These projects are designed principally for classroom teachers and librarians in public, private, parochial, and charter schools, as well as home schooling parents. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom professionals, are eligible to participate, subject to available space.
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 participate in a workshop given by the same director on the same topic in which they have previously participated; in other words, they should not apply to attend the same workshop twice. Individuals may not apply to study with a Landmarks director who is a family member.
Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet and provide all of the information requested below to be considered eligible.
New this year: An individual may apply to up to two NEH summer projects in any one year (Landmarks workshops, seminars, or institutes), but may participate in only one. Please note that eligibility criteria differ significantly between the Landmarks Workshops and the Seminars and Institutes Programs.
A selection committee (consisting in most cases of the project director, one of the project scholars, and a veteran teacher) will read and evaluate all properly completed applications.
Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the workshop experience. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in the application essay:
Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Landmarks workshop, seminar or institute.
Teachers selected to participate as Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the residential workshop session. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable.
Summer Scholars are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully in all project activities. Summer Scholars who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.
Summer Scholars will provide NEH with an assessment of their workshop experience, especially in terms of its value to their personal and professional development. You will be asked to provide a confidential online evaluation at the close of the workshop.
This workshop entails approximately 40 hours of direct instruction and participation. Michigan SB-CEUs will be available, pending approval from the Michigan State Board of Education through Wayne RESA, for a nominal fee of $10. The workshop staff will work with you to provide the documentation needed for you to apply for CEUs from your home district or state. Undergraduate or graduate credit is available for this workshop through the University of Michigan–Dearborn. The university offers summer scholars from out-of-state a tuition discount, equal to in-state tuition plus 10%. Summer scholars interested in credit through UM-Dearborn will work with Prof. Martin Hershock to meet requirements and pay tuition.