How to Apply


Application deadline: March 1, 2018 (postmark)

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes as an NEH Summer Scholar HERE

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes allow K-12 teachers an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K-12 education. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program, but the programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses. 

Each institute allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts, who present a range of perspectives on a humanities topic. Participants and scholars mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching of the topic.

In any given year, an individual may apply to two Seminars or Institutes, but may attend only one



A selection committee is comprised of the project director 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. 

Application essays should explain how the specific program will benefit the participant professionally. They should, therefore, address the following:

  1. your effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  2. your intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the seminar or institute;
  3. your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program; and
  4. evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on your teaching.

Five institute 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.


Scholarship and Performance: A Combined Approach to Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays is a two-week institute.  Selected teachers will receive $2,100. The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable. 

Seminar and institute participants must 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.

At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars are expected to submit online evaluations of the seminar or institute.



You must submit three copies of the following collated items:

  • the completed application cover sheet,
  • a résumé or brief biography with contact information for two professional references, and
  • an application essay as outlined below.

Prior to applying to a specific seminar or institute, please study the project website and carefully consider the project’s requirements. A complete application consists of the following three items:

  1. The Application Cover Sheet
  • Compete the cover sheet online at:
  • Follow the prompts.
  • Before you click the “submit” button, print the cover sheet and add it to your application package. Then click “submit.” 
  • You will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for a second project. If you do, repeat the process.
  • Do not use the same cover sheet for different projects.
  1. A Résumé and References

Please include a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages). Include the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of two professional references.

  1. The Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than four double spaced pages.  It should address your interest 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 the learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and, if appropriate, description of an independent project and its relation to the topic of the program and your professional responsibilities. 



Applications must be submitted to the project director, not the NEH, and must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2018. Applications sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Send your application to:

Education Department
Theatre for a New Audience
154 Christopher Street, Suite 3D
New York, New York 10014
Attn: NEH Institute

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. They will have until Friday, April 6 to accept or decline the offer. 

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.


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).

folio-2016Shakespeare’s First Folio

Theatre for a New AudiencePolonsky Shakespeare Center

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Pictured above: Participants in the 2017 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers; Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.