How to apply

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Application instructions

Before you attempt to complete an application, please study this seminar website, which contains detailed information about the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants. All application materials must reach the project director in the method indicated below no later than March 2, 2015. Applications sent to the National Endowment for the Humanities will not be reviewed. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Monday, March 30, 2015, and they will have until Friday, April 3, to accept or decline the offer.  


Participant selection

As part of the larger curriculum development, the seminar is designed to support faculty in English, language, literature, mythology, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, archaeology, history and other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and private and public international programs. We envisage a total of sixteen participants who are interested in the medieval world of the Irish Cultural Province.  We are especially keen to find participants who are willing to write a chapter of a book on the Language and Literature of the Irish Sea Cultural province, and we welcome full-time lecturers and adjuncts to apply. In another effort to increase accessibility and diversity of background and perspective, the NEH allows us to reserve two places among the 16 for graduate students.

For further eligibility, please refer to the NEH eligibility criteria for NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers.

Please also read through the NEH Application Information and Instructions.


Application checklist

A complete application consists of the following items:

  • the completed application cover sheet (submitted to the NEH via the web form; please also attach a copy to your application to the seminar directors);
  • a detailed resume, curriculum vitae, or brief biography;
  • contact information for two professional references; and
  • an application essay of no more than four double-spaced pages as outlined below.

We are will happily accept both paper and electronic applications, in both forms you should submit a copy of your application cover sheet, your resume, and other supporting documents directly to us  at NEH Irish Sea Cultural Province c/o Milissa Ackerley, FT 202A, Department of English, California State University, Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311. Email attachments of all application materials may be sent to Documents are accepted in .PDF (preferred) and MS Word formats. Note: The application cover sheet can be found on the NEH website can be found at the NEH website. Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying. Once you have filled out your cover sheet, print out a copy or save it to PDF. You will need to submit an electronic copy of this cover sheet as part of your application to the project directors.  All application materials must reach the project director in the method indicated below no later than March 2, 2015.

The application essay

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 seminar; your relevant personal and academic information; your qualifications to the work of the project and make a contribution to it; what you hope to accomplish; and the relation of the study to your research and/or teaching.


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Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.