How to Apply

Please read the following information on the program, expectations, and eligibility. The link to apply via Slideroom is at the bottom of the page.

Program Purpose

Making Modernism is an NEH summer institute for 25 higher education faculty and advanced graduate students that will meet five days per week from July 18-August 5, 2022 at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

It is one among a small number of NEH-funded institutes, which are professional development programs that convene K-12 educators or higher education faculty from across the nation in order to deepen and enrich their understanding of a variety of topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.

Each institute allows 25 to 36 participants to study a humanities topic with a team of experienced scholars. Because this larger format emphasizes the range of perspectives that can be brought to a topic, an institute typically has more and longer meetings per week than a seminar. Project leaders and participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is provided for work on individual or collaborative projects.

Participant Stipends

Each participant will receive a $2,850 stipend. This stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are determined according to the format and duration of the summer program, and are taxable as income. Half will be paid on arrival at the Newberry on July 18, and half at the end of the second week on July 29.

Participant Expectations

Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend. Additionally, participants are required to submit a project evaluation.

Participant Eligibility Criteria

Institutes are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time 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 five spaces will be reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Three spaces will 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 an institute.

Individuals may not apply to participate in an institute whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution (Northwestern University), who has served as an academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Seminar, Institute or Landmarks workshop 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 an institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.

Application Deadline

Monday, March 1, 2022

Selection Committee

Participants are selected by a committee, which will consist of three or more members, including the project directors. They will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates.

Applicant Decision Notifications

Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 25, 2022 of the status of their application. Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Participant Acceptance Deadline

April 8, 2022 is the deadline for acceptance of your offer to participate in the Making Modernism Summer Institute.

COVID Disclaimer

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Equal Opportunity Statement

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT: Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).

Click here to apply for Making Modernism 2022.