Application Instructions

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Application Instructions
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Before you attempt to complete an application, please obtain and read the “Dear Colleague Letter” from David Jaffee, the project director, or the various sections of this website. The letter 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.

NOTE: This Institute is designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the seminar or institute. 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. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Current full-time graduate students in the humanities are now eligible to apply to NEH Summer Institutes for college and university teachers. Two institute spaces will be reserved for qualified graduate students. Graduate students will use the same forms and follow the same application guidelines as classroom teachers.

All application materials must be sent by mail or email to:

Katrina London
NEH Summer Institute
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

Application materials sent directly to the Endowment will not be reviewed.



A complete application consists of three copies of the following collated items:

  • the completed application cover sheet
  • a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography
  • an application essay as outlined below
  • in addition, it must include two letters of recommendation as described below


The Application Cover Sheet

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

Please fill it out online as directed by the prompts. When you are finished, be sure to click on the “submit” button. Print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package. At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for 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. A full application consists of the items listed above, as sent to a project director.


Please include a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography (not to exceed five pages).

The Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than four double spaced pages. This essay should include any relevant personal and academic information. It should address reasons for applying; the applicant's interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip the applicant to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to the applicant's professional responsibilities.

  • Applicants to seminars should be sure to discuss any independent study project that is proposed beyond the common work of the seminar.
  • Applicants to institutes may need to elaborate on the relationship between institute activities and their responsibilities for teaching and curricular development.


The two referees may be from inside or outside the applicant’s home institution. They should be familiar with the applicant's professional accomplishments or promise, teaching and/or research interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in the seminar or institute. Referees should be provided with the director's description of the seminar or institute and the applicant's essay. Applicants who are current graduate students should secure a letter from a professor or advisor. Please ask each of your referees to sign across the seal on the back of the envelope containing the letter and enclose the letters with your application. You may also ask your referees to email the signed letter (as an attachment) directly to Katrina London at



Completed applications should be submitted to Katrina London and should be emailed or postmarked no later than March 4, 2013.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Monday, April 1, 2013, and they will have until Friday, April 5 to accept or decline the offer.

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.



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


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

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