Summer Residency 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 humanities scholars be beyond the doctoral stage (or the equivalent for fields in which a terminal Master’s is standard).

How many Residents may we sponsor?
The Center puts no specific minimum or maximum limit on the number of scholars an institution may sponsor, although physical space will ultimately determine how many scholars we can accommodate. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Center will maintain a waitlist for those institutions who indicate interest in the program after our capacity has been reached.

Who pays?
Institutional sponsors pay $7,000 per scholar. For local sponsors, whose faculty do not need housing, the fee is $3,500 per scholar. Payments are due May 15, 2020.

What’s the timing?
Institutional sponsors who wish to send scholars to the National Humanities Center for this program must submit their Summer Residency MOU to the Center by December 2, 2019 in order to secure their spots. The names and contact information for those selected scholars must then be communicated to the Center no later than March 2, 2020. Invoices must be paid in full to the Center by May 15, 2020.

Whom should I contact with questions/to begin the process?
Administrators should contact Lynn Miller, Scholarly Programs Manager (919-549-0661).

What can Summer Residents expect?
Upon arrival at the Center, scholars 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 (July 20-August 14, 2020).

Scholars will have the ability to request library materials prior to their arrival between March 16 and June 22, 2020, via our library request system. These materials will be awaiting them when they arrive. Once in residence, scholars can make book requests until August 7, 2020 and digital requests until August 12, 2020.

Scholars will be housed at the Hyatt House RDU/Brier Creek. The hotel will include an in-room kitchenette, on-site laundry and dry cleaning services, free breakfast, free shuttle with a 5-mile radius (includes access to the National Humanities Center), wifi, free parking, indoor pool, gym, and restaurant/bar. Scholars should plan on supplying their own meals on weeknights and on weekends. For scholars who don’t drive, they can arrange transportation through the hotel shuttle, potentially 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–Monday, July 20, 2020. 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. Fellows have access to the Center 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.