NEH Summer Institute for Teachers Application Instructions

In order to apply for "Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Music" you should acquaint yourself with the following:

1. NEH's Eligibility Criteria.

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


3. 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.


To begin your application, you need to fill out the electronic NEH coversheet. Please fill it out online as directed by the prompts.  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. When you are finished, be sure to click the “submit” button.  Don't forget to print it out once you have completed filling it out and adding it to your application package.

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.      

A complete application consists of 1 copy of the following items:


  • A print out of the completed application cover sheet,
  • a résumé or brief biography, that details your educational qualifications and professional experience, and
  • an application essay as outlined below.

The Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than 1,000 words.  It should address your reasons for applying; yours interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to your professional responsibilities. 


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 2, 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Monday, March 30, 2015, and they will have until Friday, April 3 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:

2015 Application

2015 Agenda (PDF)

2015 Institute Staff & Lecturers

Frequently Asked Questions:





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