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Please see the eligibility criteria for participation in NEH Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers.

This Institute is designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. However, 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. Independent scholars, scholars engaged in museum work, and full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply. An applicant need not have an advanced degree to qualify. Adjunct and part-time lecturers are eligible to apply.

While scholars specializing in American Studies, history, art history, literature, and anthropology might find the institute especially attractive, we encourage applicants from any field who are interested in material culture, regardless of their disciplinary, regional, or chronological interests. Participants need not have extensive prior knowledge of material or have previously incorporated the study of material culture into any of their courses or research. However, your application essay should identify concrete ways in which four weeks of concentration on the topic will enhance your teaching and/or research. The ideal institute participant will bring to the group a fresh understanding of the relevance of the topic to their teaching and research.

NOTE: 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.


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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