Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CYCLE HAS PASSED.
Updated guidelines will be posted in advance of the next deadline. In the meantime, please use these guidelines to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.
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NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty provide higher education faculty across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. The one- to four-week professional development programs allow participants to explore recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum through study of a variety of humanities topics.
Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty should:
- 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 participants
- build lasting communities of inquiry and professional collaboration
Seminars provide a focused environment in which sixteen participants study a specific humanities topic under the guidance of established scholars. Seminars have few, if any, visiting faculty. Seminars emphasize sustained interaction among the participants and project director(s) through discussion of common readings and conversations about scholarship and teaching. Substantial time is made available for reflection, work on independent or collaborative projects, and related advising.
Institutes allow twenty-five to thirty-six participants to study a humanities topic with a team of experienced scholars. Institutes typically have more meeting time than seminars. Project leaders and participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching. Some time is reserved for work on individual or collaborative projects.
Summer Seminars & Institutes
Watch this recorded webinar to learn more about these grant programs and how to apply.
What’s New for 2020
- The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) follows the format set in Appendix I of 2 CFR 200.
Funding and Budget
- The award ceiling has been raised to $235,000.
- Awards will be made at two levels (Level I and Level II) .
- Level II projects have a higher award ceiling, a longer period of performance, and require additional dissemination activities.
- Project director salaries are determined by base salary and university policies.
- Applicants are required to use the Research and Related (R&R) budget form.
- A budget justification is a required component (attached to the R&R budget form).
- Level II proposals must address dissemination in their narrative.
- Level II proposals must address additional review criteria.
- Reporting requirements include a participant selection report and white paper.
- Applicants whose project was funded last year (to run in the summer of 2020) may not apply for the same project in the 2020 competition. See eligibility information.
Begin by reading the notice of funding opportunity, below. You want to ensure you understand all the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this program and are prepared to write the most effective application.
Download Application Materials
Sample Application Narratives
Follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and the Grants.gov instructions.
You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application.
After you submit your application, Grants.gov will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.
ONLY FOR PROJECT DIRECTORS WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY DIRECTED AN NEH SUMMER PROGRAM, AND EXPERIENCED DIRECTORS APPLYING FOR AN ENTIRELY NEW PROJECT:
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 16, 2020.