American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Application Information and Instructions

Before preparing your application, please carefully review the NEH’s Participant Eligibility Criteria document. All applications for The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath Summer Institute must be submitted to the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning (ASHP/CML), not to the NEH.

We will accept applications either through e-mail, postal mail, or via our online application process. The application deadline is March 1, 2020; if the application is submitted by postal mail, March 1 is the postmarked deadline.

How to Apply

All application materials submitted via mail or e-mail must be sent to the following address no later than March 1, 2020:

Donna Thompson Ray
American Social History Project
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7388
New York, NY 10016
(label the e-mail subject heading: “NEH Summer Institute Application”)

The deadline for online applications is March 1.

Application materials sent to the National Endowment for the Humanities will not be reviewed.

Checklist of Application Materials

Whatever submission method you choose, a complete application consists of the following collated items:

  • the completed 2020 NEH Summer Institute: The Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath Application form;
  • a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography; and
  • an application essay as outlined below.

In addition, it must include two professional references as described below.

The Application

The application is available online at this address:

Please fill it out online as directed by the prompts. When you are finished, be sure to click on the “submit” button. Print out the application and add it to your application package if you are submitting via postal mail. If you are submitting your application by email or via the online submission system, please save the final version as either a Word or .PDF document and submit with your other materials. 

A full application consists of all of the items listed above.

Résumé and References

Please include a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography (not to exceed five pages). Be sure the résumé includes the name, title, phone number, and email address of two professional references. The references should be familiar with the applicant’s professional accomplishments or promise, teaching and/or research interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in the institute.

The Application Essay

The most important part of the application is the essay. This essay should include your reasons for applying to the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath Summer Institute; your relevant personal and academic information; your qualifications to do the work of the Institute and make a contribution to it; what you hope to accomplish; and the relation of the study to your research and/or teaching.

The application essay should be no more than four double-spaced pages.

Applicants to institutes may need to elaborate on the relationship between institute activities and their research goals and/or their responsibilities for teaching and curricular development.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 27, 2020, and they will have until Friday, April 3 to accept or decline the offer. Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute, or Landmarks Workshop), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

For further information, contact:

Donna Thompson Ray, Institute Director
American Social History Project
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 7388
New York, NY 10016
Civil War Summer Institutes