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December 12, 2005



National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.A.)

Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers, Summer 2006

Application Deadline: March 1, 2006


Each summer the National Endowment for the Humanities supports a variety of study opportunities in the humanities for faculty who teach American undergraduates. Seminars and institutes are national, residential, and rigorous. Designed to strengthen the quality of humanities teaching and scholarship, they are led by some of the nation's outstanding scholars and take place at major colleges and universities and archival facilities across the United States and abroad.


Topics considered among the 21 seminars and institutes offered in the summer of 2006 include contemporary Brazilian literature; American maritime history; Appalachian history and culture; human rights; the African-American struggle for civil rights; Jewish Studies; Anglo-Saxon saints; ancient Rome; Cuban American culture; Maya worlds; the Silk Road; and programs on site focusing on Venice, Rome, Paris, and Vienna.


For a complete list of both seminars and institutes, go to the NEH website, or contact us by phone (202-606-8463) or e-mail (


The listings contain seminar and institute titles and the means to contact each director. In response to a request for information, seminar and institute directors will send a letter describing the content, logistics, expectations, and conditions of that project. Each letter will be accompanied by application instructions as well as information about the program's costs. In some cases, directors have websites for their projects and information may be downloaded from the websites.


Participants receive from the National Endowment for the Humanities a stipend based on the length of the seminar or institute. Stipends are $1,800 for two weeks, $2,400 for three weeks, $3,000 for four weeks, $3,600 for five weeks, and $4,200 for six weeks and are intended to help cover travel costs and living expenses, as well as books and miscellaneous expenses.


Requests for information and completed applications should NOT be directed to the National Endowment for the Humanities; they should be addressed to the individual projects as found in the listings. Prospective applicants can request information from as many seminar and institute directors as they wish but may apply to only two NEH summer offerings. The application postmark deadline is March 1.