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Please view this link for the eligibility criteria for participation in National Endowment for the Humanities Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers: http://www.neh.gov/files/divisions/education/eligibility/


We encourage scholars from any field who are interested in material culture, regardless of disciplinary, regional, or chronological specialization, to apply to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York. While those based in American Studies, history, art history, literature, and anthropology might find this program especially attractive, participants need not have extensive prior knowledge of the Institute’s content or have previously incorporated the study of material culture into their courses or scholarship. However, your application essay should identify concrete ways in which four weeks of concentration on these topics will enhance your teaching and/or research. The ideal participant will bring to the group a fresh understanding of the Institute’s subject matter that is relevant to their own work.

Please note: American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York accepts a maximum of eighteen Summer Scholars. NEH Summer Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Adjunct and part-time lecturers are encouraged to apply. 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 Institute.

Please direct all application inquiries to: [email protected], and for more details visit the Application Instructions and Contact Information page.

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