The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funds tuition-free summer programs for K-12 educators and higher education faculty.  Participants receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.  Programs are held throughout the country. 

The deadline for applications is March 1, 2019.

These one- to four-week study opportunities focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and strong models of scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities. 

K-12 educators

“Landmarks of American History and Culture” workshops are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as homeschooling parents.

Other K-12 school-system personnel such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers, are also eligible to participate.

Three seminar spaces and five institute spaces may be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less).

Individual applicants are allowed to apply to up to two different Seminars, Institutes, or Landmarks programs; however, they may participate in only one program per summer.

Higher education faculty

These programs are designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students. Advanced graduate students, and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations are also eligible.

At least three seminar spaces and at least five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Two seminar spaces and three institute spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students.


For either the K-12 or higher education programs, applicants must be U.S. 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 apply. Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute or “Landmarks of American History and Culture” workshops whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the same institution, or is someone with whom they have previously studied.

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