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Who Should Apply?


To apply for the Moral Psychology and Education Institute (MPEI) you must meet the NEH eligibility criteria (see the link below). In addition to full-time community college, college, and university faculty, the program is also open to adjunct faculty, graduate students, qualified independent scholars, and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations provided they demonstrate how their interests promote the teaching and research goals of the Institute.

Because a vibrant and fulfilling Institute depends on opportunities for collaboration and mentorship for emerging scholars, we seek to integrate faculty from various geographical regions, levels of professional advancement, and diverse disciplines and specialties. Participants should have a strong interest in empirically informed philosophy and interdisciplinary work and thrive in highly engaged yet collegial theoretical discussions and collaborative endeavors.

NEH Stipend


Participants will receive a total stipend of $3,300 to help cover travel expenses to and from the Institute, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable. Disbursement of the stipend will occur in two payments. Participants accepted into the program are expected to attend all sessions and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the project, arriving on May 30, 2016. (Participants who, for any reason, do not complete all sessions must refund a pro-rata portion of the stipend.)

The Application Process


To apply, please use the guidelines and cover sheet provided by the NEH (see the links below). NEH no longer requires reference letters, but does require contact information for two references within your CV or resume.

In addition to the coversheet submitted to NEH, you must save a copy of that cover sheet as a PDF (see here; alternatively: print, scan, and email yourself a copy) and upload a complete application package to the MPE Institute for review by the selection committee.

A complete application package includes:

  1. the cover sheet (as a PDF)
  2. your CV (or resume)
  3. an essay (no more than four double spaced pages: approx. 2000 words) in which you explain (a) your personal and academic background; (b) your reasons for applying to this particular program; (c) a description of a teaching and research project that interests you; (d) how you anticipate that your participation in this Institute will advance each of those goals; and (e) a proposal for how you might contribute to the collaborative endeavors of the Institute community of scholars.

To submit your application package to the MPE Institute, click on the blue “Apply Here” button below. The submission deadline for all materials (both the cover sheet to NEH and the complete application package to the MPE Institute) is 11:59 pm on March 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified about the status of their application on March 31, 2016.

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Equal Opportunity Statement


Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.  For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.  TDD:  202/6068282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf).