Please see the NEH Eligibility Criteria for eligibility guidelines for NEH seminars and institutes for college and university faculty. Independent scholars, scholars engaged in museum work, or full-time graduate students are urged to apply. While scholars and teachers specializing in U.S. history, American studies, and art history might find the Institute especially attractive, we encourage applicants from any field who are interested in the Civil War and its visual culture, regardless of your disciplinary interests. You need not have extensive prior knowledge of the Civil War or visual culture or have previously incorporated their study in any of your courses or research. However, your application essay should identify concrete ways in which two weeks of concentration on the topics will enhance your teaching and/or research. In addition, please describe a research or teaching project you will develop during the institute. The ideal institute participant will bring to the group a fresh understanding of the relevance of the topic to their teaching and research.
Recent participants are eligible to apply, but selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop in the last three years (2014, 2015, 2016). When choices must be made among equally qualified candidates, several additional factors are considered.
Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet and provide all the information requested on the individual seminar or institute website to be considered eligible.