NEH Institute participants will be granted a $3,900 stipend to defray their expenses, including transportation to Washington, DC, food, and housing. Participants will receive one-half of their stipend on the first day and their second half of their stipend at the half-way point in the institute.

NEH Institute participants are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully in all project activities. Scholars who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend. Please note that these stipends are taxable.


During the institute transportation between the George Mason campus and various resource sites will be provided at no charge via metro cards and private bus hires. Most of the meals will be “on your own”; at least two dinners will be a part of the formal program. On-campus eateries are able to accommodate special dietary needs, including vegan and halal. Readings and other expenses associated with the institute’s work will be provided.


NEH Summer Scholars should expect to arrive on the George Mason University campus, before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, 2014. Scholars will fly out of Washington on Saturday, August 7. Participants will be able to choose between accommodation at Marriott Residence Inn (roughly $100/night) or campus dormitories (estimated at $50/night). The Southside Residence contains both dorm rooms and a cafeteria offering a variety of ethnic foods and old favorites.(These rates have not been confirmed. Please check back in in mid-February for firm prices.) The Residence Inn does provide modest cooking facilities and public transportation to the GMU campus. Because GMU is a relatively new, planned campus the dormitories are conveniently located close to the university's central mall, library, student union, and athletic facilities. The dorm rooms will either be suite-style housing or apartments. Participants will also be able to share accommodations, thereby, reducing housing costs further. Housing Services plans to utilize apartment-style accommodations with a combination of single and double bedroom units. All apartments are furnished with furniture and kitchen appliances. Guests must provide their own utensils, kitchenware, pots, pans, and so forth. For the living spaces, Housing Services will provide bed linens. The housing office does recommend that participants who would like “comforts of home” bring their favorite pillow or blanket. All of the residence halls have laundry facilities in the building. These are coin operated (quarters) and cost $1.50 per cycle (wash or dry).