Institutes for K-12 Educators

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

up to $235,000

Open to


Period of performance

15 months (Level I), 24 months (Level II)

Application available

Optional Draft due

Application due

Expected notification date

Project start date

NEH Institutes are professional development programs that convene K-12 educators from across the nation in order to deepen and enrich their understanding of a variety of topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.  

Most fundamentally, institutes:  

  • allow immersive study of topics of significance to the humanities  
  • foster new fields of study and/or revitalize existing areas of inquiry  
  • reinvigorate teaching and increase intellectual impact in the classroom  
  • build lasting communities that foster participants’ intellectual and professional collaboration  

They should:  

  • ground the study in significant humanities texts and related resources  
  • explore multiple approaches to the topic in a manner that is both rigorous and collegial  
  • provide opportunities for deep and collaborative engagement with the topic  
  • model excellent scholarship and teaching  
  • consider how the topic engages recent developments in the scholarship, teaching, and curriculum of participants’ professional settings  
  • reach the widest possible audience for whom the topic is relevant  

Optional Draft Review: Submit a draft of your narrative to @email by February 8, 2021 to receive feedback from program officers before the final deadline.  

What’s New for 2021 

1. NEH will not offer seminars in 2022, but institutes may involve small teams of visiting scholars and/or significant time for seminar-style discussion. 

2. Institutes may be offered in a residential, virtual, or hybrid format. 

3. The program of study may include time before, during, and/or after the summer. 

4. Participant stipends will vary depending on both project format and duration. 

5. Level II applicants must propose a significantly more robust dissemination plan than in previous years. 

6. All applicants must include an academic schedule and a work plan. 

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Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and the instructions.

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Monitor the status of the submission of your letters of recommendation


Several days after the proposal deadline, NEH will provide instructions on how to submit reference letters. Reference letters should be submitted no later than March 19, 2021.

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