Full eligibility criteria are available on the NEH website. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the elegibility document very carefully before submitting an application. If you have particualr questions about the eligibility criteria, email the seminar director at DickensNEH@gmail.com.
Although the Dickens: Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities seminar is centrally focused on literature, its broader topicality--industrialization, social revolution, education--and its interdisciplinary approach to its core texts make the seminar more generally relevant to teachers across a wide range of disciplines. The seminar would be of use to--and benefit from the presence of--teachers of English, History, Journalism, Film and Media Studies, Theatre, Art History, and Social Studies. So I encourage applications from teachers outside of the field of English. (This is not to suggest that English teachers are discouraged from applying. All are welcome!)