Summer Residencies at the National Humanities Center

Summer Residencies at the National Humanities Center
Summer residents in the NHC Commons

The 2021 Summer Residency Program at the National Humanities Center remains on pause as we continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions, as well as related advisories and guidance. While the information that follows is a description of our typical program, please check back with us in 2021 for an update on this programming.

Scholars from NHC Institutional Sponsor universities are exclusively eligible to participate in a four-week summer residency program intended to assist in jump-starting or making substantial progress on a current project.

Summer Residents are provided individual offices in our quiet, light-filled glass building in the woods of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. They have access to their offices 24/7 during their residencies. Our renowned library staff assists Residents in procuring all books needed for their research by the time they arrive, as well as any requests during their time in residence.

Residents are housed in a hotel located near the Center and provided with continental breakfast and a full lunch from our in-house chef and baker Monday through Friday. Lunch in our Commons is famous for the vibrant exchange of ideas and synergistic discussions that inevitably lead to enhanced scholarly output.

Through this program, faculty from our sponsoring institutions can experience a concentrated period of supported research and scholarship in this world-renowned setting. Scholars who have participated in the Center’s programs have called it an “intellectual nirvana” and have often remarked that the contemplative space and intellectual community provided by the Center contributed significantly to the ultimate quality of their work, which includes over 1,500 published volumes.

Deans and department chairs might consider this opportunity for faculty to reward stellar mid-career or senior researchers, assist junior faculty members in progress toward tenure, help faculty in need of an opportunity to resurrect a long-term project, assist those in a transition from a service or teaching overload, use this opportunity as a recruitment or retention tool, or provide an opportunity for administrators to focus on their research.

Selection Process

Sponsoring universities establish their own internal selection process and communicate the number of scholars they wish to sponsor to the Center. It is noteworthy that we typically have more requests than we ultimately accommodate so space is awarded on a first come, first served basis. The Center will maintain a waitlist for those institutions who indicate interest after our capacity has been reached.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Tentatively June 7–July 2, 2021


The cost of a summer residency is $7,000 and covers housing, the above-mentioned meals, office, library, and administrative support. Residents are responsible for their own transportation to North Carolina and while at the Center.


Please direct any questions to Lynn Miller, Scholarly Programs Manager.