Selection Criteria

A selection committee reads and evaluates 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 address each of the following factors in your application essay:

  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 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

At least five institute spaces will be reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members. Recent participants 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.