All application materials must be sent to the project director and must be postmarked no later than March 11, 2014.

Dr. Richard Stillson
“View from the East”
Department of History & Art History
George Mason University
4400 University Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22030

check list

A complete application consists of three copies of the following items:

  1. an online NEH application cover sheet
  2. a detailed resume (not more than four pages)
  3. names of two professional references (included in the resume)
  4. a double spaced essay (not more than five pages, double-spaced)

For questions, contact Richard Stillson at rstillso[at]gmu[dot]edu.

application cover sheet

The application cover sheet must be filled out online at this address . Please follow the prompts. Before you click the “submit” button, print out the cover sheet and add it to your application package. Then click “submit.” The Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of musical, dramatic, and dance programs throughout the year.At this point you will be asked if you want to fill out a cover sheet for another project. If you do, follow the prompts to select the other project and repeat the process. Note that filling out a cover sheet is not the same as applying, so there is no penalty for changing your mind and filling out cover sheets for several projects. A full application consists of the items listed on the check list submitted to the project director. You must submit a separate cover sheet online for each project to which you are applying in order to generate a unique tracking number for each application. Do not copy and paste a new cover sheet.

résumé & references

Please include a detailed résumé, curriculum vitae, or brief biography (not to exceed five pages). Be sure the résumé provides the name, title, phone number, and e-mail address of two professional references.

application essay

The application essay should be no more than four double-spaced pages. This essay should include any relevant personal and academic information. It should address reasons for applying; the applicant's interest, both academic and personal, in the subject to be studied; qualifications and experiences that equip the applicant to do the work of the institute and to make contributions to a learning community. The application should include a description of a project related to the focus of the institute that the applicant will work on during the institute. These projects may be a draft of a scholarly article, a proposal for book-length research, a new course syllabus, a revision of an existing syllabus, a plan for a museum or archival exhibition, or a digital project (website, blog, or other digital product). Although you will not be committed to the specific project described in the application, the description should be sufficiently detailed to show how you will benefit professionally from the institute.