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APPLICATION INFORMATION
Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes as an NEH Summer Scholar here.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes allow K-12 teachers an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K-12 education. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the program, but the programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses.

Each institute allows twenty-five to thirty-six participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to pursue an intensive program of study under a team of scholarly experts, who present a range of perspectives on a humanities topic. Participants and scholars mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching of the topic.

Prior to applying to a specific seminar or institute, please study the project website and carefully consider the project’s requirements.  In any given year, an individual may apply to two Seminars or Institutes, but may attend only one.

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SELECTION CRITERIA
A selection committee is comprised of the project director and two or more colleagues, at least one of whom is a K-12 teacher.  They evaluate all complete applications to select a group of NEH Summer Scholars and identify alternates.

Application essays should explain how the specific program will benefit the participant professionally. They should, therefore, address the following:

  1. In what specific ways do you currently teach about the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. Why is it important to teach about the grassroots history of the Civil Rights Movement?
  3. Tell us about your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to this Institute.
  4. Share with us evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on your own teaching and how you plan to use what you learn to impact your school or school district.

This institute is designed for teachers in grades 5-12 with experience teaching about the Civil Rights Movement beyond the textbook narrative. The information will be most useful for social studies and language arts teachers. We are looking for teachers who want to make a change not only in their classrooms, but also in the ways that the history of the Civil Rights Movement is taught in their district and state.

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). First consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute. When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference is given to those who would enhance the diversity of the program.

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STIPEND, TENURE, AND CONDITIONS OF AWARD
Each participant will receive a stipend of $2,850. Stipends are taxable.

Seminar and institute participants must attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work of the project.  During the project, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project.  Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars are expected to submit online evaluations of the seminar or institute.

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APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

This institute is designed for teachers in grades 5-12 with experience teaching about the Civil Rights Movement beyond the textbook narrative. The information will be most useful for social studies and language arts teachers. We are looking for teachers who want to make a change not only in their classrooms, but also in the ways that the history of the Civil Rights Movement is taught in their district and state to empower young people as full citizens.

A complete application consists of the following three items:

  1. Application Form Respond to all the questions and upload your documents here.
  1. A Résumé 

Please include a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages).

  1. The Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than six double spaced pages. Your application essay should explain how the specific program will benefit you professionally. Please address the following:

  1. In what specific ways do you currently teach about the Civil Rights Movement?
  2. Why is it important to teach about the grassroots history of the Civil Rights Movement?
  3. Tell us about your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to this Institute.
  4. Share with us evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on your own teaching and how you plan to use what you learn to impact your school or school district.

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HOW TO APPLY

Apply in one of three ways: Online, Email, or Mail.  Applications must be submitted to the  project director, not the NEH, and must be received electronically or postmarked no later than March 1, 2021, 11:59 pm ET.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Check back here or with Teaching for Change for future workshops!

Contact Allison Raven at allison.raven@duke.edu if you have any issues with the online application.

If you prefer to send the application via U.S. mail, send it to the address below, postmarked by March 1, 2021:

Wesley Hogan
The Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27705

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NOTIFICATION 

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Note: Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar or Institute), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

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).

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