CHECKLIST OF APPLICATION MATERIALS
Download a PDF of the Application: Application.pdf
A completed application consists of three copies of the following collated items:
- The completed application cover sheet
- A detailed résumé
- An application essay as outlined below
- Two letters of recommendation as described below
THE APPLICATION COVERSHEET
The application cover sheet must be filled out and submitted on-line to NEH:
Please click on the above link and fill it out on line as directed by the prompts. When you are finished, be sure to click on the “submit” button.
Print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package. Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for more than one project. A full application consists of the items listed above, as sent to the project director.
Résumé: Please include a résumé detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience.
The Application Essay: The application essay should be no longer than four double-spaced pages. An essay should usually be written in response to the information contained in the director's letter. It should address reasons for applying; the applicant's interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip the applicant to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to the applicant's professional responsibilities.
Reference Letters: The two referees should be chosen carefully. They should be familiar with the applicant's professional accomplishments or promise, interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in a community of intellectual inquiry. They should specifically address these issues in their recommendations. Letters from colleagues who know the applicant's teaching and from those outside the applicant's institution who know the applicant's habits of mind can be particularly useful. Referees should, if possible, be familiar with the work of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the seminars and institutes program. It is helpful for referees to read the description of the project sent by the director and the application essay. If an applicant has previously participated in an NEH summer seminar or institute, a recommendation from the director or lead scholar of that program would be useful. Please ask each of your referees to sign their name across the seal on the back of the envelope containing their letter, and enclose the letters with your application.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS AND NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE
Completed applications should be postmarked no later than March 3, 2008 and submitted to the Project Director:
NEH Summer Institute
1201 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1201
Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on April 1, 2008, and they will have until April 15 to accept or decline the offer. Applicants who will not be home during the notification period should provide an address and phone number where they can be reached. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification period.
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