Application Information and Instructions

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2022 NEH SUMMER INSTITUTE for Middle School and High School TEACHERS


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Please review the Eligibility Criteria for NEH Summer Institutes prior to submitting application.

NEH-funded institutes are professional development programs that convene K-12 educators or higher education faculty from across the nation in order to deepen and enrich their understanding of a variety of topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.
Each institute allows 25 to 36 participants to study a humanities topic with a team of experienced
scholars. Because this larger format emphasizes the range of perspectives that can be brought to a topic,
an institute typically has more and longer meetings per week than a seminar. Project leaders and
participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is provided for work on individual or collaborative projects.


A selection committee is comprised of the project director and two or more colleagues, at least one of whom is a Middle -12 teacher. They evaluate all complete applications to select a group of NEH Summer Scholars and identify alternates.

Institutes are designed primarily for full- or part-time Middle -12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home-schooling parents. 

At least five institute spaces will be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less). 

Participants 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. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate.

Individuals may not apply to participate in a Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH summer program attended by the applicant. Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in a Summer Seminar or Institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.

To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual  institute’s website.  


Each participant will receive a stipend according to the duration of the Seminar or Institute, whether one ($1,300) two ($2,200), three ($2,850), or four ($3,450) weeks. The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable.

Seminar and institute participants must attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work of the project. During the project, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Those 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, Summer Scholars are expected to submit online evaluations of the seminar or institute.


Prior to applying to a specific seminar or institute, please study the project website and carefully consider the project’s requirements. A complete application consists of the following items:

1.  The Application for "Punishment: The American Story"

2.  A Résumé and Additional Questions

Please include a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages).

This institute requests applicants to anwer a set of Additional Questions.

Both of these documents need to be uploaded to your online application.


Applications must be submitted to the project via the online application, not the NEH, and must be completed online no later than March 1, 2022. Applications sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Questions about the application process may be directed to Megan Estes, e-mail:

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 25, 2022. They will have until Friday, April 8, 2022 to accept or decline the offer.

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.


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: 202/606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).

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