Please read all instructions before beginning.
Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award
Selection Criteria
Application Instructions
Submission of Applications and Notifications Procedure
Equal Opportunity Statement


Each NEH Summer Scholar will receive a stipend of $2,100 for this two-week Institute. Stipends are paid by check and are taxable.

NEH Summer Scholars must attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work of the project.  During the project, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project, for any reason,  will receive a reduced stipend.

At the end of the project's residential period, participants are expected to submit online evaluations of the Institute, which may be used for future grant applications.


Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes as an NEH Summer Scholar here.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes allow K-12 teachers an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K-12 education. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program, but the programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses.

Each seminar provides an intimate and focused environment in which sixteen participants (NEH Summer Scholars) study a specific humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars. Seminars have few, if any, visiting faculty. They emphasize sustained interaction among the participants and director(s) through discussion of common readings, conversations about teaching, and advising on independent projects.

Each institute allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts, who present a range of perspectives on a humanities topic. Participants and scholars mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching of the topic.

Please note: In any given year, an individual may apply to two Seminars or Institutes, but may attend only one.  


A selection committee is comprised of the project director and two or more colleagues, at least one of whom is a K-12 teacher.  They evaluate all complete applications to select a group of NEH Summer Scholars and identify alternates.

Application essays should explain how the specific program will benefit the participant professionally. They should, therefore, address the following:

  1. your effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  2. your intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the seminar or institute;
  3. your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program; and
  4. evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on your teaching.

Additional criteria used for selection may include:

  • Grade band
  • Geography
  • Subject area teaching
  • School size/type
  • Teaching trajectory

Three seminar spaces and five institute spaces may be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less). 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.


Complete the online application at the link below.  In addition, you must upload the following documents electronically (PDF preferred):

  • Application Cover Sheet
  • Résume
  • Application Essay

A complete application consists of the following three items:

  1. Application Cover Sheet

    1. Complete the cover sheet online at

    2. Follow the prompts.  

    3. Before you click the “submit” button, print the cover sheet and add it to your application package.  Then click “submit.” 

    4. You will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for a second project.  If you do, repeat the process.

    5. Do not use the same cover sheet for different projects.

  1. Résumé and References
    Please include a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages). Include the name, title, phone number, and email address of two professional references.

  1. Application Essay
    The application essay should be no more than four 
    double spaced pages.  It should address your interest in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to the learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and, if appropriate, description of an independent project and its relation to the topic of the program and your professional responsibilities.  


Applications must be submitted to the project director, not the NEH, and must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 pm EST on March 1, 2018. Applications sent to the NEH will not be reviewed. 

Complete the electronic application here: 

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. They will have until Friday, April 6, 2018 to accept or decline the offer.  

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


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).

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.