NEH Eligibility

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




These projects are designed principally for full time and part time classroom teachers and

librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home

schooling parents. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers,

and classroom professionals, are also eligible to participate.


Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions or Americans teaching in

foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals are eligible for

this program. Applicants 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. Foreign nationals teaching abroad

at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.


Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is affiliated

with the same institution or is a family member. Individuals must not apply to seminars directed

by scholars with whom they have previously studied. Institute selection committees are advised

that only under the most compelling and exceptional circumstances may an individual

participate in an institute with a director or a lead faculty member who has previously guided

that individual’s research or in whose previous institute or seminar he or she has participated.


To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application. This includes an NEH

cover sheet and the additional materials  requested on the individual seminar or institute website.