OI-NEH Hidden Histories of the Founding Era Application

Democracy demands wisdom.

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19,
 plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Note: If accepted, all participants are expected to follow the Principles of Civility for NEH Professional Development Programs.

Applications were due by 11:59 p.m. PACIFIC STANDARD TIME (or 8:59 p.m. Eastern)

on MARCH 3, 2023. The application period is now closed.

Application Elements

Applicants should submit:

  • A Statement of Intent (200 words maximum) that outlines what you hope to accomplish by participating in the Hidden Histories of the Founding Era workshop
  • A c.v.
  • Two letters of recommendation (to be sent to the OI—oieahc@wm.edu—directly by the recommenders)


Applications to the workshop are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (8:59 p.m. Eastern) on March 3, 2023.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than April 3, 2023. Successful applicants will have until April 14, 2023, to notify the OI of their decision.

Expectations of Participants

  • Workshop participants are required to submit a project evaluation upon completion of the workshop.
  • Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.
  • 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 Eligibility per NEH

Seminars and Institutes 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 home schooling
educators. Project directors may admit a limited number of educators who work outside the K-12
classroom and who can demonstrate that their participation will advance project goals and enhance
their professional work.

  • At least five institute spaces must be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or fewer).
  • 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.
  • A participant need not have an advanced degree in order to take part in the institute.
  • Individuals may not apply to participate in a seminar or 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 program 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 a seminar or institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.
  • To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual seminar or institute’s website.

EEO 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).


Please direct questions to Martha Howard at martha.howard@wm.edu.