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Application Guidelines

Guidelines on how to submit your application materials are listed below. Please read all the way through to the end.

  • NEH application cover sheet 
    Everyone must complete the cover sheet at the NEH website in order for their application to be considered.

If applying online, please fill out as directed by the prompts.  When finished, be sure to click the "submit" button. 


If applying by mail, please print out the cover sheet and add to your application package. 

Please fill out as directed by the prompts.  Make sure to have your resume and essay ready to upload. Everything must be completed and uploaded in one online session; work cannot be saved and then returned to complete later.


If applying by mail, please print out the cover sheet and add to your application package. 

  • Resume

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


If applying online, upload it with your application.

  • The Essay

As stipulated by the instructions, the essay should contain any relevant personal and academic information.


Tell us why you are applying, and what makes you eager to spend an intense month wrapped around Shakespeare and technology.


Include what you hope to accomplish by participating, and how the work of the Institute relates to your colleagues and students.


Briefly describe a teaching strategy that turned out to be a terrible failure, and then describe another one that resulted in real learning for your students. 


Finally, how will you survive and succeed in a fast-paced academic environment full of challenges, delights, and many new colleagues?


The essay is probably the most important part of your application.


Essay should be no longer than four (4) double-spaced pages.


If applying online, upload it with your application.

  • Reference Letters

The two references should be chosen carefully. Your supervisor should be familiar with the your professional accomplishments or promise, interests, and ability to contribute to and benefit from participation in a community of intellectual inquiry. They should specifically address these issues in their recommendations.


It is helpful for references to read the description of the project sent by the director and the application essay.


Your student letter of recommendation should be written by a current student. Your student should indicate the course he or she is enrolled in, and what he or she is learning from you, and why you should be able to participate in this institute.


If you are a graduate student with teaching experience, your references should come from professors or supervisors. 


Please ask each of your references to sign their name across the seal on the back of the envelope containing their letter, if mailing their reference. All letters must provide contact information of the reference.


Letters can also be e-mailed directly to us at educate@folger.edu.

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E-mail us at educate@folger.edu or call us at (202) 675-0395.

Teachers on TSI

"This Institute has inspired me in both general and specific ways. I am eager to return to my classroom and bring my renewed love and knowledge of Shakespeare and language with me. I will also return to the classroom with specific techniques that will apply to not only Shakespeare but any text." 

- TSI 2012 participant evaluation

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