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Wazir Khan Mosque in Reflection, a painting by Samira Quraeshi, courtesy of Samira Quraeshi

Applications for the 2021 Institute are now closed

NEH Summer Institutes allow K-12 educators an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K-12 education. Participants, or “Summer Scholars” will receive a certificate upon completion of the program, but programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses. Each institute provides Summer Scholars the opportunity to study a humanities topic with a team of experienced scholars and from a range of perspectives. Project leaders and participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is provided for participants to work on individual or collaborative projects.

To apply, please first review the eligibility requirements and expectations of the program below, and then click the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page.

For the complete NEH eligibility criteria, please click HERE.

Applications for the 2021 Institute are now closed

Application Guidelines & Submission

Applications will be accepted online through our online submission system starting on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. We will post the link on that day. We are not able to accept mail-in applications. Applications will close on Monday, March 1, 2021 midnight PST. 


The online application consists of a series questions or requested uploads, including:

  • Basic biographical information, including subjects taught and years of teaching experience

  • A professional résumé or curriculum vitae (as an uploaded file)

  • Contact information for 3 professional references (as an uploaded file)

  • Short essay questions addressing the following: 

    • Your effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;

    • Your intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the institute;

    • Your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program; and

    • Evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on your teaching.


Tuesday, December 15, 2020: Application process opens online. 


Monday, March 1, 2021: Completed applications due. You are welcome to submit before then.


Friday, March 26, 2021: All applicants will be notified about the status of their applications.

Friday, April 2, 2021: All accepted applicants must accept or decline their offer.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email:

Applications for the 2021 Institute are now closed

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