Eligibility & Application

2022 NEH Summer Institute Application Information and Instructions for K-12 Teachers

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NEH Summer 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.

This institute allows twenty-five participants 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.

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

Participant (NEH-Funded Summer Scholar) Eligibility

These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Museum educators and other K-12 school-system personnel—such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate. Participants 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. Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Please note: 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). Individual projects that target particular grade level(s) (K-5, 6-8, and/or 9-12) may give preference to applicants who serve that project’s intended audience. Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the prospective applicant’s institution, or is someone with whom the prospective applicant has previously studied.

Application Information Selection Criteria

A selection committee will be 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-funded Summer Scholars and identify alternates.

Application Instructions

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

Applications are accepted in the following formats:

  • ONLINE (preferred): online application form may be completed and submitted here. Submission deadline March 1, 2022.
  • HARD COPY: Application cover sheet here must be completed, printed, and other required documents sent to the address below (postmarked no later than March 1, 2022):

Dr. J. Brent Morris
University of South Carolina Beaufort
One University Boulevard
Hargray 213
Bluffton, SC 29909

Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure

The application deadline for applicants to participate (online and postmark) is March 1, 2022. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance on March 25. 2022. Applicants chosen for participation must accept or decline by April 8, 2022.

Applications sent directly to NEH will not be reviewed.

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

Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award

Each participant will receive a stipend of $2,850 for the three week institute. The stipend is intended to help cover institute-related expenses including books assigned but not provided by the institute team, virtual reality goggles (details and purchase options TBA), and other basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable.

Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

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

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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Principles of Civility for NEH Seminars, Institutes and Workshops

Participants must adhere to this code of civility:

The Endowment's Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, text, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse.

Seminar, Institutes, and Workshop presentations and discussions should be:

  • firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis;
  • conducted without partisan advocacy;
  • respectful of divergent views;
  • free of ad hominem commentary;
  • devoid of ethnic, religious, gender or racial bias

The NEH welcomes comments, concerns, or suggestions on these principles at info@neh.gov.

COVID DISCLAIMER: Depending on public-health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.