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The National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute for higher education faculty "Law and Culture in Medieval England," hosted by Western Michigan University, is designed primarily for full-time or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students.

We seek applicants whose backgrounds are in history, literature or law. We welcome applicants whose teaching responsibilities are in the humanities or social sciences, broadly defined, including those who are not medievalists. Those who teach in anthropology, English or language departments, political science, religion and sociology are encouraged to apply. Independent scholars, those employed in non-teaching positions (including library and museum professionals) and full-time graduate students are also eligible to apply. All applicants must demonstrate that their participation will advance the teaching and scholarly goals of the program.

While those who know Old English, Middle English or Latin are welcome to apply, knowledge of these languages is not required as all readings will be in translation.

Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

An applicant need not have an advanced degree in order to qualify as an NEH Summer Scholar. Individuals may not apply to an NEH summer institute whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the prospective applicant’s institution, or is someone with whom the prospective applicant has previously studied.

Please note: Some spaces are reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Three spaces are reserved for advanced graduate students. Primary consideration is given to those who have not previously attended an NEH summer seminar or institute. In any given year, an individual may apply to a maximum of two NEH seminars or institutes, and may attend only one.

To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on this website.

Full eligibility criteria

Due to the ongoing health crisis, the institute is being held virtually. Activities will be conducted synchronously and asynchronously on the internet. All synchronous activities will occur on weekdays. There is no residential component.

Seal of the National Endowment for the Humanities.The summer institute "Law and Culture in Medieval England" has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Disclaimer: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website and in this institute do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.