Application Instructions and Guidance for NEH Summer Institute

Before you attempt to complete an application you must read the eligibility requirements for NEH summer seminar participants. Please be sure that you have also read all the material on this website and the "Application Information and Instructions for NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes" on the NEH website.

Summer Institutes for College and University Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide college and university faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars with an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their understanding of significant humanities ideas, texts, and topics. These study opportunities are especially designed for this program and are not intended to duplicate courses normally offered by graduate programs. On completion of an institute, NEH Summer Scholars will receive a certificate indicating their participation.

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Summer Seminars and Institutes at

Prior to completing an application to a specific seminar or institute, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

Completed applications should be submitted to the project directors, not the NEH, and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.  Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and they will have until Tuesday, April 5, 2016 to accept or decline the offer.  Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Institutes are for 25 Summer Scholars, and provide intensive collaborative study of texts, topics, and ideas central to undergraduate teaching in the humanities under the guidance of faculties distinguished in their fields of scholarship. Institutes aim to prepare participants to return to their classrooms with a deeper knowledge of current scholarship in key fields of the humanities.

How to Apply

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Summer Seminars and Institutes HERE.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:

Adjunct faculty, community college faculty and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.

Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.