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Summer Seminars and Institutes

Division of Education Programs

Receipt Deadline February 24, 2015

Brief Summary

These grants support faculty development programs in the humanities for school teachers and for college and university teachers. NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be as short as two weeks or as long as five weeks.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes

  • extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics and texts;
  • contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants;
  • build communities of inquiry and provide models of civility and excellent scholarship and teaching; and
  • link teaching and research in the humanities.

An NEH Summer Seminar or Institute may be hosted by a college, university, learned society, center for advanced study, library or other repository, cultural or professional organization, or school or school system. The host site must be suitable for the project, providing facilities for scholarship and collegial interaction. These programs are designed for a national audience of teachers.

Note that NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes may be held only in the United States and its territories. Projects in foreign countries are no longer supported.

What's New for 2014-2015

Prospective applicants to direct a Summer Seminar or Institute in the summer of 2016 (application deadline, February 24, 2015) are now encouraged to submit to program staff an optional preliminary sketch of their proposals (deadline, December 15, 2014). You can find the form for the preliminary sketch (in MS Word) under "Program Resources" in the sidebar on the right. NEH staff will also continue to provide feedback on partial or full application drafts (deadline, January 24, 2015). Both opportunities for receiving feedback are optional.

Note also that the application narrative is now limited to fifteen double-spaced pages.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions the Summer Seminars and Institutes program received an average of 148 applications. The program made an average of forty-eight awards per competition, for a funding ratio of 32 percent.

The number of applications to an NEH grant program can vary widely from competition to competition, as can the funding ratio. Information about the average number of applications and awards in recent competitions is meant only to provide historical context for the current competition. Information on the number of applications and awards in individual competitions is available from sem-inst@neh.gov.

Questions?

Contact the staff of NEH’s Division of Education Programs at 202-606-8471 or sem-inst@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

Guidelines Resources

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Budget Resources

Program Resources

Sample Application Narratives