NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Faculty

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Each summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports residential seminars and institutes for faculty who teach American undergraduates.

These study opportunities allow faculty and a select number of graduate students to increase their knowledge of current scholarship and advance their own teaching and research.

Participants in these two- to five-week programs receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses.

The seminars and institutes for summer 2016 will address the following topics:

• Alexis de Tocqueville and American Democracy
• American Maritime History
• Beowulf and Old Norse-Icelandic Literature
• Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
• The Commonplace Book and Its American Descendants
• Confucian Asia
• Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience
• The History of Political Economy
• The Land Ethic, Sustainability, and the Humanities
• Mapping, Text, and Travel
• Modern Mongolia
• Moral Psychology and Education
• Native American Histories and the Land
• The Ottoman Empire, Europe, and the Mediterranean World, 1500-1800
• Presuppositions and Perception
• Problems in the Study of Religion
• Religion, Secularism, and the English Novel, 1719-1897
• Teaching the Reformation
• Tokyo: High City and Low City
• Urban Arts in Africa and the African Diaspora
• Veterans in American Society
• The Visual Culture of the Civil War and Reconstruction
• Westward Expansion and the Constitution

For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2016, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors, please visit The application deadline is March 1, 2016.


The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for grants to direct a summer program for college faculty or schoolteachers on a humanities topic of your expertise.

For examples, see this year’s list of NEH summer programs:

Why direct an NEH summer program?

• Directors influence their fields of expertise through intense collegial study.
• Directors strengthen teaching and research at the undergraduate and K-12 levels.
• Directors join a distinguished roster of NEH summer program leaders and bring distinction to their home institutions.
• Directors choose participants from across the country.
• Directors receive compensation (starting at $12,500) based on the duration of the program.

Interested in applying? Consult the application guidelines:

• NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes:

• NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops:

The deadline to propose a program for Summer 2017 is February 25, 2016.

We strongly encourage you to discuss your proposal with NEH staff, who will answer questions and critique drafts. Call (202) 606-8500 or send e-mail to or