Mapping Nature Across the Americas: To Apply

Completed applications should be submitted to James Akerman, Project Director, and should be postmarked no later than March 4, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Monday, March 31, 2014 and will have until Friday, April 4 to accept or decline the offer.

Before applying, please read the full Institute Description and the NEH Application Information and Instructions. Applicants are responsible for reading these materials prior to submitting an application.

Applicants are asked to complete an Application Cover Sheet online at the NEH’s website. Please mail hard copies of all other required materials to the Smith Center at The Newberry Library. The most important part of the application is the essay of no more than four double spaced pages. This essay should include your reasons for applying to the specific project; your relevant personal and academic information; your qualifications to do the work of the project and make a contribution to it; what you hope to accomplish; and the relation of the study to your teaching. Please also include contact information for two professional references. Two letters of reference are highly recommended, though not required. Should you be submitting letters, please ask each of your referees to sign their name across the seal on the back of the envelope containing their letter, and enclose these letters with your application. 

Application Checklist

All application materials should be submitted in one envelope. A complete application consists of three copies of the following collated items:

  • the completed application cover sheet
  • a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography with contact information for two professional references
  • an application essay as outlined below

An important note: You may submit two letters of recommendation. This is highly recommended, though not required.

To Mail Your Application

Please send all application materials, in one envelope to:

The Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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