Summer Residency Program FAQs | National Humanities Center


Summer Residency Program FAQs

Please read our frequently asked questions below for additional information regarding the Summer Residency Program.

How are Summer Residents selected?

We leave it up to sponsoring institutions to determine whom they wish to sponsor for a summer residency. We simply ask that they be humanities scholars, or working on a humanities project, who have completed a PhD or the equivalent for fields in which a terminal Master’s degree is standard.

How many Residents may we sponsor?

Each institutional sponsor may submit an initial MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for one scholar. If the number of MOUs received on or before December 6, 2023 exceeds the number of spaces available, the NHC will choose institutions, at random, to fill available spaces and start a wait list. If there are available spaces after December 6, 2023, institutions interested in sending more than one scholar will be contacted.

Who pays?

Institutional sponsors pay for the program. Transportation is paid by the sponsoring institution or the scholar.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

Administrators should contact NHC Scholarly Programs.

What can Summer Residents expect?

Upon arrival at the NHC, scholars will enjoy a private study overlooking the woods, library services, weekday breakfasts and lunches in our light-filled commons, as well as local housing for the four-week period.

Scholars will have the ability to request library materials prior to their arrival via our library request system. These materials will be awaiting them when they arrive. Once in residence, scholars may resume library requests.

Scholars will be housed at a local hotel. Scholars should plan on supplying their own meals on weeknights and on weekends, as the NHC provides breakfast and lunch on weekdays except when the NHC is closed for a federal holiday. For scholars who don’t drive, the hotel provides a shuttle at specific times of day, and you may be able to arrange a carpool with other scholars, or utilize taxi or ride-sharing services (like Uber or Lyft).

Scholars will receive a brief, mandatory orientation and tour of the building on opening day. After that, scholars are free to work on their projects as they wish during the rest of the program. Optional professional development luncheons will be scheduled throughout the month. Scholars have access to the NHC 24/7 during the program.

How can our institution become an Institutional Sponsor of the NHC?

Please direct inquiries about institutional sponsorship to Heidi Camp, vice president for institutional advancement.