How to Apply & Selection Info

Thank you to all those who applied for our summer PD program. The application period is now closed. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance, waitlist, or non-acceptance status by email on or before April 3, 2023. Be sure to check spam. Upon offer, Applicants must confirm or deny offers by April 14, 2023. We will extend offers to any waitlist applicants on an as-needed basis on April 15, 2023. 


Application Information and Instructions

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops 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 and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.

Prior to completing an application to a specific workshop, please review the project website and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.

NEH Landmarks workshops involve teachers collaborating with core faculty and visiting scholars to study the best available scholarship on a specific landmark or cluster of landmarks. Workshops, offered twice in one summer, accommodate 36 teachers in each one-week session. Participants benefit by gaining a sense of the importance of historical and cultural places, by making connections between the workshop content and what they teach, and by developing individual teaching and/or research materials.

Please Note: An individual may apply to up to two NEH summer projects (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer Institutes), but may participate in only one.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee (consisting of the project director, one of the project scholars, and a veteran K-12 teacher) will read and evaluate all properly completed applications.

At least three workshop spaces will be reserved for teachers teaching for five years or less. While recent participants are eligible to apply, selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity and dissemination of the workshop.

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. 


Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure

Applications are due by March 3, 2023, at 11:59 pm PT. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance by April 3, 2023, waitlist, or non-acceptance status by this date by email. Be sure to check spam. From April 3-14, applicants confirm or deny offers. On April 15 we will contact waitlist applicants (as needed). 

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH-sponsored workshop or institute.

Landmarks programs 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 homeschooling educators. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel— such as, but not limited to, administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum supervisors—are also eligible to participate. At least three spaces per workshop session or six spaces total for the entire program must be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (five or fewer years of teaching experience). 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 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 a Landmarks workshop whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an instructor or academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Institute or Landmarks program attended by the applicant.

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 Landmarks workshop if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency. 

Applications may only be submitted electronically using the Application Form. Once you submit the form, you will receive a confirmation upon receipt of your application.