Eligibility and Application Instructions:

Session 1: July 16-22, 2017

Session 2: July 23-29, 2017

The workshops are designed principally for classroom teachers and librarians in public, private, parochial and charter schools, as well as home schooling parents. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers and classroom professionals, are eligible to participate subject to available space.

Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals are eligible for this program. Applicants 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. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply. Individuals may not apply to participate in a workshop given by the same director on the same topic in which they have previously participated; in other words, they should not apply to attend the same workshop twice. Individuals may not apply to study with a Landmarks director who is a family member.

Applicants must complete the NEH application cover sheet and provide all of the information requested below to be considered eligible. An individual may apply to up to two NEH summer projects in any one year (Landmarks workshops, seminars, or institutes), but may participate in only one. Please note: Once you choose your program, you may not switch to another one!

Please see: NEH Eligibility Criteria (pdf)

For further information about the Landmarks of American History and Culture Program, please see: NEH Landmarks for School Teachers Project

Selection Criteria:

A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications. Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the workshop experience. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in the application essay:

  1. Your professional background.
  2. Your interest in the subject of the workshop.
  3. Your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop.
  4. How the experience would enhance your teaching or school service.

Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Landmarks workshop, seminar or institute.

Stipend, Tenure and Conditions of Award:

Teachers selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,200 at the end of the residential workshop session. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable.

Please note that the NEH has changed the stipend policy for 2017. NEH Summer Scholars who do not pay for their accommodations will receive a stipend of $600. NEH Summer Scholars who stay at the Holiday Inn or other paid accommodations will receive a stipend of $1200. Summer Scholars should keep the receipts related to their accommodations during their stay in Rochester.

NEH Summer Scholars are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully in all project activities. NEH Summer Scholars who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

NEH Summer Scholars will provide NEH with an assessment of their workshop experience, especially in terms of its value to their personal and professional development. You will be asked to provide a confidential online evaluation at the close of the workshop.

Application Instructions:

Applications can be emailed to RochReformTrail@brockport.edu,


Applications may be mailed via USPS to:

Jose R. Torre
Associate Professor of History
Department of History
The College at Brockport (SUNY)
350 New Campus Drive
Brockport, NY 14420

Application materials sent directly to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Application deadlines should all be 2017. The application deadline is March 1, 2017 (for email applications). Files postmarked by March 1, 2017 will also be accepted. Please indicate on the application cover sheet your first and second choices of workshop dates.

For more detailed instructions, please see: 2017 Application Instructions PDF

Your Completed Application Must Include:

  1. The NEH application cover sheet (see below for detailed information).
  2. Your résumé.
  3. An application essay (no longer than two double-spaced pages) that briefly explains your personal and/or professional interest in the Rochester Reform Trail Workshop.

Application Cover Sheet:

The application cover sheet must be filled out online: Participation Application Cover Sheet

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

Application Essay:

The application essay should be no more than two double-spaced pages. The essay should address:

Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure:

Completed applications should be submitted to the project director, not the NEH, and postmarked no later than March 1, 2017. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on March 31, 2017, and they will have until April 7, 2017 to accept or decline the offer. Applicants who will not be home during the notification period should provide an address and phone number where they can be reached. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification period.

Principles of Civility for NEH Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops:

The Endowment's Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse.

Seminar, Institute, and Workshop presentations and discussions should be:

  1. Firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis
  2. Conducted without partisan advocacy
  3. Respectful of divergent views
  4. Free of ad hominem commentary
  5. Devoid of ethnic, religious, gender or racial bias

Please see: NEH Principles of Civility Fact Sheet for more information.

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).

Director: Jose R. Torre
Please email all questions to RochReformTrail@brockport.edu.