Application

Eligibility

Please review the eligibility guidelines on the NEH website to determine if you are eligible to participate in the Central Asia in World History NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers.

Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide teachers an opportunity for substantive study of significant humanities ideas and texts. These study opportunities are especially designed for this program and are not intended to duplicate courses normally offered by graduate programs. On completion of an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute, NEH Summer Scholars will receive a certificate indicating their participation. 

Prior to completing an application to a specific seminar or institute, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

An institute for school teachers, typically led by a team of core faculty and visiting scholars, is designed to present the best available scholarship on important humanities issues and works taught in the nation's schools. The 25 to 30 NEH Summer Scholars compare and synthesize the various perspectives offered by the faculty, make connections between the institute content and classroom applications, and often develop improved teaching materials for their classrooms. 

Please note: An individual may apply to up to two projects (NEH Summer Seminars, Institutes or Landmarks Workshops), but may participate in only one.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates. The Institute selection committee will consist of four members, the Institute Director and Associate Director, a visiting faculty member, and the Institute's Master Teacher. 

The most important consideration in the selection of participants is the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally. Committee members consider several factors, each of which should be addressed in the application essay.  These factors include:

  1. effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  2. intellectual interests, in general and as they relate to the work of the project;
  3. special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the institute;
  4. commitment to participate fully in the formal and informal collegial life of the project: and
  5. the likelihood that the experience will enhance the applicant's teaching.

Recent participants are eligible to apply, but project selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop in the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015). When choices must be made among equally qualified candidates, several additional factors are considered. Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Summer Seminar, Institute, or Landmarks Workshop, or who significantly contribute to the diversity of the seminar or institute.

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of three copies of the following collated items:

  • the completed application cover sheet,
  • a résumé or brief biography with contact information for two professional references, and
  • an application essay as outlined below.

Application Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address:

https://securegrants.neh.gov/education/participants/

Please follow the prompts. Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package. Then click “submit.” At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project. If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process.

Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for several projects. A full application consists of the items listed above, as sent to the project director.   

You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application. Do not copy and paste a new cover sheet.   

Résumé and References

Please include a résumé or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience. Be sure the résumé provides the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of two professional references.

The Application Essay

Please note that the most important part of the application is the essay. Your essay should discuss your reasons for applying to Central Asia in World History, your relevant personal and academic information, your qualifications to contribute to the work of the Institute, and how the work of the Institute will benefit your teaching. The application essay should be no more than four double‑spaced pages. It should address reasons for applying; the applicant's interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip the applicant to do the work of the Institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to the applicant's professional responsibilities.

Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2016 and submitted to:

Eileen Kunkler

Center for Slavic and East European Studies

303 Oxley Hall

1712 Neil Ave.

Columbus OH 43210

We cannot accept any application material via fax, e-mail, or as an attachment to e-mail. Applications should not be sent to the NEH.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and they will have until Thursday, April 7 to accept or decline the offer. You need to let us know where you will be on this date if it is different from the contact information you give on your application.

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

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD:  202/606‑8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).

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