Three-week summer institute with stipends
Description: “Space, Place, and the Humanities” is a three-week summer institute hosted by the Humanities Center at Northeastern University in the newly-emerging, interdisciplinary field of Geohumanities. At the intersection of geography, history, literature, creative arts, and social justice, Geohumanities focuses on the role of space and place in a range of humanities disciplines.
The aim of this Institute is to help scholars in humanities disciplines integrate spatial thinking into their research and teaching in new ways. Prominent scholars from cultural geography, literary studies and the digital humanities will lead the Institute, foregrounding the study of space and place as an interdisciplinary endeavor.
Building on foundational texts from across the humanities, participants will use the city of Boston as a laboratory for exploration. The Institute has arranged field visits in Boston- area archives, the Boston Public Library map collection, and guided walks by scholars and practicing artists who engage humanistic scholarship.
Participants will enjoy ample time to interact with the faculty and with each other and will leave the institute with both a syllabus and a developed research plan for a paper or grant proposal. We welcome applications from scholars with some experience using space and place as key themes in their teaching and research, as well as scholars who are looking to begin such an engagement.
Application deadline: March 1, 2017
Notification date: March 31, 2017
Stipend details: $2,700
A selection committee reads and evaluates all properly completed applications in order to select the most promising applicants and to identify a number of alternates. The Institute Selection Committees is composed of four members drawn from the Institute’s directors and participating faculty.
Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in your application essay:
- quality and commitment as a teacher, scholar, and interpreter of the humanities;
- intellectual interests, in general and as they relate to the work of the institute;
- special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the institute;
- the likelihood that the experience will enhance the applicant’s teaching and scholarship.
At least five institute spaces will be reserved for non-tenure track/adjunct faculty members. Applicants need not have an advanced degree. Recent participants are eligible to apply, but selection committees are charged to give first consideration to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-supported Seminar or Institute in the last three years (2014, 2015, 2016). Preference is given to applicants who have not previously participated in an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute, or who significantly contribute to the diversity of the seminar or institute.
STIPEND, TENURE, AND CONDITIONS OF AWARD
Individuals selected to participate in “Space and Place in the Humanities” will receive $2,700. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable. Please note that supplements will not be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses.
Institute participants are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the project. During the project’s tenure, they may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project. Participants who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.
At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars will be asked to submit online evaluations in which they review their work during the summer and assess its value to their personal and professional development. These evaluations will become part of the project’s file with the NEH.
These projects are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the seminar or institute.
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.
Please note: At least three seminar spaces and at least five institute spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track/adjunct faculty members
An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify. Adjunct and part-time lecturers are eligible to apply. Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute whose director is affiliated with the same institution or is a family member. Individuals must not apply to seminars directed by scholars with whom they have studied. Institute selection committees are advised that only under the most compelling and exceptional circumstances may an individual participate in an institute with a director or a lead faculty member who has guided that individual’s research or in whose previous institute or seminar he or she has participated.
To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application. This includes an NEH cover sheet and the additional materials requested on the individual seminar or institute website.
HOW TO APPLY
Before you attempt to complete an application, please study the project website, which contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.
Checklist of Application Materials
A complete application consists of the following items:
–the completed application cover sheet,
–a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography with contact information for two professional references, and
–an application essay as outlined below.
The Application Cover Sheet
The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address: https://securegrants.neh.gov/education/participants/
Please follow the prompts. Before you click the “submit” button, save the cover sheet and add it to your application package. Then click “submit.” 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 to select the other project and repeat the process.
Do not use the same cover sheet for different projects. You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application.
Résumé and References
Please include a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography (not to exceed five pages). Be sure the résumé provides the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of two professional references.
The Application Essay
The application essay should be no more than four double spaced pages. It should address your interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what you want to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to your professional responsibilities. Additionally, applicants to “Space and Place in the Humanities” will need to elaborate on the relationship between institute activities and their responsibilities for teaching and curricular development.
Submission of Applications and Notification Procedure:
Completed applications should be submitted via our online application form, not to the NEH. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.
Please upload all files using our online Application Form. Be sure to enter your name and email address, upload your cover letter, resume, and application essay in their designated fields, and click “submit.” You should receive a text prompt indicating that your application was successfully uploaded.
Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Friday, March 31, 2017, and they will have until Friday, April 7 to accept or decline the offer.
Note: Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar or Institute), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
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).
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