We are looking for sixteen enthusiastic and committed teachers of German, world
history, government, civics, or other subjects who want to be NEH Summer Scholars. We
want people who share our curiosity and enthusiasm for the topic, and we will be selecting
NEH Summer Scholars based on the extent to which they will benefit personally and
professionally from the seminar. We expect to be forced to make difficult choices among
well-qualified applicants and, all things being equal, we would opt for teachers from a variety
of teaching backgrounds and geographic locations, as well as from schools with diverse
student populations. Applicants must attest to German proficiency at the Intermediate-Mid level
or above, according to ACTFL proficiency guidelines or their equivalent. We do not require language certification or testing. The seminar itself will be rigorous and rewarding, lots of work but fun with plenty of time to explore the city. We are well
aware just how important it is for such teachers to spend time immersed in the language and
culture of Germany, particularly for the purposes of this seminar, in the cosmopolitan
culture of contemporary Berlin.
Please read through the detailed application instructions provided by NEH
The application consists of three parts:
1. The Cover Sheet, which you can access at: https://securegrants.neh.gov/education/participants/
Once you have filled out the
online version, be sure to print a copy that you can scan and send to Professor Shandley as an email
2. An essay, which the NEH describes as follows: “The most important part of the
application is the essay of no more than four double spaced pages. This essay
should include your reasons for applying to the specific project; your relevant
personal and academic information; you qualifications to do the work of the project
and make a contribution to it; what you hope to accomplish; and the relation of the
study to your teaching.” For the purposes of the seminar in Berlin, be sure to
indicate to us that your German proficiency is at the intermediate mid level or above.
We do not require that someone test you; we have had good luck in the past with
people giving an honest assessment of their ability.
3. The names and contact information for two people who will be prepared to speak
to your qualifications. Reference letters are no longer required. Please include their information in your email to Professor Shandley. email@example.com
Applications are due March 4, 2014
Successful applicants will be notified by email and then by phone on Monday, March 31. NEH is very
strict about the deadline, so we plan to send out emails right after midnight of March 30, and
we will call to make a personal connection later in the day on March 31. Successful applicants will have to accept or decline the offer by Friday, April 4.