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Participant Eligibility Criteria

Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty

Seminars and Institutes are designed for a national audience of full or parttime faculty who teach
undergraduate students. Project directors may admit a limited number of others whose work lies
outside undergraduate teaching but who demonstrate that their participation will advance project
goals and enhance their own professional work.

At least three seminar spaces spaces must be reserved for nontenured/nontenuretrack faculty members. Two seminar spaces spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students.

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.

A participant need not have an advanced degree in order to take part in a seminar or institute.
Individuals may not apply to participate in a seminar or institute whose director is a family member,
who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an academic advisor to the applicant, or
who has led a previous NEHfunded Seminar, Institute or Landmarks program attended by the
applicant. In any given year an individual may apply to a maximum of two projects but may attend
only one.

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 seminar or institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any
federal department or agency.

University at Buffalo requires proof of COVID vaccination prior to attendance. 

To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the
individual seminar or institute’s website.


Purpose of the program

What is provided for and required of participants

  • $1300 one-week stipend.
  • The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses.
  • Participants must attend all meetings and engage fully as professionals in the work of the project.  Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.
  • Participants must submit an evaluation at the end of the project’s residential period.

Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.