Stipend & Expectations

Participating in an NEH summer program as an “NEH Summer Scholar” brings certain benefits and expectations.


Each participant will receive a stipend according to the duration of the Seminar or Institute, whether one ($1,200) two ($2,100), three ($2,700), or four ($3,300) weeks.* The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable.


Full-Time Study and Tenure: NEH Summer Seminar/Institute stipend recipients are expected to attend all meetings and devote full time to the activities for which the stipend was awarded during the announced period of the project. A stipend recipient may not accept a teaching assignment or undertake another major activity during the tenure of the award. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

Dismissal from the Program: All NEH Summer Scholars are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. This requires a respectful attitude toward fellow participants, faculty, guest lecturers, and others in all settings (program sessions, field trips, etc.). Unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and egregious or repeated violations of this principle will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program at the discretion of the Project Director. Reasons for dismissal may include, but are not limited to, repeated absences from scheduled activities and disruptive or threatening behavior.

Consult the NEH Principles of Civility, here: https://www.neh.gov/grants/principles-civility

Evaluation: All NEH Summer Scholars are required to evaluate their experience and report on their activities and accomplishments under the award. Participants will report at the end of the seminar or institute on online forms provided by the Endowment.

*For this one-week workshop, teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars will receive a $1,200 stipend at the end of the workshop session.

Lodging, Meals & Amenities

NEH Summer Scholars will be housed on campus at Tulane University for 6 nights, in single-occupancy rooms with linens provided. Estimated lodging and meal costs are $500-600, to be finalized in March 2019 and deducted from participant stipend.

Room Details:

  • Single Occupancy
  • Suite-style, shared bathroom with shower
  • Room includes; 1 Twin bed (extra long), desk, rack and/or drawer for clothes, small fridge, mirror and 2-drawer dresser
  • Linens provided include: 2 flat sheets, 1 blanket, 1 pillow, 1 pillowcase, 1 towel

Notes on Residence Hall:

  • There is an overhead light, but no desk lamp in rooms
  • NEH Summer Scholars will have use of residence hall kitchen, common area, and free laundry machines
  • There may be an additional bed in the single occupancy room
  • No smoking on campus at all


  • On-campus dining is available.
  • Participants can opt to receive a meal card (deducted from stipend) that covers an estimated 2 meals per day. Most participants choose this option to cover breakfast and lunch, then purchase dinner off-campus.
  • 1-2 additional meals may be deducted from the participant stipend in order to accommodate box lunch or community dinner aligned with workshop programming.


  • Amenities for the National/Residential Workshop include optional parking at $5 per day and free access to the Reily Center (fitness center).

Participants are responsible for air and/or ground travel to Tulane University, to be covered by the participant stipend.

For travel to off-campus sites for workshop activities, shuttle bus services will be provided at no cost to participants.

Plan to arrive at Tulane University by 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoon, in time to attend the opening reception and campus orientation.

On Friday, formal Workshop activities will end at 5:00 PM.

What to Expect
  • Climate & Clothing – New Orleans in July and August is, to put it mildly, HOT! We will be traveling off campus to other sites daily and some workshop activities take place outside, so be sure to dress in a cool and comfortable style with good walking shoes. Be prepared with rain gear, and note that inside locations are often heavily air-conditioned, so you will want to dress in layers, with a sweater or wrap.
  • Technology – Since we will be utilizing online materials throughout the workshop, we ask that Summer Scholars bring laptops or tablets if at all possible. If you are unable to bring one of these devices, we can work with you to accommodate technology needs.
  • Incidentals – Summer Scholars should bring personal care items, including shampoo, soap, and toothpaste, since typical hotel incidentals will not be available in on-campus housing. Be sure to consider sunscreen and insect repellent – these are summertime staples in New Orleans!
  • Non-smoking Campus – Note that there is no smoking anywhere on the Tulane University Campus, including residence halls, workshop rooms, dining halls, common areas and grounds. You must leave the campus in order to smoke.
  • Participation in All Elements of the Workshop – NEH summer Scholars will engage in intensive academic and cultural investigations, as part of a community of learners who are expected to participate in all elements of the workshop (completing pre-work assignments, attending and engaging in discussion during all sessions during the workshop, and sharing resources developed during the sessions). Please note that if you want to have an opportunity to explore our beautiful city or conduct research in one of her many archives, you will want to extend your trip! The workshop has a very full schedule and stipends and credit are dependent upon participation in all activities.
Professional Development Hours

We are partnering with Tulane University Teacher Certification Program to provide professional development hours for educators. Each NEH Summer Scholar will receive a certificate indicating completion of 40 hours.