Application Information and Instructions

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to 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 sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.

Landmarks workshops will allow 40 teachers at a time to collaborate with core faculty and visiting scholars. The workshops are designed to present the best available scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, while enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical places, to make connections between the workshop content and what they teach, and to develop individual teaching and/or research materials.

An individual may apply to up to three NEH summer projects in any one year (Landmarks workshops, seminars, or institutes), but may participate in only one.

Applicants accepted into more than one project will have to decide which one they prefer and notify the project directors.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee (consisting of the project director, one of the project scholars, and a veteran teacher) 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:

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

Applicant Eligibility

Per NEH guidelines, full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, private, parochial and charter schools, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to participate. Other K-12 personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers and classroom professionals, also are eligible to participate, subject to available space.

Applications are welcome from all grade levels and disciplines, preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the desire and means to integrate the themes of the course into their teaching.

How to Apply

The eligibility requirements and application instructions are explained at the NEH web site:

Be sure to use the online cover sheet as part of a complete application. The completed application must be mailed in hard copy to the project director. A completed application consists of three copies of the following collated items:

  1. Application cover sheet. The application cover sheet must be filled out on-line at this address: Please fill it out on-line as directed by the prompts. When you are finished, be sure to click on the “submit” button. Print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package. At that point you will be asked if you want to apply to another workshop. If you do, follow the prompts and select another workshop and then print out the cover sheet for that workshop.

    Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for several projects.
  2. A one-page double-spaced essay. This essay is perhaps the most important part of your application. The essay should include information about your professional background and interest in the subject of the Workshop; your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the Workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.
  3. A resume detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience.
  4. A letter of recommendation from the principal, department head, district administrator, or home-schooling association president as appropriate. The letter should indicate the recommender's familiarity with your work and demonstrate support of your attendance at this workshop. It is helpful for referees to read the director's description of the project and your application essay. The letter should be enclosed in an envelope and signed across the seal by the recommender (keep in mind that they will need to do this three times.)

Your completed application, submitted in triplicate to the project director, not the NEH, should be postmarked no later than March 2, 2010, and should be addressed as follows:

Shifting Power on the Plains Workshop
Nebraska Wesleyan University
5000 St. Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
ATTN: Dr. Kevin Bower, Historical Studies

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection by April 1, 2010, and they will have until April 5, 2010 to accept or decline the offer. Applicants who will not be home during the notification period should provide an address and phone number where they can be reached. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification

Equal Opportunity Statement
Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to:

NEH Equal Opportunity Officer
1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20506