Application Instructions

Applicants notified of their status on March 25 

The Landmarks of American History and Culture program supports a series of one-week workshops for K-12 educators of ALL subjects and grades, from across the nation to enhance and strengthen humanities teaching at the K-12 level. Projects employ a place-based approach and are designed to offer educators a unique and compelling opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge of the diverse histories, cultures, traditions, languages, and perspectives of the American people.

We seek 72 enthusiastic and committed full- and part-time teachers and librarians of all subjects and grades in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents, who want to be NEH Summer Scholars. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel—including, but not limited to, administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers—are also eligible to participate. While the program is designed with history, geography, civics, government, and ethnic studies in mind, we will assist teachers of all subject to apply their learning for their subject and context.

We want people who share our curiosity and enthusiasm for the topic, and we will be selecting NEH Summer Scholars based on the extent to which they will benefit personally and professionally from the seminar, and share their experience with students and colleagues. We expect to draw a robust pool of qualified applicants from which to draw a diverse group of teachers from a variety of teaching assignments and geographic locations. Priority acceptance will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Summer Institute, Seminar, or Landmarks Workshop as well as those who enhance the diversity of our program. Additionally, some space is reserved in each week for participants with five or less years of teaching experience. 

Participants are selected by a committee, which will consist of three or more members of our project team including our project director and two or more colleagues. They will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates.

Preparation of Materials

We’ve set up a convenient online system to submit your application materials. Directions for that process are detailed below. We look forward to receiving your completed application –not to the NEH — by the March 1, 2022 deadline. If our desire to “go paperless” does not work for you, please contact us at and we will be happy to make accommodations.

Before you apply, please review the NEH’s eligibility requirements (updated version posted 2/21/22) that apply to all NEH Landmarks workshops. 


Application Checklist

A completed application consists of the following items:

  • a resume or short biography and,
  • an application essay (no longer than two double-spaced pages) as outlined below.

1. Résumé

  • Please include a résumé or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience. Be sure the resume provides the name, title, phone number, and email address of one professional reference.

2. Application Essay

  • The application essay should be no more than two double-spaced pages in which you address your:
    1. Professional background
    2. Interest in the subject of the workshop
    3. Special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop, including those that will enhance the diversity of our program
    4. Most importantly how the experience at our Landmarks Workshop would enhance your teaching or school service

Submission of Materials

We’ve created a convenient online submission process to send us your application! You can upload your documents either: 1) As a single PDF 2) Individual résumé and essay. Follow the directions below:

  1. Navigate to online submission page
  2. Enter the requested information
  3. Upload your documents individually or as a full PDF

IMPORTANT: DO NOT SEND ITEMS TO THE NEH. Application materials sent to the NEH will NOT be reviewed.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022


Completed applications should be submitted to the project director, not the NEH, no later than March 1, 2022. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of their status on Friday, March 25, 2022. Applicants selected for the Institute will have until Friday April 8, 2022 to accept or decline the offer. Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

While recent participants in NEH Summer Programs (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer Institutes) are eligible to apply, applicants who have not participated in any NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop will be given first consideration. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop.

COVID Disclaimer

Depending on the public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change. Since NEH Landmarks programs are designed and funded as residential projects, we will proceed as planned. Applicants should be aware, however, that NEH may call for projects to adopt a virtual or hybrid format as they continue to monitor events in the coming months. If so, we will provide guidance to selected applicants. While in the residential program, we will adhere to all COVID mitigation practices required by our University, our state and county health offices, and our partners to ensure we provide a safe environment.  


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 Seventh Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (for the hearing impaired only).

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