Who is eligible to apply to the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminars?

  • Full-time K–12 teachers and librarians from schools in our Affiliate School Program may apply to Teacher Seminars. If your school is not an Affiliate School, you will be directed to a combined application form.
  • National Park Service (NPS) interpreters, and New Teacher Fellows* are also eligible and encouraged to apply. If you fall into these categories, please email seminars@gilderlehrman.org to access an application.

When making your seminar choices, please read descriptions carefully to ensure that the seminar is appropriate for your subject and grade level.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications from part-time educators, home-school teachers, substitute teachers, or historical re-enactors.

*New Teacher Fellows are applicants who expect to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree in either history or education in either fall 2014 or spring 2015, and who plan to pursue careers in K–12 history education.

When is the application deadline?

Teacher Seminar applications close on February 13, 2015. Affiliate School registrations must also be approved by that date for teachers to be eligible to apply.

Are Teacher Seminars just for history teachers?

Teacher Seminars are open to teachers of all subjects, as well as school librarians, National Park Service interpreters, and New Teacher Fellows.

Can more than one teacher apply from a given school or institution?

Yes, teachers from the same school may attend different Gilder Lehrman seminars. One goal of our seminars is to encourage the dissemination of information through teachers attending different seminars. We encourage you and your colleagues to share information and experiences upon your return home.

Can I attend more than one seminar?

You may make up to four seminar selections on your application; successful applicants can only attend one program.

What expenses am I responsible for?

Applicants will be charged a $25 nonrefundable registration fee upon officially accepting their place in a Teacher Seminar.

What expenses does the Gilder Lehrman Institute pay for?

The Gilder Lehrman Institute provides reading materials and room and board for the week.

Participants will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $400 upon completion of the seminar. Seminar participants must submit a reimbursement form accompanied by receipts. For participants traveling internationally or from Alaska or Hawaii, a travel stipend of $500 will be provided in lieu of reimbursement. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Participants should be prepared to pay for all personal expenses.

Please note that we are unable to provide supplemental funding in cases where the travel reimbursement is insufficient to cover all travel expenses. For more details on our reimbursement policy, please click here.

Teacher Seminars are open to independent school teachers and community college faculty on a shared-funding basis.

Should I include a letter of recommendation or other materials with my application?

Due to the high volume of applications received, our committee is unable to review additional materials. All selections are based solely on the online application.

How are participants selected?

A selection committee composed of educators and administrators evaluates all applications. The selection committee looks for applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in American history, a commitment to growth and progress in the teaching profession, and an ability to translate new knowledge and materials into effective classroom teaching.

When will I be notified whether or not I have been selected?

On March 13, 2015, seminar notifications will be available by logging in to your account at www.gilderlehrman.org/seminar-status. You will not receive an email notification. Successful applicants will be directed to additional information and registration instructions through their online accounts.

The only email you will receive from Gilder Lehrman will be a confirmation email when your application is complete. No information concerning the status of an application will be available prior to the official notification date. Please wait to review your status through your online account before contacting Gilder Lehrman.

What are my responsibilities as a participant?

Seminar participants are required to attend the full schedule of events and to engage fully in projects. Participants are also required to complete readings sent to them prior to the seminar. Participants who do not complete the seminar will not receive the travel reimbursement or, for those traveling internationally or from Alaska or Hawaii, the travel stipend. At the seminar’s end, participants are required to submit evaluations reviewing their seminar work and assessing the seminar’s value to their personal and professional development.

Where do participants live during the program?

Participants usually live in campus dormitories. Participants will usually have their own bedroom but may share common living spaces and/or bathrooms. Please read about individual seminars for additional information on housing.

Housing is provided only for the duration of the seminar. We realize some participants will have to arrive a day early or stay a day late; participants are responsible for arranging and paying for housing on those days.

Should I bring a laptop?

Each participant should plan to bring their own laptop computer to complete seminar projects. While some colleges have computer clusters available, many do not.

Will there be Internet access?

Some sites have Internet access, but you may need to provide your own cables; other sites have wireless Internet access. 

Can family and friends participate?

We are unable to accommodate family and friends.

Can I commute to the Teacher Seminar?

Yes. Residence is not required. Applicants applying on a day basis are at no disadvantage during the selection process.

Can I defer my acceptance to next year?

No, we cannot defer your position. We encourage you to apply again, but cannot guarantee your acceptance at a later time.

Whom should I contact for more details?

If you have a question that is not answered in this list of FAQs, please contact the Teacher Seminars office at seminars@gilderlehrman.org.

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