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When is the application deadline for American Material Culture: Nineteenth-Century New York?

March 1, 2017.

When will candidates be notified of the decision of the admissions committee?

March 31, 2017. Those selected to be NEH Summer Scholars will have until April 7 to accept or decline an offer.

How do I send in my application materials?

Please combine your materials (this includes the completed NEH Cover Sheet, Résumé, Application Essay, and the contact information for your two referees) into a single PDF and email to: [email protected].

Please view the website page, Application Instructions and Contact Information, for more details. Note that there are application requirements from the NEH and Bard Graduate Center.

I am a US citizen, but I am currently teaching at a foreign university. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, as long as you are a US citizen, you are eligible to apply.

I am not a US citizen, but I am a resident of the US. Can I apply?

Foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline are eligible to apply.

I am neither a US citizen nor a resident of the US. Can I apply?

No, applicants must be United States citizens or residents of US jurisdictions.

I am a non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty member. Can I apply?

Yes, non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members and part-time lecturers are encouraged to apply.

I am a graduate student (MA or PhD candidate). Can I apply?

NEH Summer Institutes do not hold spots for graduate students.

Are museum curators and/or independent scholars eligible to apply?

Yes, although NEH Summer Institutes are designed primarily for college and university educators of undergraduate students, they are also open to applicants who are curators or independent scholars.

Do I have to attend all four weeks of the Institute? What is the time commitment like?

Yes, accepted scholars are required to attend all four weeks of the Institute, which begins on July 3, 2017 and ends on July 28, 2017. The program runs Monday through Friday. There are usually a few free half-days each week set aside for scholars to attend conferences and work on their own research, but they vary each week.

Do the applicants need to have extensive prior knowledge of the topics that will be covered in the program?

We encourage applicants from any field who are interested in material culture, regardless of their disciplinary, regional, or chronological specializations. You need not have extensive prior knowledge of the Institute’s subject matter or have previously incorporated the study of material culture into your courses or scholarship. However, you must specify how participation in the Institute will enhance your teaching and/or research.

Is housing available? Am I required to stay at Bard Hall, or can I make my own arrangements?

Participants needing accommodations may stay at the Bard Graduate Center’s residence facility. Bard Hall, located at 410 West 58th Street, provides housing for the Summer Scholars. No, it is not mandated that you stay at Bard Hall. For Bard Hall costs and more information, see the Stipends and Housing section of this website.

What is the stipend provided by the NEH?

NEH Summer Scholars will receive the NEH-stipulated stipend of $3,300 to help cover their expenses during the four weeks of the Institute. This can be used for to pay for accommodations at Bard Hall or elsewhere, and any other expenses incurred during the program.

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