight EST, March 1, 2018. Your essay should be no more than one thousand words. We recommend that you write your response in a text editor and cut/paste into the form.
Application essays should explain how this specific program will benefit you, the participant, professionally. You should, therefore, address the following:
- Your qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the institute.
- Your intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the institute.
- Your perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program.
- How participation will enhance your long-term teaching and/or scholarship.
- If appropriate, a research, pedagogical, or intellectual project you’re involved with and its potential contribution to the seminar or institute.
We are looking for how your interests, teaching, and scholarship related to the institute and its connection to your professional responsibilities.
Please use the form below for your essay. If the embedded form does not work, please try this url.
Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. They will have until Friday, April 6 to accept or decline the offer.
Applicants who will not have access to email during the notification period should provide a phone number where they can be reached. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification period.
Equal Opportunity Statement
Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202/606‑8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).
If you have been accepted to the institute, you will be asked to complete the following documents:
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website or at this institute do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.