Middle East Christianity: A Historic and Living Tradition.

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

NEH Summer Institute

     June 5-25, 2022


     Participant Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

     Participant Notification Date: March 25, 2022

     Participant Acceptance Deadline: April 8, 2022

Stipend - $2,850

Each participant will receive a $2,850 stipend. This stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are determined by the NEH according to the format and duration of the summer program, and are taxable as income. Half will be paid at the beginning of the program, and half at the end.

Participant Requirements

Project applicants who accept an offer to participate 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, the participant will receive only a pro rata share of the stipend (or the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend will be returned if the participant has already received the full stipend). Participants must also submit a project evaluation.

Curricular Agenda

Participants must articulate a clear curricular agenda to be completed during their three weeks at the Middle Eastern Christianity NEH Summer Institute. As an interdisciplinary program in the Humanities, this NEH Summer Institute will consider applications from any humanities field that is based in scholarly methods and theories. And curricular agendas can be of various scopes. Applications can propose a sweeping agenda: to develop a program in Middle Eastern Christianity; or a more focused agenda: to build a course in Middle Eastern Christianity; or even a narrow agenda: to create a study unit in Middle Eastern Christianity that is to be incorporated into an existing course that the participant teaches.

The proposal must explain how the participant can accomplish this agenda in the three-week timeframe, and how the participant will collaborate with the Institute’s affiliated faculty to accomplish the agenda.

The selection process will prioritize applicants who demonstrate: a) a commitment to integrating Middle Eastern Christianity into their existing undergraduate curriculum, b) a record of pedagogical growth in their careers, and c) institutional support for including Middle Eastern Christianity in the undergraduate curriculum.

Participant Eligibility

Seminars and Institutes are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students. Project directors may admit a limited number of others whose work lies outside undergraduate teaching but who demonstrate that their participation will advance project goals and enhance their own professional work.

At least three seminar spaces and at least five institute spaces must be reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Two seminar spaces and three institute spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students.

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 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.

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.

To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual seminar or institute’s website.

Selection Process

Participants are selected by a committee, which consists of more than three, including the project directors and a number of the Faculty Affiliates of the Institute. The selection committee will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates.

Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 25, 2022 as to their acceptance in the Summer Institute. Applicants who are selected to participate must indicate their acceptance of the opportunity by April 8, 2022. Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they 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).

The Application Period Has Expired. Applicants will be notified of decisions on 25 March, 2022. Thank you to all who applied!

Mailing Address

     NEH Middle Eastern Christianity Summer Institute
          attn. Jason Zaborowski
          Bradley University
          1501 W. Bradley Avenue
          Peoria, IL 61625


     Dr. Jason Zaborowski, Co-Director


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