NEH-funded Institutes are professional development programs that convene K-12 educators or higher education faculty from across the nation to deepen their understanding of significant topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.

You are eligible to apply if you are a:

• United States citizen, including those teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions and schools operated by the federal government;

• resident of U.S. jurisdictions; or

• foreign national who has been residing in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline.

You are not eligible to apply if you:

• are a foreign national teaching abroad

• are related to the project director(s)

• are affiliated with the applicant institution (employees, currently enrolled students, etc.)

• have been taught or advised in an academic capacity by the project director(s)

• are delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees)

• have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency

• have attended a previous NEH professional development project (Seminars, Landmarks, or Institutes) led by the project director(s).

NEH does not require participants to have earned an advanced degree.

In any given year, an individual may attend only one Institute or Landmarks workshop.

To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated below.

In accordance with NEH guidelines, five (5) places will be reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure track faculty, and an additional three (3) places will be reserved for advanced graduate students who have, at minimum, reached candidacy in their Ph.D. program.  

Please note that the NEH itself does not answer questions on applications, or accept and/or review applications. Any questions about applications should be directed to the project team.


Eligibility and Applying: To be considered, you must submit a complete application as outlined below. Prospective participants must follow the stated application and acceptance deadlines. In general, application extensions will not be granted. Any questions about applying should be directed to the individual project team. Participant eligibility criteria are determined by NEH. Application review and offer decisions are determined by individual project teams in accordance with NEH eligibility requirements.

Participant Acceptance: In any given year, an individual may attend only one Institute or Landmarks workshop. Participants may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer once they have accepted an offer to attend an NEH Institutes or Landmarks program. Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

Principles of Civility: Project teams and program participants must adhere to the Principles of Civility for NEH Professional Development Programs detailed here:

Participant Stipends and Attendance: Stipends provide compensation to participants for their time commitment and help to defray participation costs, such as travel, program activities, lodging, and meals (for residential programs), and technical support (for virtual programs). For residential programs, participants cover their own costs for travel to/from a program, lodging, and meals. Stipends are taxable as income.

Applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to arrive after the beginning or depart before the end of the Institutes or Landmarks program, it shall be the recipient institution's responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

For the ASU 2024 Summer Institute, the stipend amount is $2,200. As noted above, please be aware that this amount is taxable as income.

Participant Evaluations: The NEH requires project directors to collect anonymous participant evaluations at the conclusion of their programs. Unedited participant evaluation responses will be included in the project’s final report to the NEH and any future Institutes or Landmarks applications.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee, comprised of the project directors and two colleagues, will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of Summer Scholars and to identify alternates. Primary consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute.

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 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).


Completed applications must be received by Tuesday, March 5th, 2024. Applications should be completed by filling out the form below. 

Do not send applications directly to the NEH; applications sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified of decisions on Friday, April 5th, 2024. Once applicants have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar or Institute), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer(s) by Friday, April 19th, 2024.

Application Instructions and Format 

Applications should be submitted by filling out the form below. Please do not email applications. Supporting documentation should be in PDF format. If you have any problems uploading documents or using the form, please contact the Project Team at:

As part of your application, please upload the following documents in PDF form: 

  • your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) 
  • a short statement of purpose (maximum 2 pages). This should discuss your academic or research background, your reasons for wanting to participate in the Institute, any relevant courses you may previously have taught, your linguistic training (if any) and your plans for making use of the Institute in your future teaching or research. 

To access the application form, please click below. If you are having trouble accessing the form, please email us at

Form NEH App

Image credit: A beautiful woman writing a novel. Tomioka Eisen, c. 1900