Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 21. Tuesday, 12 January 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 12 Jan 1993 15:15:12 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [NEH Summer Seminar]
For the last decade or so, the National Endowment for the Humanities has
sponsored summer seminars for school teachers as well as seminars for
college teachers. The seminars may go for four, five, or six weeks, and
directors are remunerated accordingly. Teachers also receive stipends, and
funds are available for supplies, overhead, administrative assistance, etc.
This summer, I shall direct my sixth seminar for school teachers, for the
first time in collaboration with another scholar, Tom Clayton of
Minnesota. But untypically, ours is the only Shakespeare seminar offered
this year. Usually two or three seminars on Shakespeare are included among
the more than fifty offered (this year there are--count 'em--69!). The
current situation is unfortunate, and I'm writing to encourage all
interested to send for information and application forms to:
Division of Fellowships and Seminars
National Endowment for the Humanities
Washington, DC 20506
Deadline for applications is April 1, so there is still plenty of time to
make inquiries, submit applications, and obtain the necessary letters of
These seminars really beat teaching summer school, I can attest. Limited
to fifteen participants chosen from applicants all over the country, the
seminars invariably attract highly-motivated, able school teachers who
truly appreciate the opportunity to recharge their batteries by taking
high-level, stimulating seminars with their peers. (Note: The seminars
are, by design, not pedagogical but content-oriented.) Application forms
are not terribly complicated or lengthy, and NEH offers help to
prospective directors draft their proposals. Stipends range up to 2/9 base
salary (plus fringes) for a six-weeks seminar, and up to $2,000 (plus
fringes) is available for administrative assistance.
Michael Hall at NEH is the program officer in charge. you can give or Jean
Hughes a call for information.