NEH Institute for Higher Education Faculty (Summer 2024)

Are you eager to explore the history of higher education in the United States? Improve history of higher education courses nationally? Deepen humanities engagement among future higher education leaders?

A collage of primary sources related to the history of higher education.

This 4-week summer institute is designed for faculty, advanced doctoral students, librarians, and archivists who teach or support courses on the history of higher education in the U.S. Project scholars will introduce research on a range of topics — including student activism, women in higher education, federal policy, the legacy of slavery, HBCUs, HSIs, Tribal Colleges, student affairs, internationalization, incarcerated students, and town-gown relationships — during engaging, interactive workshops. We will explore many kinds of primary sources that historians use to study the past — including films, advertisements, yearbooks, newspapers, institutional documents, legislation, and oral history — and learn effective strategies for engaging students with these sources.

A robust Open Educational Resource (OER) on the history of higher education will be created to facilitate teaching and learning nationally. Participants will conduct research on a topic of their choosing and contribute to this OER.

Summer Institute Dates: June 10 — July 12, 2024:

1 residential week, June 10-14 [onsite at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA]
3 virtual weeks, June 17-21; June 24-28; July 8-12 [on Zoom]


Join us in northern Virginia with easy access to the national monuments, historic sites, and museums of Washington, D.C.

Who should apply:

  • Full- and part-time faculty, including tenured, tenure track, and non-tenure track, as well as advanced doctoral candidates who teach or plan to teach the history of higher education in the United States.
  • Librarians and archivists who work on the history of higher education and/or support history of higher education courses.

Key dates:

  • December 15, 2023: Application period opens.
  • March 5, 2024: Application deadline.
  • April 5, 2024: Decision notification.
  • April 19, 2024: Participant acceptance deadline.


This Institute is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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

The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.