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Stipend for Participants

All participants in the Religious Worlds institute (and other 3-week residential NEH summer programs) receive a stipend of $2,850.  The stipend provides compensation to participants for their time commitment, and helps to defray participation costs such as travel, lodging, and meals.  Participants are required to cover their own costs for travel, lodging, and meals, and will be reimbursed (at least in part) by the stipend.  The stipend is considered taxable income.

The stipend will be paid by check in two equal installments — on the first day of the institute (July 8), and the first day of our third week together (July 22).  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.


Expectations of Participants

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, pro-rated 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, disruptive or threatening behavior, and repeated refusal to follow COVID safety policies.  For more on these important concerns, please consult the NEH Principles of Civility at

Evaluation:  NEH Summer Scholars are expected to evaluate their experience and report on their activities and accomplishments under the award.  Participants will be asked to report at the end of the seminar or institute on online forms provided by the Endowment.  However, submission of an evaluation is not required as a condition of one’s stipend.

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