Application Info

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Sixteen schoolteachers will be selected for participation in the program from a national pool of applicants. Though the traditional emphasis of classroom map use has been on teaching history, geography, and social studies, we encourage language arts, art, and science teachers to apply as well. Past NEH summer programs organized by the Newberry Library have greatly benefited from the participation of teachers from all K-12 grade levels and public and private schools.

Three seminar spaces may be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less). First consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute. When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference is given to those who would enhance the diversity of the program.

Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the seminar experience.  It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in your application essay:

  1.  your effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  2.  your intellectual interests, in general and as they relate to the work of the project;
  3.  your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the  seminar or institute; and
  4. the likelihood that the experience will enhance your teaching.

While recent participants are eligible to apply, selection committees will give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop in the last three years (2015, 2016, 2017). Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the program.

A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates.  This selection committee is comprised of the project directors and two or more colleagues, at least one of whom is a K-12 teacher.  They evaluate all complete applications to select a group of NEH Summer Scholars and identify alternates.

To verify your eligibility, please consult the following link, courtesy of the NEH:

Eligibility Criteria 2018

Before you apply, please read the seminar description in this site’s “Seminar Overview” page, and the following Application Information and Instructions, courtesy of the NEH:

2018 K-12 Application Info and Instructions

How To Apply

Applicants are asked to first complete an online application cover sheet located on the NEH’s website (link provided below).

You will then create a log-in and password for Newberry’s SlideRoom account, where you will upload all of your information and application materials:

The online application deadline is March 1, 2018.  Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, and they will have until Friday, April 6 to accept or decline the offer.

Before you click the “submit” button on the NEH website, save your Cover Sheet to a PDF file (or, print a hard copy and scan into a PDF).  You will be asked to upload it later to the Newberry’s online application portal.  Then click “submit.”  At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project.  If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process.

Please do not use the same cover sheet for different projects.  You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application.

The most important part of the application is the essay of no more than four double spaced pages.  It should address your interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to your professional responsibilities.

A complete application consists of three items, which you will upload to SlideRoom:

  • The completed application cover sheet (first submitted online to NEH, then uploaded as an attachment to SlideRoom)
  • Application essay
  • A detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography (not to exceed five pages) with contact information for two professional references (name, title, phone number, and e-mail address)

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.

Equal Opportunity Statement

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:  202/6068282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).