We thank you for your interest in attending the institute. Note that there are only a limited number of slots.

Before preparing an application, please consider the following guidelines. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the organizers at perseus_neh@tufts.edu

Who should apply?

The institute is open to all motivated and enthusiastic humanities faculty, graduate students, and library professionals. International participants are welcome. Instruction will be conducted in English.

Please note that the institute is centered on “advanced topics” and as such, participants should be prepared to demonstrate understanding of certain fundamentals (such as text markup) through pre-workshop assignments.

We particularly encourage participants who are committed to developing research agendas that integrate contributions and research by undergraduates; expand the global presence of the humanities; and that, in general, broaden access to and participation in the humanities. Preference will be given to participants who are best prepared not only to apply new technologies but to do so as a means to transform their teaching and research and the relationship of their work to society beyond academia.


We are committed to bringing together the best participants possible and will endeavor to fully fund as many applicants as our budget permits.

Selected participants will be provided on-campus room and board and support for travel to and from the institute. Support is strictly limited and subject to the travel policies and guidelines of the NEH, Tufts University, and the institute organizers. Failure to comply with these policies will result in the denial of reimbursement of expenses.

Stipends are not offered.

We encourage applicants to seek supplemental funding for travel, particularly participants who are traveling from outside of US. If you have an external means of funding your participation, please note this on the application form.

Application Process and Requirements

Applications are due by 12:01 AM EST February 1, 2018.

Accepted participants will be notified in March, 2018.

Applications consist of three parts:

  • Completion of the online Registration Form;
  • Via email:
    • 2-page CV;
    • Statement of Purpose (see below).

The registration form must be completed online. The CV and Statement of Purpose must be submitted concurrently via email to perseus_neh@tufts.edu

Statement of Purpose

Not to exceed 1,000 words.

The Statement of Purpose should outline the applicant’s initial goals for the institute and identify source materials with which the applicant proposes to work during the institute.

In an ideal case, source materials would include both texts for intensive analysis and annotation, including the construction of digital editions, or one or more larger corpora to be mined and analyzed more broadly. 

Source materials must be in the public domain or available under a suitable license. Participants must be committed to collaborative work and to publication of results from this institute under an open license (such as Creative Commons).

The statement should describe how the applicant will be able to use participation in the institute to further career advancement.

In consideration of the information noted above (third paragraph), the statement should, if applicable, describe how the proposed project expands the outreach of the humanities; broadens access beyond academia; increases undergraduate research participation; or involves underserved audiences and communities.