These projects are designed principally for full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom professionals, are also eligible to participate.
Please note: Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are available for current fulltime graduate students who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching.
Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals are eligible for this program. 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 study with a director of an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute who is a current colleague or a family member. Individuals must not apply to seminars directed by scholars with whom they have previously 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 previously guided that individual’s research or in whose previous institute or seminar he or she has participated.
Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet and provide all the information requested on the individual seminar or institute website to be considered eligible.
A selection committee made up of the project co-directors and a faculty member will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates.
The most important consideration in the selection of participants is the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally. Committee members consider several factors, each of which should be addressed in the application essay. These factors include:
- effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
- intellectual interests, in general and as they relate to the work of the project;
- special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the seminar or institute;
- commitment to participate fully in the formal and informal collegial life of the project; and
- the likelihood that the experience will enhance the applicant's teaching.
Recent participants are eligible to apply, but project selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop in the last three years (2011, 2012, 2013). 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, Institute, or Landmarks Workshop, or who significantly contribute to the diversity of the seminar or institute.
HOW TO APPLY
Before beginning an application, please read and carefully review the NEH application information and instructions, which outline the application procedures in detail.
A complete application consists of three copies of the following collated items:
- the completed application cover sheet,
- a resume or brief biography with contact information for two professional references, and
- an application essay that addresses the applicant’s specific interest in the Civil War.
Complete applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014 and sent to:
Director of Education
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Monday, March 31, 2014, and they will have until Friday, April 4 to accept or decline the offer.
Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute, or Landmarks Workshop), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.
“Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”