How to Apply | Newberry

How to Apply

Completed applications (hard copy) should be submitted to Liesl Olson at the Newberry Library, and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017.  Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 31, 2017, and they will have until Friday, April 7 to accept or decline the offer.

Before applying, please read the full Institute Description and the NEH Application Information and Instructions.

Applicants are asked to complete an online Application Cover sheet located on the NEH’s website.

Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package.  Then click “submit.”  At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project.  If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process. 

Do not use the same cover sheet for different projects.  You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application.  

Please mail hard copies of all other required materials to Liesl Olson at the Newberry Library (address below).  

The most important part of the application is the essay of no more than four double spaced pages.  It should address your interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to your professional responsibilities. 

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of three copies of the following collated items:

  • the completed application cover sheet

  • application essay

  • a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography (not to exceed five pages) with contact information for two professional references (name, title, phone number, and e-mail address)

Completed applications should be submitted to the project director, not the NEH, and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2017. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.  Send your application to: LIESL OLSON, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago IL , 60610.

Note: Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar or Institute), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

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, DC 20024.  TDD:  202/6068282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).