Gilder Lehrman-National History Academy Scholarships

Gilder Lehrman-National History Academy Scholarships

What if you had the opportunity not just to learn American history, but to live it?

Spend your summer at the National History Academy’s Residential Summer Program for rising 10th through 12th grade students, June 30–July 26, 2024, on the campus of the Foxcroft School just outside Washington, DC. Walk in the footsteps of leaders who helped define and shape the American story, including presidents, civil rights leaders, and soldiers who fought for the birth and survival of the nation. See and learn about seminal documents that shaped our history from subject matter experts and master teachers. Get behind-the-scenes access to historic sites no other program can provide.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute and the National History Academy are once again partnering to provide twenty scholarships exclusively to students at schools in our Affiliate School Program. These scholarships for the four-week residential summer program are inclusive of room, board, learning materials, and transportation and admission to historic sites. Transportation to and from the Foxcroft School for the program itself will not be covered by the scholarship. 

To apply for the Gilder Lehrman–National History Academy Scholarships, click the link below to be taken to the National History Academy application. When asked how you heard about the National History Academy, choose “Gilder Lehrman Institute.” The final deadline to apply is May 1.

What 2023 Scholarship Recipients Say

“I found the most valuable things I learned were about myself, in some senses. I had a strong sense of finding my crowd, so to speak, at the program, and my interest in public policy, history, and political science, and my desire to pursue these further in college and beyond, was reaffirmed.” – William M., Walnut Creek, CA

“I would not have been able to fund the camp had I not received Gilder Lehrman’s scholarship and I’m so glad I did. Mainly my advice would be to think about why history is so important to you and your everyday life, because this camp will definitely amplify that.” – Audrey S., Madison, NC

“As a resident of a US territory, it was my first time actually being in the States, so being able to come to the States and see all the historical sites and everything I can possibly learn from US history is just amazing. And now that I’m taking AP US History, it puts a sense of the fact that I was there, and it’s so special for me.” – Jenny Z., Saipan, MP

A National History Academy participant in a green polo giving two thumbs up.

For more information regarding the Gilder Lehrman–National History Academy Scholarships, please email For more information regarding the National History Academy's residential summer program, visit or email

Teaching Fellows, Residential Teaching Assistants, and Interns

National History Academy is passionate about teaching students American history through an innovative, place-based approach, and the National History Academy staff plays a vital role in this experience.

To this end, National History Academy is recruiting:

Teaching Fellows will receive room, board, and a $5,000 stipend. Counselors and Teaching Assistants will receive room, board, and a stipend. Staff training for all positions will take place June 25–29, with the program running June 30–July 27. 

The Institute welcomes the application of Affiliate School teachers and current college students in our network for these positions. Candidates who are interested in applying for a position should submit a resume and cover letter specifying the position and their interest in the National History Academy to Michelle Burrelli at