We are no longer taking applications. 
Open: January 1, 2017
Due: March 1, 2017 (12 pm PST)
Notification: March 31, 2017
Deadline to accept: April 7, 2017 (12 pm PDT)

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes at

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide college and university faculty members and independent scholars with an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their understanding of significant humanities ideas, texts, and topics.  These study opportunities are especially designed for this program and are not intended to duplicate courses normally offered by graduate programs.  On completion of a seminar or institute, NEH Summer Scholars will receive a certificate indicating their participation.

Prior to completing an application to as specific seminar or institute, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

Please note: An individual may apply to up to two projects (NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one.

Checklist of Application Materials

The application will be online and will open on January 1st 2017.  A complete application consists of the following items:

  • the completed application cover sheet (one copy uploaded to the online application and one sent separately to the NEH through their link below)
  • a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography with contact information for two professional references
  • an application essay as outlined below.

The Application Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address:

One copy is to go directly to the NEH through the above link and another copy must be included in your application to the program.  Please follow the prompts on the website.  Before you click the “submit” button, save it as a PDF to add to your application package. Then click “submit.”  At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project.  If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process.

Do not use the same cover sheet for different projects.  You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application.  


Please include a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography (not to exceed five pages).


Provide the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of two professional references.

The Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than four double spaced pages.  Be sure to do the following:

  • Address your interests, academic and personal, in the subject to be studied
  • Include any qualifications or experiences that equip you to do the work of the institute
  • Include a statement of a research, scholarship, or teaching project that you would like to undertake during the Institute
  • Elaborate on the relationship between institute activities and your responsibilities forteaching, curricular development, and/or research
  • Address each of the following factors relating to how the institute will further your professional development:
    1.  quality and commitment as a teacher, scholar, and interpreter of the humanities;
    2.  intellectual interests, in general and as they relate to the work of the seminar or institute;
    3.  special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the seminar or institute;
    4.  the likelihood that the experience will enhance the applicant’s teaching and scholarship.

Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure

Apply Here!

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 31, 2017, and they will have until Friday, April 7 to accept or decline the offer.  

Note: Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar or Institute), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age.  For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.  TDD:  202/606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).