Eligibility, Expectations, and Application Procedures

The application deadline for the 2022 NEH Summer Seminar for K-12 Educators, Digital Ancient Rome, has passed. Please stay tuned for information about future seminar offerings.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
Application Link: Digital Ancient Rome Application

Decision Notification: March 25, 2022
Participant Acceptance by: April 8, 2022


This section has been adapted from the Eligibility Criteria for Summer Seminars and Institutes for K-12 Educators published by the NEH.

Digital Ancient Rome has been designed for a national audience of full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home schooling educators. Project directors may admit a limited number of educators who work outside the K-12 classroom and who can demonstrate that their participation will advance project goals and enhance their professional work.

This seminar will naturally appeal to many people who studied classics and those who teach Latin. However, it is our hope that this seminar will also draw applicants who teach a range of classes in many different fields, including English, foreign languages, religion, art, history and social studies. The seminar’s focus on digital resources about ancient Rome will have broad appeal for students and can be incorporated into many different kinds of courses.

At least three seminar spaces must be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or fewer). Participants 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. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate.

A participant need not have an advanced degree in order to take part in a seminar or institute. Individuals may not apply to participate in a Seminar or Institute whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Seminar, Institute or Landmarks program attended by the applicant. In any given year an individual may apply to a maximum of two projects but may attend only one.

Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in a Seminar or Institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.

EEO 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: 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).


Applicants who accept an offer to participate in Digital Ancient Rome are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program, they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Participants will be required to abide by the Principles of Civility for NEH Professional Development Programs.

Participants will be required to complete several assessment surveys regarding their participation in Digital Ancient Rome, including a program evaluation at the conclusion of the seminar.


To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application.

The most important part of your application is your application essay (four-pages maximum length, double-spaced), which you can upload in a later section of the Google Form. This essay, as the NEH guidelines state, should “include any relevant personal and academic information. It should address reasons for applying; the applicant’s interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip the applicant to do the work of the seminar or institute and to make a contribution to a learning community; a statement of what the applicant wants to accomplish by participating; and the relation of the project to the applicant’s professional responsibilities.” Please make sure that your application essay also addresses the question “Why this particular seminar?” In other words, why you would benefit from, and what you would bring to, Digital Ancient Rome. You may want to answer this question in terms of your own teaching or in terms of your general intellectual development, but the more specific your answer, the stronger your application.

Applications must be completed and submitted no later than March 1, 2022.

If you prefer to send your application in paper form through the regular mail, please send it to:

Leigh Anne Lieberman
Art History Department
Pomona College
145 E. Bonita Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.