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American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Stipends and Housing

NEH Summer Scholars will receive the NEH-stipulated stipend of $2,100 to cover their expenses during the two weeks of the institute. The first check will be paid during the first week and the second during the second week. (Payment will require completing a W9 form, including your Social Security number, and taxes will apply to this stipend.)  Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses.  Applicants should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses.

Institute participants are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the program.  Partcipants who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the program must refund a pro-rata portion of the stipend.

Participants needing accommodations will be responsible for securing reservations or other arrangements prior to the institute. The CUNY Graduate Center does not have dormitory or temporary housing accommodations. The Housing Recommendations document suggests several choices for reasonably priced rooms for participants, but you are encouraged to also contact metropolitan New York City hotels, bed and breakfasts, and college/university dorms for housing. Each facility will have residence rules and procedures. Be sure to review payment, guest visitations, food, laundering policies, among others to secure a comfortable stay. The cost for housing is paid out of your $ 2,100 per scholar stipend. You are responsible for paying your housing costs directly to your vendor.

As a tourist center, New York offers many forms of short-term accommodation—but they also can be expensive. You, therefore, may find that you will have to supplement your NEH stipend.  You also should expect to take public transportation on a daily basis to and from your residence to the Graduate Center—or, on occasion, to other archive/museum venues around the city.

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