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William Katerberg
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NEH Summer Institute for Teachers, 2012

Application Instructions


We are now accepting applications for our NEH summer institute for school teachers, "American Frontiers in Global Perspective." If you have not yet done so, please read the Director’s Message. You should also take a look at the Syllabus and Schedule.

If you are interested in applying but have questions, you can email the director, Will Katerberg. If you're ready to apply, please follow the instructions below.

Begin by reading the Application Information and Instructions provided by the NEH. It includes details about eligibility and the process of applying.


Read the instructions below. Then click here to apply and complete our electronic application.


<< Application Information and Instructions (pdf) >>

As this document indicates, you should begin at the NEH website and fill out the Application Cover Sheet. It asks you to print a copy and submit it with the rest of your application to the project director.

We are using an electronic application in which you will submit your resume (or brief biography) and application essay as PDF documents. (You can save documents in MS Word as PDF electronic files.) The people that you ask to write letters of recommendation for you will likewise submit them electronically as PDF documents. If possible, please scan your copy of the NEH application cover sheet and submit it as an electronic file. If you are not able to do so, you may also fax it to the Summer Seminars office at Calvin College. Please make sure it is directed to William Katerberg, NEH Summer Teaching Institute 2012. The fax number is: 616.526.6682.

The website address at the Summer Seminars Office for this institute can be found at:

As you fill out the application, please keep the following details in mind. (These are excerpted from the NEH application information document. It contains much more information than the excerpt below, and you should read it carefully in its entirety before applying to participate in this institute.)


Application Checklist

A complete application consists of the following items:

  • the completed application cover sheet
  • a resume or brief biography, and
  • an application essay as outlined below.
  • two letters of recommendation as described below.



Please include a resume or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience.


The Application Essay

The application essay should be no more than four double spaced pages. It should address your reasons for applying; your interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip you to do the work of the seminar or 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.

Reference Letters

The two referees may be from inside or outside your home institution. They should be familiar with your professional accomplishments or promise, teaching and/or research interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in the seminar or institute. Referees should be provided with the director's description of the seminar or institute and your essay. If you are currently a graduate student, you should secure a letter from a professor or advisor. Please ask your referees to sign across the seal on the back of the envelope containing the letter. Remember that for this institute your referees should submit the letters electronically, send them by email to the Summer Seminars office at, making sure to put “Reference letter for NEH American Frontiers Institute” in the subject line.



Submission of Application and Notification Procedure

Completed applications should be submitted to the project director and should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2012.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Monday, April 2, 2012, and they will have until Friday, April 6 to accept or decline the offer.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute or Landmarks Workshop), 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, sex, disability, or age. For further information, write to NEH Equal Opportunity Officer, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20506. TDD: 202/606 8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).