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Summer Seminars for School Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide teachers an opportunity for substantive study of significant humanities ideas and texts.  These study opportunities are especially designed for this program and are not intended to duplicate courses normally offered by graduate programs.  On completion of an NEH Summer Seminar, NEH Summer Scholars will receive a certificate indicating their participation.

Prior to completing an application to a specific seminar, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

Before you attempt to complete an application, please study the 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.

Please note: An individual may apply to up to two projects (NEH Summer Seminars, Institutes, or Landmarks Workshops), but may participate in only one.



A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates.  Seminar selection committees typically consist of the seminar director, a school teacher who is usually a participant in a previous NEH summer program, and a colleague of the director.  Institute selection committees typically consist of three to five members, usually drawn from the institute faculty and staff members.

Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the seminar/institute experience.  It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in your application essay:

  1. your effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  2. your intellectual interests, in general and as they relate to the work of the project;
  3. your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the seminar or institute;
  4. the likelihood that the experience will enhance your teaching.

While recent participants are eligible to apply, selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop in the last three years (2014, 2015, 2016). Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the program.