How to Apply

For your convenience, we have designed the application process to be completely electronic. If you have questions or concerns about the electronic submission process, please contact us at

Before you attempt to complete an application, please study the project website, which contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.

A complete application consists of the following items submitted through the process described below:

  • the completed application cover sheet
  • a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography
  • an application essay as outlined below
  • two letters of recommendation

The Application Cover Sheet

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

Please follow the prompts.  Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet and add it 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).

The Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than four double spaced pages (approximately 1000 words).  It should address your interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to your professional responsibilities including the relationship between institute activities and their responsibilities for teaching and curricular development.

Letters of Recommendation

The two referees may be from inside or outside the applicant’s home institution.  They should be familiar with the applicant’s professional accomplishments or promise, teaching and/or research interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in the seminar or institute.  Referees should be provided with the director’s description of the seminar or institute and the applicant’s essay.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the referees through this link:


Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure

All application materials should be submitted through our online process and not sent to the NEH. All materials should be submitted no later than March 1, 2017. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed. If you have questions about the electronic submission process, please contact us at


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.

Please note: Adjunct faculty, community college faculty, and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.


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).

For a PDF of complete application information and instructions, please CLICK HERE.