Stipend for Participants
All participants in the Religious Worlds institute (and other 3-week NEH summer programs) receive a stipend of $2,850 to help pay for their travel, housing, meals, and 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 over the course of the institute. 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.
Small Grants for Dissemination Activities
During the school year following the institute, all participants will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $750 to support dissemination activities — sharing insights or information from the summer institute with their peers. Grant-funded activities might include (but are not limited to) conducting professional development workshops, giving conference presentations, writing/blogging for a professional audience, or creating a social media campaign.
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 https://www.neh.gov/grants/principles-civility.
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.