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Applicant's FAQ

We recommend beginning with the Dear Colleague letter, which provides an overview of the entire institute.

Q: How many copies of my application should I mail?
A: Please mail three copies of all materials.

Q: Where do I send the three copies of my application?
A: Applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2018 and mailed to:
William Gilly and Susan Shillinglaw
Hopkins Marine Station
120 Ocean View Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA 93950-3094

Q: I found out about your program after the deadline.  Can I still apply?
A: If there are extraordinary circumstances, we may consider late applications.

Q: If I'm not a classroom teacher; can I still apply? OR: I teach abroad. Can I still apply?
A: According to the NEH website: full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, charter, independent, or religiously affiliated, as well as home-schooling parents, are eligible to apply to NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens. Librarians and school administrators are also eligible.
As a teacher, librarian, or administrator, it is helpful to state how you will be able to share the knowledge of the institute with the students of your school.

Q: How many institutes can I apply to?
A: You may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks workshops) and you may attend only one. 

Q: Can more than one person from my school apply?
A: Yes. 

Q: I attended an NEH Summer Institute two years ago – am I eligible to apply again this year?
A: Yes, but NEH policy now states that first consideration will be given to applicants who have never previously attended an NEH Seminar or Institute.

Q: I'm a graduate student who wants to pursue a career in K-12 teaching.  Can I apply?
A: Graduate students are eligible for Summer Institutes for School Teachers only if they are teaching part-time, substitute teaching or working as a librarian or school administrator.

Q: I teach in a small school in a small town in Puerto Rico. Can I apply?
A: Absolutely! We strive to fill this Institute with a group of Summer Scholars that is as diverse as possible and consider applicants as motivated individuals, not representatives of a given school district. Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals are eligible to apply.

Q: How will I be notified if I am accepted?
A: All applicants, whether accepted, waitlisted, or rejected, will be informed by email on a date set by the NEH (Wednesday, March 28, 2018).  We will also call all accepted applicants. If your email address or phone number has changed since you applied, please let us know so we can update our records.   

Q: Can I get continuing education credits for attending the Institute?
A: Yes. San Jose State University does offer continuing education credits that can be earned by institute participants. More information about signing up for this program will be given upon acceptance to the institute. 

Q: If I'm accepted, can my family/spouse come along?
A: NEH policy is to neither encourage nor discourage this. Summer Institutes encourage interaction among a group of NEH Scholars. While your family or spouse may come to Monterey while you are participating in the institute, the NEH does not allow non-participants to attend sessions or go on excursions.

Q: I still have a question that wasn't answered here. Whom do I contact?
A: Susan Shillinglaw (
William Gilly (
Brett Navin (