Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty

Division of Education Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

Up to $235,000

Open to

Organizations

Expected output

Conference/Institute/Seminar

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 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.

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Summer Seminars & Institutes
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What’s New for 2020

General

  • 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).

Proposal Narrative

  • Level II proposals must address dissemination in their narrative.

Review Criteria

  • Level II proposals must address additional review criteria.

Reporting

  • Reporting requirements include a participant selection report and white paper.

Reminder

  • 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.
Complete your application package

Follow the instructions outlined in the notice of funding opportunity and the Grants.gov instructions.

Submit your application package on Grants.gov

You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application. 

Verify you have received email messages from Grants.gov

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.

Monitor the status of the submission of your letters of recommendation

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.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
68
Applications
per year
This program has a
37%
Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
25
Awards
per year