NEH Summer Institutes allow higher ed faculty an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon undergraduate education. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program, but programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses.

This institute will allow twenty-five participants (“Summer Scholars”) to study the themes of the institute with a team of experienced scholars. Project leaders and Summer Scholars will mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is also provided for work on individual or collaborative projects.

Applications are due March 1, 2020. Applicants will be notified on March 27, 2020. Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer(s) by April 3, 2020. Please note that once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (seminar or institute), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Please review the eligibility guidelines before applying.

Application Form

US Citizen or resident: YesNo

If you are a foreign national, have you been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline (March 1, 2020)?
YesNoNot applicable

Have you previously attended an NEH seminar or institute? YesNo

Is either of the co-directors (Karin Meyers or William Waldron) a family member, or have you previously studied with one or both of them?

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Grad student applicants: please ask an academic adviser or professor to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Recommenders can send the letter directly via email to