How To Apply


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

Application Information

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops provide 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 workshop, 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.

During NEH Landmarks workshops, educators collaborate 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 up 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 (consisting in most cases of the project director, one of the project scholars, and a veteran teacher) will read and evaluate all 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 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 as Wide-Open Town Scholars will receive a $1,200 stipend at the end of the workshop session. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable.

Summer Scholars 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 workshop will receive a reduced stipend.

At the end of the workshop, Wide-Open Town Scholars 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 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 résumé 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. When the application cycle for Summer 2021 opens, a link to the application form will be posted here.

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. 

Résumé and Reference

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 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

The 2021 application timeline will be posted here as soon as that information is available. These dates are consistent across Landmarks projects and are determined by the NEH.

Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed. Completed applications should be submitted to the project director. Send your completed application as a single PDF to

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH-supported Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, 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:  202/6068282 (for the hearing impaired only).