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Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Application Information and Instructions

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

Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide college and university faculty members 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 a seminar or institute, NEH Summer Scholars will receive a certificate indicating their participation. 

At least three seminar spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members.

Prior to completing an application to as 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.

This seminar will include 16 NEH Summer Scholars.

Please note: An individual may apply to up to two projects (NEH Summer Seminars or NEH Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one. 

Selection Criteria

A selection committee consisting of the seminar director, the director of the McNickle Center, and an outside scholar, will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates.   

Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in your application essay:

  1.  quality and commitment as a teacher, scholar, and interpreter of the humanities;
  2.  intellectual interests, in general and as they relate to the work of the seminar or institute;
  3.  special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the seminar or institute;
  4.  the likelihood that the experience will enhance the applicant’s teaching and scholarship; and
  5.  the conception and organization of the applicant’s independent project and its potential contribution to the seminar.

Recent participants are eligible to apply, but selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Seminar or Institute in the last three years (2014, 2015, 2016). When choices must be made among equally qualified candidates, several additional factors are considered.  Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute, or who significantly contribute to the diversity of the seminar or institute.

Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award

Individuals selected to participate in this project will receive a stipend of $3,300.  Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable. Applicants to all projects should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses. 

Seminar participants are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the project.  During the project’s tenure, they may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Participants who, for any reason, 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 submit online evaluations in which they review their work during the summer and assess its value to their personal and professional development. These evaluations will become part of the project’s grant file.

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