How to Apply

Please spent time studying our project website prior to completing an application, to ensure that this workshop meets your needs regarding the topic under study, project requirements and expectations of the participants, the academic and institutional setting, and specific provisions for lodging and subsistence.


A completed application consists of the following items:

Please submit the following for a completed application:

Please COLLATE the three copies of your application and mail them to:

Carol S. Baldridge
Franklin NEH Summer Teachers’ Workshop
Department of History
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199

All applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2016.  We cannot accept applications by fax, email, or telephone.

Please include a résumé or brief biography detailing your educational qualifications and professional experience. Be sure the résumé provides the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of one professional reference.


Completed applications should be submitted to the project director, not the NEH, and postmarked no later than March 1, 2016.  Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on March 31, 2016, and they will have until April 7, 2016 to accept or decline the offer.

Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshop, NEH Summer Seminar, or NEH Summer Institute), you may not withdraw in order to accept an offer from another program.


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, 400 Seventh Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20506.  TDD:  202/606 8282 (for the hearing impaired only).

Application Cover Sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online.

Please follow the prompts; be sure to indicate your first and second choices of workshop dates.  Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package.  Then click “submit.”  At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project.  If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process.

Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out a cover sheet for several projects.  A full application consists of all of the items listed above, submitted to the project director.

You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application. Do not copy and paste a new cover sheet.

Resume Guidelines

Please limit your resume to two single-spaced pages.
If you don’t have a current resume, La Salle’s Student Affair’s division has provided a pdf.

Application Essay

The NEH Franklin workshop typically received 3-5 applications for every spot.  The application essay is an essential part of the Summer Scholars’ selection process.

In no more than two double spaced pages, address why this workshop is important to you.  What is your professional background? Your interest in the subject of the workshop? Your special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the workshop?

But most importantly, we want to know how participating in ‘Benjamin Franklin and the Americans’ would enhance your teaching or school service.  How will being a Summer Scholar in Philadelphia benefit your students?