NEH Institute





Deadline: March 1, 2016
Notification: March 31, 2016
Applications Now Closed


As an NEH Summer Institute, A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts is designed principally for full-time and part-time classroom teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. This institute is recommended for educators in world history and global studies, English language arts, and visual arts and music. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom professionals, are also eligible to participate. Please note that up to three institute spaces are available for current full-time graduate students who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and they will have until Thursday, April 7, 2016 to accept or decline the offer.

Please review the eligibility criteria for participation in Summer Seminars and Institutes here.


Teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars will receive $2,100. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, accommodations, and ordinary living expenses. Please be advised that your stipend will not be enough to cover all of the costs associated with the institute. Summer airfares are high, and New York is an expensive city. We expect participants to spend $1,000 – $1,500 above the stipend, even more for lavish spenders. A portion of the stipend may be used for a deposit on accommodations. Payment will be by two checks, one at the beginning of the institute and one at the end. Stipends are taxable.

Application Guidelines & Submission

Applications to the summer institute are accepted online or by mail. To apply online, please click here.

To apply by mail, please send your completed print application to City Lore (do not send it to NEH):

City Lore
ATTN: NEH Institute
56 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10003

Please include 3 copies of the following documents:

Personal Essay

The most important part of the application is the essay of no more than two double-spaced pages, or 600 words. This essay should include your reasons for applying; your relevant personal and academic information; your qualifications to do the work of the project and make a contribution to it; what you hope to accomplish; and how it relates to the subjects you teach.

Preliminary Project Ideas

Briefly, in about 200 words or less, describe some possible project ideas and formats (i.e., a lesson plan, unit plan, wiki, PowerPoint presentation, etc.) for your final project. Projects will be due two weeks after the institute ends, so they will need to be manageable within this time frame. Your project idea may change over the course of the institute, but we would like to hear your preliminary ideas so we can think about what resources you may need.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email:

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