Application Instructions

Before you attempt to complete an application, please obtain and read carefully the website homepage from the director(s) of the project(s) to which you intend to apply. This document contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.

Download Application Instructions PDF


A complete application consists of (collated)

  • three copies of the completed application cover sheet,
  • three copies of a detailed resume, and
  • three copies of an application essay,
  • one letter of recommendation (for Landmarks workshops).

Application Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online:  Application Cover Sheet

Please follow the prompts; be sure to indicate your first and second choices of workshop dates. Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet.  At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet  for another project.  If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process. Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is not penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for several projects.  A full application consist of all of the items listed above, as sent to the project directors.  Please note that if you are applying to two projects, a separate cover sheet must be submitted online for each one.


Please include a resume or brief biography detailing your education qualifications and professional experience.

Application Essay

The application essay should be no more that one double-spaced page. The essay should address your professional background; interest in the subject of the workshop; special perspectives, skills or experience that would contribute to the workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.

Reference Letter

Each applicant should provide a letter of recommendation from his or her school principal, department head, district administrator or home-schooling association president as appropriate. It is helpful for referees to read the director’s description of the project and your application essay.


Completed applications should be submitted to the project directors, not the NEH, and dated no later than March 4, 2013. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Gullah Voices
Music Department
1295 Storrs Road Unit 1012
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-1012

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on April 1, 2013, and they will have until April 5, 2013 to accept or decline the offer.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.


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. TDD: 202/606-8282 (for the hearing impaired only).