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Applications are due March 1, 2022, by 11:59pm Eastern time


We will accept a total of 25 participants for the Institute. We hope to receive applications from people in a diverse range of fields, including history, literature, American Studies, African American Studies, political philosophy, art history, communications, and beyond. We particularly welcome applicants with an interdisciplinary approach to research and who are intellectually curious. There is no requirement for applicants to have had previous experience with either book history or the history of the American Revolution. 

Please read the NEH Eligibility Criteria carefully:  Criteria

Who can apply?

Teachers of undergraduates: Teachers of undergraduate students, including adjuncts and part-time lecturers from any institution may apply. At least five spaces are reserved for non-tenured or non-tenure-track faculty members.

Independent scholars: Independent scholars may be eligible if they can demonstrate that they will advance the goals of the Institute and use the skills of the Institute to advance their work. 

Graduate Students: Three spots may be available for advanced graduate students. 


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.

Individuals may not apply to participate in an 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 workshop 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 an institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency. See F2 Administrative and National Policy Requirements.

Selection Committee

Participants are selected by a committee of three members, including the project directors. They will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates.


This application is a google form. As part of the application, we ask that you answer the following questions, each in a short paragraph:

  1.  Tell us about yourself. What is your area of research? What do you teach? Why does this institute interest you?
  2. What skills or insights will you bring to the Institute? What is your background in book history and/or the history of the American Revolution? (Please note that prior experience with book history and/or the history of the American Revolution are not required for participation.)
  3. What do you hope to take away from this Institute? How do you envision using what you have learned during this summer session? How will this contribute to your teaching and/or research?
  4. This Institute relies on open discussion with others in a collaborative and collegial environment. Please tell us about your preparation and willingness to explore this material with your fellow participants.

We also ask that you upload a 2-3 page CV as a PDF. Please name the file with your last name like this: Finucane_CV.pdf. 

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Decision Notifications

All applicants will be notified of their status on Friday, March 25, 2022. 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 in order to accept a different offer.     

Participant Acceptance Deadline

The deadline for accepted participants to accept or decline their offer is April 8, 2022. 

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).