FAQ's: Application and Eligibility

Participants Eligibility Criteria

Who is eligible?

NEH Summer Institutes for K-12 teachers are designed for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately. The anticipated application deadline of March 1, 2022. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees).

In any given year, an individual may apply to a maximum of two Seminars, Institutes, or Landmarks, but may attend only one.

Five Institute spaces are reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less).

What is expected of participants?

Since this Institute is fully online, Institute participants who accept an award are expected to have the hardware needed for online learning and a reliable internet connection. Institute participants who accept an award are expected to remain during the entire period of the Institute and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend. During the project, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project.

How many participants will be selected?

The Institute has space for 35 participants.

How will participants be selected?

Participants will be chosen by a selection committee of three people, one of whom is a current K-12 teacher. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant's effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  • Applicant's intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the Institute;
  • Applicant's unique perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program;
  • Evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on the applicant's teaching.

Elementary teachers and librarians are given priority in the selection process; however, secondary teachers will find the Institute relevant and are encouraged to apply. Five Institute spaces are reserved for new teachers who have been teaching for five years or less. Primary consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Institute. When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference is given to those who would enhance the diversity of the program.

What is a complete application?

The application must include: complete application form available online (below), a 1-3 page résumé and contact information for a professional reference. In addition, the application requires a 2-3 page typed and double-spaced essay that respond to the question, "why are you interested in this Institute and in what ways do you anticipate its contribution to your professional practice?"

What are the institute deadlines?

  • March 1: Participant application deadline
  • March 25: Participant notification deadline
  • April 8: Participant acceptance deadline

Is there a stipend for participation?

The stipend of $650.00 is intended to cover basic academic expenses.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer. National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW. Washington, D.C. 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).

NEH Eligibility


2022 Application