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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 they be humanities scholars who have completed the PhD or the equivalent for fields in which a terminal Master’s degree 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.

What’s the timing?
The National Humanities Center will make a decision in early 2021 about whether it will hold its June 2021 Summer Residency Program. If the program is held, Institutional sponsors who wish to send scholars to the National Humanities Center for this program would submit their Summer Residency MOU to the Center in spring of 2021 in order to secure their spots. The names and contact information for those selected scholars must then be communicated to the Center shortly thereafter. Invoices would be due prior to the start of the program. The 2021 program is tentatively scheduled to begin June 7, 2021 and end on July 2, 2021.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?
Administrators should contact Lynn Miller, Scholarly Programs Manager (919-549-0661).

What can Summer Residents expect?
Upon arrival at the Center, 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 Center provides breakfast and lunch on weekdays. For scholars who don’t drive, they may be able to arrange transportation through a hotel shuttle (if operating), 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. 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 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.