Application Information and Instructions


If you applied for the Leventhal's Mapping a New World NEH Landmarks summer teacher workshop and DID NOT get an email on Friday, March 26th, please check your spam folder. We sent emails to ALL of our applicants notifying them of their status at 7am EDT from the email address:


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

These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel--such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers--are also eligible to participate. Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household and other employees). Participants 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 participate.

Individuals may not apply to an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the prospective applicant’s institution, or is someone with whom the prospective applicant has previously studied.


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.

You can download a copy of the application essay questions HERE. We recommend writing them in a separate document and pasting them into the Google form to be sure your work is saved if you have a submission error. Please write at least a paragraph (but not more than three paragraphs) for each essay question.

At the end you will be asked to upload a PDF copy of your resume or biography.


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. Therefore, the Google form you fill out will ask you to address each of the following:

• 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, the selection committee is charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop in the last three years. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop.


Completed applications should be submitted HERE, not to the NEH, no later than March 1, 2021. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

All applicants will be notified of their status on Friday, March 26, 2021. Those accepted will have until Friday, April 2, 2021 to accept or decline the offer.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH-supported 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.


If you applied for this workshop before it was postponed from summer 2020 to summer 2021 you do not need to reapply. However, we will be emailing you a new form to fill out in December where you can 1) confirm that you would like to join the applicant pool for 2021, 2) select your new preferred week, and 3) provide updates to your contact and other relevant information if necessary.


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).