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How to Apply

We invite applications from all humanities professionals, including professors, university staff, librarians, museum staff, public historians, journalists, and independent scholars.


For those in higher education, we particularly welcome applications from early-career educators – those who have been teaching for three years or fewer and are non-tenured or not on the tenure track. We also invite applications from advanced graduate students who have reached candidacy in a doctoral program or are in the final year of a terminal degree program. 

Please review the eligibility requirements and NEH codes of conduct below, then apply here!

Application Deadlines

December 15

Applications open

March 5, 2024, 11:59 pm

Application deadline

April 5

Applicants will be notified on their acceptance via email

April 19

Accepted applicants must accept or decline the invitation to New York as Port City by this deadline. 

If you are accepted to the New York as Port City workshop, you will have two weeks to accept or decline. If you can’t participate, please let us know as soon as possible so we can let in others from the waitlist!

Am I Eligible to Apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are a:
  • United States citizen, including those teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions and schools operated by the federal government; 

  • resident of U.S. jurisdictions; or 

  • foreign national who has been residing in the United States or its jurisdictions for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. 


You are not eligible to apply if you:
  • are a foreign national teaching abroad 

  • are related to the project director(s) 

  • are affiliated with the applicant institution (employees, currently enrolled students, etc.) 

  • have been taught or advised in an academic capacity by the project director(s) 

  • are delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees) 

  • have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency 

  • have attended a previous NEH professional development project (Seminars, Landmarks, or Institutes) led by the project director(s) 


NEH does not require participants to have earned an advanced degree. 

In any given year, an individual may attend only one Institute or Landmarks workshop.


To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual project’s website. Any questions about applications should be directed to the individual project team.

Apply here!

Please click here to submit your application using Google Forms. This link will take you to a new browser page.

We encourage you to compose your 300-500 page personal statement elsewhere and save it before pasting it into the Google application form.  

NEH Principles of Civility


Discussions and presentations at New York as Port City workshop should be: 

  1. firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis; 

  2. conducted without partisan advocacy; 

  3. respectful of divergent views; 

  4. free of ad hominem commentary; and 

  5. devoid of ethnic, religious, gender, disability, or racial bias. 


NEH welcomes comments, concerns, or suggestions on these principles at For more information on NEH Principles of Civility, click here.

NEH Participant Expectations
General NEH Participant Expectations can be found here. Some of this material is repeated elsewhere on this page.

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).

Header photograph of the New York City harbor is by Staten Island resident Alice Austen, circa 1910, courtesy of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

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

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