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Summer Institute

Stipend and Expectations

Participation in the Religious Worlds institute and other NEH summer programs as an NEH "summer scholar” brings with it certain benefits and expectations.



Participants in the Religious Worlds institute will receive a stipend of $2,700 to help pay for their travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses for the duration of the institute.  The stipend is considered taxable income.

The stipend will be paid by check in two equal installments, on Monday July 8th (the first day of the institute) and Friday July 19th (at the end of the second week).  For those summer scholars who choose to stay in on-campus housing, we will deduct a portion of your stipend (with your written agreement) to make advance payment for housing.



Full-Time Study and Tenure: NEH summer scholars 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: 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.  For more on these important concerns, please consult the NEH Principles of Civility at

Evaluation: 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.