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National Humanities Center Summer Programs for PhD Students

In summer 2021 the Forum will sponsor two graduate students to National Humanities Center Virtual Institutes. To apply, email completed applications to by April 19, 2021 at 5PM CT. Please review the application information below carefully before submitting. 



Please contact Kimberly Marshall, Faculty Director (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology):

NHC Virtual Institute for Graduate Students: Meaningful Teaching and Learning in the Humanities Classroom

Each year, the OU Arts & Humanities Forum sponsors two OU Graduate Students to participate in the National Humanities Center’s Summer Teaching Institute. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s summer teaching institute will not be offered. Instead, the National Humanities Center will offer a virtual institute entitled Meaningful Teaching and Learning in the Humanities Classroom. This institute will be held from July 5-9, 2021.

For more information on the 2021 Virtual Teaching Institute, please visit:

Any graduate student in the arts, humanities, or interpretive social sciences is welcome to apply. A graduate student is defined as someone who is enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program at OU during the Spring 2021 semester. Applicants must submit endorsements (see below) from their department chair and primary academic advisor as part of the application package.

Proposal Content and Format

Proposals must use a font of 11 points or larger. Page margins should be 1” on all four sides. Line spacing must not be smaller than 1.5 lines. Please be certain that you have included all required components, in order. Late or incomplete applications will be disqualified from consideration and returned without review.


The project description should include each of the following components and be submitted as a single PDF file. Complete appplications should be emailed to by March 25, 2021, 5PM CT. 

  1. Cover Sheet: 

Complete the proposal cover sheet and obtain all required signatures. Incorporate a scanned copy of the signed form into your final proposal.

  1. Short Proposal (limited to 2 pages, formatted as described above)

Include a short narrative discussing the ways that this institute would benefit your development as a teaching scholar. Make sure to discuss your specific teaching experiences and the ways that participating in the summer institute could enhance your pedagogical practice. We are especially interested to hear about the ways in which your teaching connects to an enhances your research. 

  1. Abridged Curriculum Vitae (Limited to 2 pages, formatted as described above)

Letter from your primary academic advisor 

Please assess the suitability of this student to participation in the summer teaching institute. We are especially interested in the student’s academic progress and the assurance that the student is enough advanced in the research trajectory that he/she is ready to round out the profile of an accomplished teaching scholar.

Letter from your departmental chair 

In brief, please indicate departmental support for the applicant to participate in the summer teaching institute. 

The Forum’s Faculty Advisory Committee will review all proposal materials and select successful applications. Proposals will be evaluated for anticipated impact of the training received at the institute. 

OU Scholars selected to participate in the NHC Virtual Summer Institute are subject to the following requirements:

Acknowledging AHFF Support 

All written publications (whether in hard copy or electronic form) that have benefited from Arts & Humanities  funding must acknowledge the support of the OU Arts & Humanities Forum.