How To Apply

There is currently no application cycle.


Please review the National Endowment for the Humanities’ eligibility requirements here.

Application Information

Landmarks of American History and Culture programs provide K-12 educators with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics and issues in American history and culture, while providing them with direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.

Prior to completing an application to a specific Landmarks program, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of online or in person delivery, attendance and engagement, reading and writing requirements, and curricular development and dissemination based on participation in the program.

NEH Landmarks workshops involve teachers in collaboration with core faculty and visiting scholars to study the best available scholarship on a specific landmark or cluster of landmarks. Workshops, offered twice in one summer, accommodate 36 teachers in each one-week session. Participants benefit by gaining a sense of the importance of historical and cultural places, by making connections between the workshop content and what they teach, and by developing individual teaching and/or research materials.

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

Selection Criteria

A selection committee formed by the project director will read and evaluate all properly completed applications.

Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the workshop experience. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in the application essay:

1) your professional background;
2) your interest in the subject of the workshop;
3) your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and
4) how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.

While recent participants are eligible to apply, selection committees are asked to give first consideration to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop.

Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award

Teachers selected to participate in a Landmarks program will receive a $1,300.00 stipend at the end of the workshop session. Stipends are intended to help cover project-related expenses. Stipends are taxable.

Landmarks program participants are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully as professionals in all project activities. Participants who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be asked to provide an assessment of their workshop experience, especially in terms of its value to their personal and professional development. These confidential online evaluations will become a part of the project’s grant file.

Application Checklist

A completed application consists of the following collated items:

  • a completed application form,
  • a resume or short biography with contact information for a professional reference, and
  • an application essay (no longer than two double-spaced pages) as outlined below. 

Application Form

The application form must be filled out online.

Please follow the prompts; be sure to indicate your first and second choices of workshop dates.  You should receive a copy of your responses once you submit the form. Please save your responses to include in your application packet.

Note that filling out an application form is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind. A full application consists of all of the items listed above, submitted to the project director. 

Resume and Reference

Please include a resume or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience. Be sure the resume provides the name, title, phone number, and email address of one professional reference.  

Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than two double-spaced pages. The essay should address your professional background; interest in the subject of the workshop; special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.  

Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure

Completed applications should be submitted to the project director no later than Monday, March 1, 2021. Send your completed application as a single PDF to Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision on Friday, March 26, 2021. Accepted applicants must inform the director of their acceptance or rejection of the offer by Friday, April 2.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH-supported program (NEH Landmarks program, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/606-8282 (for the hearing impaired only).