Before you attempt to complete an application, please study this project website, which contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.
This institute is designed for adjunct faculty, full and part-time faculty, and tenured and tenure-track faculty at any institution of higher education (2-year or 4 year college, community college, or university) with a teaching or research interest in the American West broadly conceived.
Priority will be given to adjunct and non-tenured or early career faculty, though all ranks are eligible and encouraged to apply. At least five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members.
Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the institute.
Per NEH rules, we can have at most three graduate students as full time participants. Graduate students for whom one of the project co-directors is the primary dissertation advisor are not eligible to apply.
For the full list of eligibility criteria see the NEH’s eligibility form.
Please note that individual applicants are allowed to apply to no more than TWO projects (seminars, institutes, and/or Landmarks workshops); however, you may participate in only ONE per summer.
Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.
A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications. Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the workshop experience.
While recent seminar, institute, or workshop participants are eligible to apply, selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported seminar, institute, or workshop within the last three years. Additionally, preference is given to applicants who would significantly contribute to the diversity of the workshop. Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.
The application deadline for participants is midnight eastern time on March 1, 2018. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be notified via email of their selection on March 31st, and they will have until April 7th to accept or decline the offer. Applicants who will not have access to email during the notification period should provide a phone number where they can be reached. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification period.
A complete application consists of three documents: 1) an NEH cover sheet, 2) a letter of application, and 3) a resume or CV (see below for specific requirements of each). Since the application process for Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West is completely electronic, there are some specific steps that you must follow in order for your application to be considered:
1. All application materials must be .pdf or Microsoft Word documents. No other file types will be accepted.
2. All application materials must be included as attachments in an email to the program director, Dr. Anthony Arrigo.
3. Your file name format should be as follows: “lastname_firstname_cover”, “lastname_firstname_letter”, “lastname_firstname_resume”.
3. Upon receipt of your materials, you will get an email returned that states “Thank you for applying to the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop, Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West.”
A complete application requires three separate steps:
1) First, complete the NEH application cover sheet. You can fill out the cover sheet here: NEH’s Summer Programs Participant Application Cover Sheet. The NEH application cover sheet must be completed in one sitting. If you are inactive for over two hours, your work will no longer be available for editing. We estimate that it will take you 15 minutes to complete a cover sheet. Incomplete or inaccurate applications may be deemed ineligible.
Since the application for this program is completely electronic, upon completion of the cover sheet you must obtain a .pdf of the cover sheet to include with your materials. You can print and scan, save the completed web page as a .pdf, or any other means of getting an electronic copy of the sheet.
2) Second, you should write an application letter that is no longer than one single-spaced page. In your letter, please describe the following:
a) Your current teaching position, your educational background, area of expertise, and the subject area(s) you are teaching (one or two sentences).
b) Your background, special perspectives, skills, or experiences that you would bring to the institute (one paragraph).
c) Your interest in the Hoover Dam institute and how the experience might enhance your teaching and/or research (one paragraph).
3) Third, include in your materials a complete resume or curriculum vitae. Make sure that your contact information (name, address, phone, email) are included on this document. Please note that you do not need to include letters of recommendation.
For a detailed list of application instructions, please see the document, NEH Application Information and Instructions.
Filing Your Application
File your application by sending the three required documents (NEH cover sheet, application essay, and resume or curriculum vitae) as .pdf or Word document attachments in an email to Dr. Anthony Arrigo: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include as the subject line in your email: “Application for NEH Hoover Dam Institute.” Applications received after midnight on March 1, 2018 will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of their status on March 31, 2018.
Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for several projects. A full application consists of all of the items listed above, as sent to the project director. Please send your completed application to the project director; do not send it to NEH.
If you are applying to more than one workshop/institute/program, you must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application. Do not copy and paste a cover sheet.
Electronic Filing Summary
Your complete application will be as follows:
1. Email to Dr. Arrigo (not NEH) before midnight on March 1, 2018
2. Email subject line: “Application for NEH Hoover Dam Institute”
3. Attachment #1, NEH Cover Sheet: “lastname_firstname_cover.pdf”
4. Attachment #2, Application Letter: “lastname_firstname_letter.docx/pdf”
5. Attachment #3, Resume or CV: “lastname_firstname_resume.docx/pdf”
6. Upon receipt of your materials, you will get an email returned that states “Thank you for applying to the NEH Institute, Hoover Dam and the Shaping of the American West.” This is the notification that your application has been received. You will not hear anything further until March 31st.
7. On March 31st all applicants will be notified of their status as selected, waitlisted, or not selected.
8. If you are selected, you will have until April 7th to accept or decline the offer.
Educators selected to participate will receive a stipend of $2,100 at the end of the residential workshop session. Stipends are intended to help defray travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses for the week. Please note that stipends are taxable income.
If you have been accepted to the institute, you will be asked to complete the following documents:
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website or at this institute do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.