Eligibility

NEH SUMMER SEMINARS AND INSTITUTES FOR COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY TEACHERS ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

These projects are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. 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. 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. Please note: At least three seminar spaces and at least five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members. An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Adjunct and part-time lecturers are eligible to apply. Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is affiliated with the same institution or is a family member. Individuals must not apply to seminars directed by scholars with whom they have studied. Institute selection committees are advised that only under the most compelling and exceptional circumstances may an individual participate in an institute with a director or a lead faculty member who has guided that individual’s research or in whose previous institute or seminar he or she has participated. To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application. This includes an NEH cover sheet and the additional materials requested on the individual seminar or institute website.

SELECTION CRITERIA

We hope to assemble a diverse group of scholars and will be considering applicants from a range of geographic locations and with a variety of research interests, academic backgrounds, and years of experience.  Our selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates.

Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally.  It is important, therefore, to clearly emphasize professional benefits in the application essay.

At least five institute spaces will be reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members. Recent NEH Summer Scholars are eligible to apply, but selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Seminar or Institute in the last three years (2014, 2015, 2016).  When choices must be made among equally qualified candidates, several additional factors are considered.  Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute, or who significantly contribute to the diversity of the seminar or institute.

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. Individuals may not  apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is affiliated with the same institution or is a family member. Individuals must  not apply to seminars directed by scholars with whom they have studied. Institute selection committees are advised that only under the most  compelling and exceptional circumstances may an individual participate in an institute with a director or a lead faculty member who has  guided that individual’s research or in whose previous institute or seminar he or she has participated.

STIPEND, TENURE, AND CONDITIONS OF AWARD

Individuals selected to participate in three-week projects will receive $2,700. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses. Two checks will be disbursed during the first and third weeks of the Seminar. NEH stipends are taxable.

NEH Summer Scholars are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the project.  During the project’s tenure, they may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. NEH Summer Scholars who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars will be asked to submit online evaluations in which they review their work during the summer and assess its value to their personal and professional development.  These evaluations will become part of the project’s grant file.