Apply for Engaging Geography in the Humanities by March 1, 2020!
A complete application consists of the following items:
1) The Application Form
Fill out the application form by 11:59PM EST, March 1, 2020. Late applications will not be considered.
2) The Application Essay
Please upload a PDF of your application essay to this link. Make sure your last name is in the filename (ex. “Blevins_Essay.pdf.”). Your essay should be no more than 4500 characters or roughly 800 words. Application essays should explain how this specific program will benefit you, the participant, professionally. You should, therefore, address the following:
- Your qualifications, unique perspective, skills, background, and experiences that equip you to do the work of the institute and will make you a valuable contributor to the program.
- Your intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the institute.
- How participation will enhance your teaching. Please be specific in describing ways that you envision the program augmenting your existing curriculum or curriculum that you are developing.
We are looking for how your interests, teaching, and experiences are related to the institute and its connection to your professional responsibilities.
3) A CV or Resume
Please upload a .PDF of your curriculum vitae or resume (not to exceed five pages) to this link. Make sure your last name is in the filename (ex. “Blevins_CV.pdf.”).
Applicant Eligibility and Requirements
We aim to build a diverse cohort of scholars, university, and college teachers interested in exploring the possibilities and productive tensions at the intersection of geography and the humanities. The Institute is designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students. Advanced graduate students, and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations are also eligible to participate. All applicants must demonstrate that their participation will advance the teaching and scholarly goals of the program.
- Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.
- An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify as an NEH Summer Scholar.
- Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the prospective applicant’s institution, or is someone with whom the prospective applicant has previously studied.
- Applicants must attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work of the project. During the project, participants may not undertake teaching assignments or professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.
- Applicants must submit an evaluation at the end of the project’s residential period.
- In any given year, an individual may apply to a maximum of two Seminars or Institutes, but may attend only one.
Equal Opportunity Statement: Endowment programs do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202/606‑8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).
Selection Process and Criteria
A selection committee, comprised of the project directors and one additional reader, will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of Summer Scholars and to identify alternates. Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- the applicant’s effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
- the applicant’s intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the seminar or institute;
- the applicant’s special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program;
- evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on the applicant’s teaching;
- At least five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track faculty members.
- Primary consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute.
- When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference is given to those who would enhance the diversity of the program.
- Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 27th, 2020.
- Successful applicants will have until Friday, April 3rd to accept or decline the offer.
- 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