How to Apply
Please read thoroughly the following information from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which includes criteria for eligibility and selection of applicants.
Your completed application should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012, and should be addressed to Kathleen Barker, Assistant Director of Education, Massachusetts Historical Society, at 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.
Perhaps the most important part of the completed application is an essay of one page. This essay should include information about your professional background and interest in the subject of the workshop; your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service. You must include a letter of recommendation from your principal or department head, or the head of your home schooling association.
For those of you seeking academic credit, arrangements are being made with Framingham State University so that you may register for three course credits at $75/credit. We can provide you with details of the work expected for this additional benefit.
Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops are offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide K-12 educators with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics and issues in American history and culture, while providing them with direct experiences in the interpretation of significant historical and cultural sites and the use of archival and other primary evidence.
Prior to completing an application, please review the letter/prospectus from the project directors and consider carefully what is expected in terms of residence and attendance, reading and writing requirements, and general participation in the work of the project.
Landmarks workshops will allow 40 teachers at a time to collaborate with core faculty and visiting scholars. The workshops are designed to present the best available scholarship on a specific landmark or related cluster of landmarks, while enabling participants to gain a sense of the importance of historical and cultural places, to make connections between the workshop content and what they teach, and to develop individual teaching and/or research materials.
All application materials must be sent to the project directors at the address listed on the program announcement or in the "Dear Colleague Letter." Application materials sent to the Endowment will not be reviewed. Please indicate on the application cover sheet your first and second choices of workshop dates.
A completed application consists of three copies of the following collated items:
- the completed application cover sheet
- a résumé or short biography
- an application essay (no longer than one double-spaced page) as outlined below.
In addition, it must include one letter of recommendation as described below.
Application Cover Sheet
The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address: http://www.neh.gov/online/education/participants/
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 cover sheet and add it to your application package. At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project. If you do, follow the prompts and select another project and then print out the cover sheet for that project as well. 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 the items listed above, as sent to the project director.
Please include a résumé or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience.
The application essay should be no more than one page. The essay should address your professional background; interest in the subject of the workshop; special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop; and how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.
Applicants should provide a letter of recommendation from their school principal, department head, district administrator, or home-schooling association president as appropriate. It is helpful for referees to read the director's description of the project and your application essay. Please ask your referee to sign his/her name across the seal on the back of the envelope containing the letter, and enclose the letter with your application.
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS AND NOTIFICATION PROCEDURE
Your completed application should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012, and should be addressed to Kathleen Barker, Education Coordinator, Massachusetts Historical Society, at 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215. Do NOT send your application to the NEH!
Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on April 2, 2012, and they will have until April 6, 2012, to accept or decline the offer. Applicants who will not be home during the notification period should provide an address and phone number where they can be reached. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification period.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/606‑8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).