NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops are designed principally for full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home-schooling parents. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom professionals, are eligible to participate, subject to available space.
Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions, or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals, are eligible for this program. Applicants must be United States 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 preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply. Individuals may not apply to participate in a workshop given by the same director on the same topic in which they have previously participated; in other words, they should not apply to attend the same workshop twice. Individuals may not apply to study with an NEH Landmarks director who is a family member.
Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet and provide all the information requested below to be considered eligible.
An individual may apply to up to two NEH summer projects (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer Institutes), but mayparticipate in only one. Please note that eligibility criteria differ significantly between the NEH Landmarks Workshops and the NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes programs.
A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications.
Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the workshop experience. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in the application essay:
1) your professional background;
2) your interest in the subject of the workshop;
3) your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and
4) how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.
When choices must be made among equally qualified candidates, several additional factors are considered such as likelihood that the candidate will share workshop materials and understanding with colleagues. Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute, or who significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop.
Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award
Teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $1,200 (minus lodging costs -if any- and meal plan cost) at the end of the residential workshop session. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable.
NEH Summer Scholars are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully as professionals in all project activities. Participants who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.
At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars will be asked to provide an assessment of their workshop experience, especially in terms of its value to their personal and professional development. These confidential online evaluations will become a part of the project’s grant file.