Application Process



Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Summer Seminars and Institutes at:

Those who are eligible to apply are:

* US citizens and residents who are full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents.

* 6-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom professionals.

*Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals are also eligible for this 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.

Individuals not eligible to apply:

*Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S.-chartered institutions, current colleagues, family members, or former students of this institute’s directors.

Selection Process

A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select Summer Scholars and to identify a number of alternates. Recent participants are eligible to apply, but we will give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Institute in the last three years (2015, 2016, 2017).

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Summer Seminar, Institute, or Landmarks Workshop or who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the Institute. One of the most important considerations for the selection committee will be the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from participation in the Institute.

If you are interested in applying to our Summer Institute, applications will only be accepted electronically, so please make sure you follow these FIVE STEPS:

1. The NEH Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out on line at this address:  

Please fill it out on line as directed by the prompts.

When you are finished, be sure to click on the “submit” button. Print out the cover sheet, scan and save it in .pdf format. Include the cover sheet with your online application package.

After filling out and printing the NEH cover sheet, you will be asked if you want to apply to another project. If you do, follow the prompts and select another project and then print out the cover sheet for that project. Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out cover sheets for several projects.

2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Please include a detailed résumé that speaks to your teaching and your ability to connect your teaching with the topic of this Institute (not to exceed five pages). 

3. The Application/Personal Essay

The most important part of the application is the essay of no more than four double-spaced pages. To that end, your personal essay should communicate your commitment as a teacher/educator to understanding the larger issues related to the following items (a–f):

a. study of identity and binationalism;
b. your intellectual interest in the subject matter (history and narratives);
c. any unique skills or experiences that may add insight to the Institute;
d. a commitment to participate fully in the life of the project;
e. your ability to work with others in a group-like setting; and
f. the likelihood that the experience will enhance your teaching.

4. Letters of Recommendation/References

References should be chosen carefully. They should be familiar with the applicant's professional accomplishments or promise, interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in the institute. This includes the applicant’s physical stamina and ability to work with others.

Referees should address these issues in their references. References from colleagues who know the applicant's teaching and from those outside the applicant's institution who know his or her scholarship can be particularly useful. Referees should be provided with the director's description of the NEH Summer Institute and the applicant's essay.

If an applicant has previously participated in an NEH summer seminar or institute, a recommendation from the director or lead scholar of that program would be useful. Please provide each of your referees with the URL of the Institute website. References must include the names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of the referee. References should be signed by the referee and on letterhead.

5. Electronic Submission

Each applicant must submit a complete application (cover sheet, resume, essay, and two letters of recommendation) as ONE readable e-file (PDF) for uploading and submission BEFORE March 1, 2017.

Additional Information: Stipend, Tenure and Conditions of Award

Teachers selected to participate in our two-week project will receive a stipend of $2,100 (subject to taxes). Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, housing, food, and basic research expenses. The Institute will cover the cost of the main books for the institute. Stipends are taxable. Participants who cannot, or choose not to complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend. As such, institute participants are required to attend and actively participate in all Institute meetings and planned field trips. It is also imperative that Summer Scholars devote their full attention to the Institute and not engage in outside professional activities unrelated to the institute’s goals and activities.

Submission Deadline and Notification Procedure


Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Equal Opportunity Statement

NEH Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to:

Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20506 

TDD: 202/606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).