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.


Please note: Up to two seminar spaces and three institute spaces are available for current fulltime

graduate students who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching.

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 study with a director of an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute who

is a current colleague or 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.


Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet and provide all the information

requested on the individual seminar or institute website to be considered eligible.