Please note: The application deadline for the 2021 Summer Seminar “Making the Good Reader and Citizen” has passed. 

Please review the following Eligibility Criteria, Terms and Conditions, and Application Procedures

NEH Summer Programs Eligibility Criteria

Summer seminars and institutes are designed primarily for full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home schooling parents. Recipients may admit a limited number of educators who work outside the K-12 classroom and who can demonstrate that participation will advance project goals and enhance their professional work. At least three seminar spaces and five institute spaces must 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 seminar or institute’s website.

Terms and Conditions

An individual may apply to a maximum of two Seminars, Institutes, or Landmark programs, but may attend only one.

Participants will be expected to:

  • 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.
  • Submit an evaluation at the end of the project’s residential period.


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).

Application Procedures

Your application will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of the project faculty and outside experts.

March 1, 2021 Application Deadline (11:59 pm Pacific Time)
March 26, 2021 Notification for all applicants
April 2, 2021 Deadline for successful applicants to accept or decline admission (alternates may be accepted after this date).

HERE is the online application form. It requires you to complete a statement of purpose (up to 5000 characters, or approximately 900 words), supply the names and emails for two professional references, and upload a 1-2 page resume.