Application Information and Instructions

The March 1 deadline has passed and applications for this program are no longer being accepted.

For detailed application instructions, please review the application information and instructions provided by NEH. Please also be sure to review the NEH's eligibility criteria for participation.


The anticipated audience for the workshop is 3rd–12th grade teachers who emphasize social studies, history and early colonization. Drawing from a national audience for the first week and a local audience for the second, preference will be given to those with a demonstrated commitment to using primary sources and place-based learning methods in their teaching practice.


Before you attempt to complete an application, please study the project website, which contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.

Please note that you will submit your application electronically as three separate digital files using the Apply Now link at the bottom of this page.

Application Checklist

A completed application consists of the following items:

1) the completed application cover sheet

2) a resume or short biography with contact information for a professional reference, and

3) an application essay (no longer than two double-spaced pages) as outlined below.

Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online here. Please follow the prompts; be sure to indicate your first and second choices of workshop dates. Before you click the “submit” button, save the cover sheet as a digital file to be submitted with your other application materials (or print out the cover sheet to scan). 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. 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 several projects. A full application consists of all of the items listed above, submitted to the project director. 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. Do not copy and paste a new cover sheet.

Resume and Reference

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

Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than two double‑spaced pages. The essay should address your professional background; interest in the subject of the workshop; special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.


Completed applications should be submitted by following the red Apply Now link below. Applications are due no later than March 1, 2017.

Do not submit your materials to the NEH. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection by email on March 31, 2017, and they will have until April 7, 2017 to accept or decline the offer. Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.


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:

• your professional background;

• your interest in the subject of the workshop;

• your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and

• how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service. 

While recent participants are eligible to apply, selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop in the last three years (2014, 2015, 2016). Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop.


Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/606‑8282 (for the hearing impaired only).