Participating in an NEH summer program as an “NEH Summer Scholar” brings certain benefits and expectations.

Stipend: Each participant will receive a stipend of $2,200. The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable. In addition, participants can select two picture books for their home classroom library from our curated list at the conclusion of the institute. Project applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the program and to participate in its work on a full-time basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the program, it shall be the recipient institution’s responsibility to see that only a pro rata share of the stipend is received or that the appropriate pro rata share of the stipend is returned if the participant has already received the full stipend.

Lodging: Bates College will make basic housing in college dormitories available to participants. Many homeowners offer AirBNB in Lewiston and surrounding towns, including Bath, Brunswick and Portland. Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID–19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change. As of November 2021, all participants in the workshop will be required to provide proof of vaccination, and mask for the in-person, indoor components of the summer institute. Current Bates College COVID-19 guidelines can be found here.

Depending on public-health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Inclusion is at the core of our summer institute. Please contact the program directors with any specific questions that would help make our program more accessible to you.


Bates housing and meal cost:


  Single: $35.00 per day

  Double: $30.00 per day


$14.00 per set (Sheets, Pillows/Cases, Blanket, Towels, Facecloth)


 $29.00 per day (3 meals)

Transportation: Consult this guide for tips getting to and from local airports & getting around in Maine.

Evaluation: All 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.

Code of Conduct: The NEH expects and promotes an ethos of civility in its institute programming and has developed a set of guidelines for participants. 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 an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse. 

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, disability, or racial bias.