Summer Seminars and 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

Summer Seminars and Institutes for K-12 Educators provide school teachers across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. One- to four-week residential programs, led by scholars and K-12 professionals, allow participants to study a variety of humanities topics. Seminars and Institutes emphasize the intellectual quality of humanities education and address recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum.

Summer Seminars and Institutes for K-12 Educators 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

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 teaching. Substantial time is made available for reflection, work on independent projects, and related advising.

Institutes allow twenty-five to thirty-six participants to study a humanities topic with a team of experienced scholars and K-12 professionals. Institutes typically have more meeting time than seminars. The participants and team of scholarly and K-12 professionals mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching. Some time is reserved for work on individual or collaborative projects.

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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)

Proposal Narrative

  • Level II proposals must address Dissemination in their narrative

Review Criteria

  • 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.
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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 16, 2020.

Program Statistics

In the last five competitions this program received an average of
per year
This program has a
Funding Ratio
NEH made an average of
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