Application Process

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

Depending on public-health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Institute dates are July 24 to August 7

Dates of this institute are July 24-August 7, 2022.  Due to Covid-19, this institute was postponed from original dates of July 12-26, 2020.

Other important dates:

  • Applications are due: March 1, 2022.
  • Applicants will be informed about their admission status on: March 25, 2022.
  • Accepted applicants will need to confirm institute attendance by: April 8, 2022.
Those eligible to apply include:
  • Full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents.
  • Museum educators and other K-12 school-system personnel, such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers.
Additional eligibility criteria:
  • Participants 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.
  • Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees).
  • Please note: Three seminar spaces and five institute spaces will be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less).
  • Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the prospective applicant’s institution, or is someone with whom the prospective applicant has previously studied.
Procedures and deadlines

The NEH has not announced a deadline for applications yet, but it will likely be in early March 2021. The application contains a cover sheet, CV or biographical statement, and short essay (no longer than 4 pages).

Please direct any questions to:

Application Form Instructions

The answers from the application form found here on our website are the required materials for your cover sheet. Applicants will automatically receive an emailed copy of their responses after submission of the form. There is also a spot on the application form on our website for applicants to submit a single .pdf or Word document containing their essay *and* CV or biographical statement. Applicants are asked to email a single .pdf or Word document with these materials to our email address after they have filled out the form online.

Applicants sending materials via mail must still fill out the application form on the website and print out the information for the cover sheet.


Selection Committee

Four individuals will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising participants and to identify a number of alternates.  The committee will consist of the seminar director, a high school teacher, and two colleagues of the director.

The most important consideration in the selection of NEH Summer Scholars is the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from participation in the institute.   Committee members consider several factors, each of which should be addressed in the application essay.  These factors include:

  1. effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  2. intellectual interests in general and as they relate to the work of the project;
  3. special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the seminar or institute;
  4. commitment to participate fully in the formal and informal collegial life of the project; and
  5. the likelihood that the experience will enhance the applicant’s teaching.

Recent NEH Summer Scholars are eligible to apply, but project selection committees are charged by the NEH to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop in the last three years (2017, 2018, and 2019).   When choices must be made among equally qualified candidates, several additional factors are considered, among them, geographic diversity.

Participant Expectations

–   Participants will be required so show proof of Covid vaccination and follow San Jose State masking policies, which currently state that masks must be worn at all times on campus. Participants will also be required to follow the masking policies in place at our fieldtrip locations.

–   Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

–   Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

–   Participants are required to submit a project evaluation.

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 NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506.  TDD: 202/606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the deaf).