NEH Applying

Prior to applying to a specific seminar or institute, please study the project website and carefully consider the project’s expectations and requirements.

Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following items:

1.  Application Cover Sheet
  • Compete the cover sheet online at:
  • Follow the prompts to the Confirmation Screen.
  • On the confirmation screen, review your application and click the "Submit" button to print a copy for your Application.
  • Click the "Print cover sheet" button and add this cover sheet to your application package file.  In the print dialogue box select Print as PDF or print a copy of this file and scan as a PDF. Then click “submit.”
  • You will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for a second project.  If you do, repeat the process.
  • Do not use the same cover sheet for different projects.
2.  Application Materials
Please include the following required materials in a single PDF file with your last name in the title (ie. john-doe.pdf):
  • the NEH Application Cover Sheet
  • a résumé or curriculum vitae (not to exceed five pages)
  • two professional references (include the name, title, phone number, and e-mail)
  • an application essay (not to exceed four double-spaced pages)
    It should address your interest in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to the learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and, if appropriate, description of an independent project and its relation to your professional responsibilities. 

Submitting an Application

  • Applications must be submitted to the project director, not the NEH
  • Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm Eastern on March 1, 2018.
  • Applications sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.
  • Send your completed application to: Richard Davis at

Application Notification

  • Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
  • Applicants have until Friday, April 6 to accept or decline the offer. 
  • 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.