How to Apply


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 home schooling 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 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 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 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.

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. 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 to accept a different offer.


NEH Seminars, Institutes, and Landmarks programs are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching. NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse. Seminar, Institute, and Landmarks presentations and discussions should be: 

1. firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis 

2. conducted without partisan advocacy 

3. respectful of divergent views

4. free of ad hominem commentary; and 

5. devoid of ethnic, religious, gender, disability, or racial bias

Living on the Edge of Empire


Applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

They can be scanned and emailed as PDFs, or snail mailed to Lynne Manring:

Lynne Manring

Project Director

Living on the Edge of Empire Landmarks Workshop

Deerfield Teachers’ Center, PVMA

PO Box 428, 10 Memorial St.

Deerfield, MA  01342-0428

Items to include:

  • Application
  • Résumé and Reference- A résumé or brief biography should detail your educational qualifications and professional experience. Be sure to include the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of one professional reference.
  • Application Essay- The application essay should be no more than two doublespaced pages. Please describe: 
  • your professional background 
  • how the experience would benefit your students and enhance your teaching or school service
  • your interest in the topic
  • any special perspectives, skills, or experiences that you would contribute 

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 25, 2022, and they will have until Friday, April 8, 2022, to accept or decline the offer.

Click here to access the application for Living on the Edge of Empire.