Summer Seminars and Institutes
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NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes grants broaden and deepen understanding of the humanities in supporting professional development programs, specifically designed for a national audience of K-12 educators or college and university faculty. The programs provide one- to four-week opportunities for participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore a variety of topics relevant to K-12 or undergraduate education in the humanities.
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes
focus on the study and teaching of significant texts and other resources;
provide models of excellent scholarship and teaching;
contribute to the intellectual growth of the of participants; and
build lasting communities of inquiry.
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 provide facilities for collegial interaction and scholarship. The program must be held only in the United States and its territories.
Seminars and Institutes are designed either for K-12 educators or for college and university faculty. Programs for K-12 educators must involve someone with significant K-12 experience in both project planning and implementation and must respond to K-12 curricular needs.
A Seminar provides an intimate and focused environment in which sixteen participants study a specific humanities topic under the guidance of one or two established scholars. Seminars have few, if any, visiting faculty. They emphasize sustained interaction among the participants and director(s) through discussion of common readings, conversations about teaching, and advising on independent projects.
An Institute allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts, who present a range of perspectives on a humanities topic. Participants and scholars mutually explore connections between scholarship about and the teaching of the topic.
Information about Preliminary Draft Proposals
Prospective applicants may submit a draft of their proposal for staff comment (note that submission of draft proposals is optional) no later than January 22, 2018.
Recent Changes to the Program
Staffing: For school teacher projects, both project planning and implementation require at least one faculty or staff member with a background or significant experience in K-12 education.
Participants: Seminars and Institutes for school teachers must reserve three and five spaces, respectively, for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less).
Participants: Seminars for college faculty must include among the participants three or more non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty; they may include up to two spaces for advanced graduate students. Institutes for college and university faculty must include among the participants five or more non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty; they may include up to three spaces for advanced graduate students.
Reference Letters: The instructions for submitting reference letters (required only for project directors who have not previously directed an NEH summer program) have changed.
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Begin by reading the full grant guidelines and studying the application. The files are linked below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.
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Sample Application Narratives
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ONLY FOR PROJECT DIRECTORS WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY DIRECTED AN NEH SUMMER PROGRAM:
Several days after the deadline, NEH will provide instructions for how to generate the complete set of reference letters. The directions will be sent to the project director named on the application cover sheet. (The directions will involve sending a specific link to each referee who will then submit an electronic letter directly to the application file.) National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars and Institutes Page 17 of 22 It is this director’s responsibility to send the NEH instructions immediately to each referee (including, when appropriate, referees for a co-director). Reference letters must be submitted no later than March 8. (It is also this director’s responsibility to provide referees with a draft of the proposal narrative, so they may write effective letters.)