Participant Eligibility Criteria

We welcome advanced graduate students, non-tenured or non-tenure track faculty, and tenured faculty who have a significant interest in Flannery O’Connor or topics associated with Flannery O’Connor and would gain from a four-week advanced immersion in Flannery O’Connor. In the past, individuals from a variety of fields and with a variety of interests have participated successfully in this Institute.

Institutes are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time faculty who teach undergraduate students. Project directors may admit a limited number of others whose work lies outside undergraduate teaching but who demonstrate that their participation will advance project goals and enhance their own professional work.

At least five spaces must be reserved for non-tenured/non-tenure-track faculty members. Three spaces may be reserved for advanced graduate students.

Participants 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. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate.

A participant need not have an advanced degree in order to take part in an institute.

Individuals may not apply to participate in an institute whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Seminar, Institute or Landmarks program attended by the applicant. In any given year an individual may apply to a maximum of two projects but may attend only one.

Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g., taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in an institute if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.

To be considered for selection, applicants must submit a complete application as indicated on the individual institute’s website

Participant Expectations:

  • Participants are required to submit a project evaluation.
  • Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis.  If a participant is obliged through circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.
  • Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.


The National Endowment for the Humanities awards each accepted participant $3,450 to defray the costs of participation including housing, travel, and dining. Institute staff will try to provide low-cost options when available.


Participants need to pay for and arrange their own housing. Georgia College will offer the opportunity to live in a residence hall for a less expensive rate than most standard hotels; this housing will be walking distance from the Summer Institute activities.

Want to stay in a Milledgeville motel during the NEHSI?

Here are rates I've been given for four motels on N. Columbia St. I'll list them in order of closeness to campus. Use my name and say National Endowment for the Humanities and say Georgia College to encourage them to remember the rates I've been promised. I hope that the people who work reservations will recognize at least one of these entities.

LaQuinta Inn, 1-478-454-9000: $109 for single or double
Hampton Inn, 1-478-451-0050: They seem to have forgotten that they promised us a rate of $109 for single or double, so be wary.

And closest to Andalusia are
Holiday Inn Express, 1-478-295-1144: $109 for single or double
Comfort Suites, 1-478-453-2212: $84 for single or double

Of course, they'll then add taxes. The person at Holiday Inn said that with the extra fees, their total price is $133.35 per night.
If you stay in a motel, make sure I give you advice about parking near campus.
–Bruce Gentry
P.S. If you want advice about trying to rent a house in the area, let me know and I’ll figure out what sort of advice I can provide.


Participants need to pay for their own meals. A limited dining hall option will be available, and the residence hall has a shared kitchen that participants may use. Downtown Milledgeville is close to the residence halls and offers several options for dining as well.


Atlanta is the closest large airport for Milledgeville. Milledgeville is a small town located in a rural part of the state, but if you wish to drive your car, we can provide parking pass availability


A large number of texts will be provided for you, but you are still responsible for the materials you may need for doing serious research such as computer access, copying, and other items.


Each applicant will be asked to provide name, educational attainment, home address, email, cell phone and if applicable, office phone, a resume/CV, and a project proposal. In addition, each applicant will need to attest that they understand the guidelines for eligibility.

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, 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: 202-606-8282 (this is a special telephone device for the Deaf)


Application process is now closed