How to Apply


2019 NEH Summer Seminars for College and University Teachers


APPLICATION INFORMATION and INSTRUCTIONS


APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2019

THIS APPLICATION HAS TWO COMPONENTS. THE FIRST INVOLVES AN ONLINE FORM THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED TO NEH. THE LINK IS BELOW. THE SECOND INVOLVES SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION DIRECTLY TO THE PROJECT DIRECTORS BY EMAIL. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE FOR DETAILS.

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes as an NEH Summer Scholar at:
http://www.neh.gov/files/divisions/education/eligibility/college_university_eligibility_criteria.pdf

NEH Seminars and Institutes provide opportunities for college and university faculty to enrich and revitalize their understanding, scholarship, and teaching of humanities topics that bear upon undergraduate education. These specific study opportunities 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 directors through discussion of common readings, conversations about teaching, and advising on independent projects.

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

Selection Criteria

A selection committee comprised of the project directors and one colleague will 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 quality and commitment as a teacher, scholar, and interpreter of the humanities;
  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;
  4. evidence that participation will enhance your long-term teaching and scholarship; and
  5. if appropriate, an independent project and its potential contribution to the seminar.

We encourage applications from scholars working in several overlapping disciplines, including literature, American studies, intellectual and cultural history, visual studies, and history of art. We strongly encourage applicants who will contribute to the diverse possibilities in our discussions.

Three seminar spaces must be reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Two seminar 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.

Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of an Award

Each participant will receive a stipend of $2,100. The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable.

Seminar participants 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 will receive a reduced stipend.

At the end of the project's residential period, NEH Summer Scholars are expected to submit an online evaluation of the seminar.

Application Instructions

Prior to applying to a specific seminar, please study the project website and carefully consider the project’s expectations and requirements.

  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 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 Résumé and References
    Please include a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages). Include the name, title, and phone numbers for two letters of reference as well as the email addresses of the reference letter writers. For the sake of confidentiality, please ask the letter writers to email their letter of recommendation on letterhead separately as a pdf to the seminar leaders.

  3. The 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 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 your professional responsibilities.

Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure

Applications must be submitted to the project directors, not the NEH, and must be received by March 1, 2019. Applications sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Send your application via email to Shirley Samuels at Shirley.Samuels@cornell.edu and to Sandra Gustafson at Gustafson.6@nd.edu.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 29, 2019. They will have until Friday, April 5, 2019 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.

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).

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

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