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Africa in World History

Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Postmark Deadline: March 2, 2015

Dates: July 12-August 7 (4 weeks)
Director(s): Nwando Achebe and Associate Director, John Metzler
Visiting Faculty: Edward Alpers, Peter Beattie, Pero Dagbovie, Karen Flint, Cymone Fourshey, Robert Hardmond, Walter Hawthorne, Hilary Jones, George Worlasi Kwasi, Dennis Laumann, Peter Limb, John Metzler, Ndubueze Mbah, Harry Odamtten, Folu Ogundimu, Jonathan Reynolds, David Robinson, Christine Root, Shobana Shankar, Raymond Silverman, Rudolph (Butch) Ware, David Wiley, Leo Zulu
Grantee Institutions: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing, MI
Information: Nwando Achebe
(517) 884-4875

About NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. An NEH Summer Seminar for school teachers enables sixteen participants to explore a topic or set of readings with an expert scholar. The core material of the seminar need not relate directly to the school curriculum; the principal goal of the seminar is to engage teachers in the scholarly enterprise and to expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.

Amount of Award

NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), $3,900 (5 weeks), or $4,500 (6 weeks).


Full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply to NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens. Librarians and school administrators may also be eligible.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one. Eligibility criteria differ significantly between NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes and NEH Landmarks Workshops.

Please note: Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are available for current graduate students, who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching.

How to Apply

For more information and application instructions, please visit the program website listed above.