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Application Instructions (PDF)

Application materials can be found on this website in the 'Application Instructions (PDF)' section. Please note that applicants fill out a cover sheet for each application online. You will also submit a hard copy of this cover sheet, together with the rest of your application materials, to the BGC address below.  Your completed application must be emailed to no later than March 2, 2015. If you wish to send it by regular mail, your completed application must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2015, and should be addressed as follows: 

Zahava Friedman-Stadler
NEH Summer Institute
Bard Graduate Center 
18 W. 86th Street
New York, NY 10024.

Please note that we are asking you to submit two letters of reference.   

Reference Letters
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 your referees to sign across the seal on the back of the envelope containing the letter.  Enclose the letters with your application. You may also ask your referees to email the signed letter (as an attachment) directly to Zahava Friedman-Stadler at

A local committee of scholars will review your application. We will inform you of their decision on March 30, 2015. Perhaps the most important part of the application is the essay that must be submitted as part of the complete application. This essay should include any personal, academic, and professional information that is relevant; reasons for applying to this institute; your intellectual, professional, and personal interest in the topic; qualifications to do the work of the institute and to make a contribution to it; what you hope to accomplish by participation, including a brief description of a potential institute project; and the relation of the project to your research and/or teaching. For more information about the application process, please consult the NEH guidelines at We look forward to hearing more about your interest in American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Zahava Friedman-Stadler at the address given below.

Zahava Friedman-Stadler
Program Assistant
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
38 W. 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
212.501.3026 or


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