How to Apply

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Application Instructions
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How to Apply

Application materials can be found on this website in the 'Application Instructions' section. Your application should include two letters of reference from colleagues inside or outside your institution. Please ask each of your referees to sign their name across the seal on the back of the envelope containing their letter and enclose the letters with your application OR your referees may email their signed letters directly to Katrina London at Your completed application must be emailed to Katrina London at no later than March 4, 2013. If you wish to send it by regular mail, your completed application must be postmarked no later than March 4, 2013, and should be addressed as follows:

Katrina London
NEH Summer Institute
Bard Graduate Center
18 W. 86th Street
New York, NY 10024

A local committee of scholars will review your application. We will inform you of their decision on April 1, 2013. 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 David Jaffee or Katrina London at the address given below.

David Jaffee
Professor and Head of New Media Research
Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture
38 W. 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
212.501.3047 or

Katrina London
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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