Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will I receive my stipend check, and in what amount? 

You’ll receive your stipend in two installments: $2,000 on arrival in July, and $1,300 during the fourth week of the Seminar. For participants lodging in Kent State University facilities, the charges will be deducted from the first installment. The stipend checks will be issued by Kent State University. 

2. Is the stipend taxable? 

Yes, the full amount of $3,300 is considered taxable income. Kent State University will not withhold taxes from your check. You may want to talk to your own tax consultant to determine whether any of the expenses are deductible in your situation.

3. Will the amount of my stipend be enough to cover all of the costs associated with the Seminar?

In most cases, yes, but this depends on your spending choices.

4. When should I plan to arrive, and when will I leave? 

The Seminar begins on Monday, July 18 with a 3:00 p.m. orientation, followed by a Welcome Dinner. The Seminar ends with a dinner on Friday, August 12 and departure the next morning. For those lodging on campus, we have reserved housing from July 18 to August 13. Those who wish to arrive on Sunday, July 17 may do so by advance arrangement, for a small additional fee.

5. Will the lodging be comfortable?

The lodging is in modern, air-conditioned student dorms: clean but not fancy. You’ll have a twin bed, a private bathroom, a fridge, and a microwave. Kitchens are shared, with limited facilities.

6. Will there be much walking?

You’ll need to cross campus to the Seminar meeting room and library, and there will be a little walking when we visit the Cleveland Museum of Art and Stan Hywet Hall.

7. Can I bring my family or a partner?

Yes, but you may need to arrange your own housing. Though short-term guests are permitted, single rooms at Kent State University are for one person only. Couple housing may be available, but this isn’t guaranteed.

8. Am I eligible to apply?

Please read carefully the NEH Eligibility Criteria. Selection committees are required to give preference to applicants who have not participated in an NEH-sponsored summer program in the past three years (from 2013 on). Two places in the Seminar are available for graduate students. 

9. Can I send my application materials electronically?

No. Send materials by mail and make sure they are postmarked no later than March 1, 2016. Earlier would be better. A completed application consists of three collated copies of the following items:

  • the completed application cover sheet. 
  • a resume with contact information for two professional references. 
  • an application essay. 

10. When will applicants be notified? 

Successful applicants will be notified of their selection on Tuesday, March 31, 2016, and they will have until Friday, April 1 to accept or decline the offer. We hope to contact unsuccessful applicants by e-mail on March 31.