Philosophical Perspectives on Care

NEH Summer Institute for Higher Education Faculty, July 10th–29th, 2022


Interested? We encourage you to start the application now! You can finish it later.

Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

Applications due. Late applications will not be considered.


Friday, March 25th, 2022

All applicants are notified of their acceptance status by this date.

Application Acceptance

Friday, April 8th, 2022

Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer(s).

Purpose of the Program

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes allow higher education faculty an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon undergraduate education. Project leaders and participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is provided for work on individual or collaborative projects.

What is provided for and required of participants? (Stipend, Tenure, Conditions of the Award)

Participants, or Summer Scholars, are offered a stipend of $2850 for participation in the project. 

The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable as income.

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.

Participants are required to submit a project evaluation within a month of completion.

Participant Eligibility Criteria

Summer seminars and institutes are designed primarily for full-or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate 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. 

An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify as a Summer Scholar. Individuals may not apply to participate in a Summer 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 NEH summer program attended by the applicant. 

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 Summer Seminar or Institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply—we have 3 spaces reserved for graduate students. We also have spaces reserved for untenured and non-tenure track faculty.

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


A selection committee, comprised of the project co-directors and two colleagues, will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of Summer Scholars and to identify alternates.

We will consider such factors as:

  • The applicant’s effectiveness and commitment as a teacher/educator;
  • The applicant’s intellectual interests as they relate to the topic of the seminar or institute;
  • The applicant’s perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the program; 
  • Evidence that participation will have a long-term impact on the applicant’s teaching;
  • Five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Three institute spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students;
  • Primary consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute;
  • When choices must be made between equally qualified candidates, preference is given to those who would enhance the diversity of the program. 

Other information

Applications must be submitted via this website; applications sent to the NEH will not be reviewed. 

In any given year, an individual may apply to a maximum of two Seminars or Institutes, but may attend only one.

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

How might COVID affect this project?

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


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).

Part 1: Material Submissions 

2 page CV

Click here to upload a 2-page CV.

*Word or PDF files only. 


Click here to submit a statement of interest of approximately 850 words addressing the following:

  • Reasons for applying
  • Relevant experience or skills
  • Personal goals for the seminar (teaching or research)
  • What you hope to contribute to the seminar

*Word or PDF files only.

Part 2: Application form 

Click here to access application form.