Selection Criteria

We welcome applications from all 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.

A selection committee consisting of the Project Director, a Project Scholar, and a veteran teacher 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, that you address each of the following factors in the essay that you submit as part of your application:

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

Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks workshop, seminar, or institute.