Stipend and Duties



Participants in the Seminar receive a stipend of $3,300, payable in two installments ($2,000 on arrival, and $1,300 during the fourth week). Stipends are intended to help defray travel expenses to and from the Seminar location; books and other personal research expenses; and accommodation, meals, and other living expenses during the period in residence. For participants lodging in Kent State dormitories, charges will be deducted from the first stipend installment. See Housing and Facilities for information about costs. Any deductions will be approved by the participant through a signed document. Stipends are taxable.

Duties of Participants

Participants are required to attend all Seminar meetings and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the Seminar. During the Seminar's four-week residency (July 18 – August 13, 2016), you may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to your participation in the Seminar. Participants who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the Seminar will be required to refund a pro-rata portion of the stipend.

At the end of the Seminar's residential period, participants will be asked to submit online evaluations in which they review their work during the summer and assess its value to their personal and professional development.

Principles of Civility

Participants in all NEH-funded seminars, institutes, and workshops, are expected to abide by the NEH principles of civility. Individuals selected to participate in this seminar will be asked to acknowledge and abide by these principles as a condition of attendance. 

From the “Principles of Civility for NEH Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops”:

The Endowment's Seminars, Institutes, and Workshops are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse.

NEH Seminar, Institute, and Workshop presentations and discussions should be:

  1. firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis;
  2. conducted without partisan advocacy;
  3. respectful of divergent views;
  4. free of ad hominem commentary; and
  5. devoid of ethnic, religious, gender or racial bias.

Find more at NEH Grants Principles of Civility.