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Eligibility & Expectations

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This Teacher Professional Development experience is open to K-12 educators, as well as 5 pre-service teachers from across the nation.  The week-long summer institute will take place June 19-23, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for a total of 35 hours.

During the institute, teachers will explore a variety of Humanities topics to deepen their knowledge of diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives through Artworks in the TMA collection.

Applications Open:
December 1, 2022 through March 3, 2023 at 11:59pm

Participating teachers will be given a stipend of $1,300. (taxable as income)


This Stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses.  Stipends are determined according to the format and duration of the summer program and are taxable as income.  The Stipend will be paid on the last day of the institute.

Teachers will receive a certificate for 35 CEU’s (Continuing Education Units) at the completion of the institute.  CEU’s signify successful completion of non-credit programs intended to improve the knowledge and skills of working adults.


Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program.  If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend. 

At the end of the institute, all participating teachers will be required to submit a project evaluation.


Participants will be selected by a committee, which consist of three or more members, including the project directors and K-12 classroom scholar. The completed applications will be evaluated, and participants will be selected for the summer institute. This group will also identify alternate participants.

All applicants will be notified of their status (accepted, waitlisted, not accepted) by April 3, 2023.

Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw to accept a different offer.  Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer(s) by April 14, 2023.

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Seminars and Institutes for K-12 Educators Seminars and Institutes are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home schooling educators. Project directors may admit a limited number of educators who work outside the K-12 classroom and who can demonstrate that their participation will advance project goals and enhance their professional work. At least three seminar spaces and at least five institute spaces must be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or fewer). Participants 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. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate. A participant need not have an advanced degree in order to take part in a seminar or institute. Individuals may not apply to participate in a seminar or institute whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Seminar, Institute or Landmarks program attended by the applicant. In any given year an individual may apply to a maximum of two projects but may attend only one. Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in a seminar or institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency. To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual seminar or institute’s website.

COVID Disclaimer:

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of 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).