NEH Summer Institute for Teachers Application Instructions


In order to apply for Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Music you first need to read two documents:

1. The NEH’s Application Information and Instructions which explains NEH’s regulations about eligibility


2. The Letter to Potential Applicants, which goes into detail about what will happen during the Institute as well as explaining the essay portion of your application.

Once you have read these items, you need to fill out the electronic NEH coversheet. Don't forget to print it out once you have completed filling it out. The application cover sheet must be completed in one sitting, so be sure not to begin if you do not believe you can finish the form at this time. If you are inactive for over two hours, your work will no longer be available for editing. NEH estimates that it will take you 15 minutes to complete the cover sheet.

A complete application consists of three copies of the following collated items:

  • the completed application cover sheet,
  • a résumé or brief biography, and
  • an application essay as outlined below.

In addition, it must include two letters of recommendation as described below.

The Application Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address:

Please fill it out online as directed by the prompts.  When you are finished, be sure to click 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

The application essay should be no more than four double-spaced pages.  It should address reasons for applying; the applicant's interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip the applicant to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to the applicant's professional responsibilities. 

Reference Letters

The two referees may be from inside or outside the applicant’s home institution.  They should be familiar with the applicant's professional accomplishments or promise, teaching and/or research interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in the seminar or institute.  Referees should be provided with the director's description of the seminar or institute and the applicant's essay.  Applicants who are current graduate students should secure a letter from a professor or advisor.  Please ask your referees to sign across the seal on the back of the envelope containing the letter.  Enclose the letters with your application. 

Submission of Application and Notification Procedure

Completed applications for Voices Across Time should be submitted to:

Mariana Whitmer

Center for American Music

106A Stephen Foster Memorial

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA 15260

and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2011.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, April 1, 2011, and they will have until Tuesday, April 5 to accept or decline the offer. 

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

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).

If you are concerned about the safe arrival of your materials, feel free to contact Kathy Haines to check on their status.

NEH Summer Institute for Teachers:

2011 Application

     Letter to Applicants

     NEH Guidelines

2011 Agenda

Frequently Asked Questions:





2011 Press Release

Contact Us

Workshops for your school or district:

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