A stipend of $3,300 will be given to each NEH Summer Scholar. This will be paid in two payments, one upon arrival in Milledgeville, and the other upon the close of the Institute. Please note that we strongly encourage NEH Summer Scholars to reside in the Georgia College dorm, and for those who do so, payment for on-campus lodging will be deducted from the final payment of the stipend. The dorm rate for a single room will be $32 per night; so the total cost for lodging during the four-week institute is estimated at $928. Accordingly, and working with the $928 figure, this would mean that Institute participants who decide to stay in the dorm will be issued a check for $1,650 upon arrival and a second check for approximately $722 at the close of the Institute, conditional upon full and satisfactory participation and no incidental charges for housing.
Potential Summer Scholars should bear in mind that stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable.
Applicants to all projects should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses.
In addition to the stipend, the Institute and Georgia College will, occasionally, provide a meal for Summer Scholars, usually as part of another event. However, Summer Scholars are largely responsible for covering their dining costs (see the link to “Housing” for dining options.)
Also, the Institute covers the cost of travelling on site visits to Atlanta, Savannah, and the O’Connor farm, Andalusia, for scheduled events. See the link to “Site Visits” for more information about these short trips.
Conditions of the Award
- Institute Summer Scholars are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully as professionals in the work of the project.
- During the project's tenure, they may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project.
- Institute Summer Scholars should plan to remain in residence in Milledgeville, Mondays-Fridays, throughout the course of the Institute. Should an emergency arise that requires an absence, Summer Scholars should notify one of the co-directors.
- Summer Scholars who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project must refund a pro-rata portion of the stipend.
- Summer Scholars are expected to take part in a closing session in which they report to the Institute as a group on the course of their progress during the Institute, in particular the work they have done toward the future teaching, research, or publication projects.
- At the end of the project's residential period, NEH Summer Scholars will be asked to submit online evaluations in which they review their work during the summer and assess its value to their personal and professional development. These evaluations will become part of the project's grant file and assist both the co-directors and the NEH on possible future Institutes on O’Connor.
- Summer Scholars agree to abide by the terms for using materials from the O’Connor Collection as those terms are laid out by the Collection. This is especially important as it relates to publication, written or oral, of unpublished materials. However, it also includes the handling of the Collection materials while working with them.