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Participant Eligibility Criteria


NEH-funded Institutes, A Sense of Place, are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home schooling educators. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel (with content geared towards 6th - 12th grades)—such as, but not limited to, administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum supervisors—are also eligible to participate. 


A Sense of Place programs support a series of one-week professional development workshops across the nation to enhance how K-12 grade(s) educators, higher education faculty, and humanities professionals incorporate place-based approaches to humanities teaching and scholarship.

You are eligible to apply if you are a:

• United States citizen, including those teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions and schools operated by the federal government

• resident of U.S. jurisdictions

• foreign national who has been residing in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline

  • U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions  

You are not eligible to apply if you:

• are a foreign national teaching abroad

• are related to the project director(s)

• are affiliated with the applicant institution (employees, currently enrolled students, etc.)

• have been taught or advised in an academic capacity by the project director(s)

• are delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees)

• have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency

• have attended a previous NEH professional development project (Seminars, Landmarks, or Institutes) led by the project director(s)

NEH does not require participants to have earned an advanced degree.

In any given year, an individual may attend only one Institute or Landmarks workshop.

To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application, essay and curriculum vita (link below).

Project Schedule

Participant Application Open 

  • Dec 15, 2023

Participant Application Deadline 

  • Mar 5, 2024 (1:59am CST / 11:59pm PST)  

Participant Application Notification 

  • April 5, 2024   

Participant Acceptance Deadline 

  • April 19, 2024  


Workshop 1  July 7 - July 13, 2024 

Workshop 2  July 14 - July 20, 2024

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