Accommodations & Stipend

NEH Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $2,700 to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books and other research expenses, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable. Applicants should note that supplements to the stipend are not available from the NEH Summer Institute.


The Graduate Reading Room in Suzzalo Library at UW

Seminar and institute participants 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.  Participants who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project must refund a pro-rata portion of the stipend.

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.


Elm Hall

Summer scholars participating in the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute “City/Nature: Urban Environmental Histories” are encouraged to stay in the West campus dormitories on the campus of the University of Washington in order to build community.  For details on the UW housing we are encouraging visiting the West Campus Community website.

Click here to register/reserve lodging and a meal plan. You will be required to sigh up with Iris in order to register for the lodging/meal plans.

West Campus Dormitories

View west from Red Square at UW. Photo from

Our newest residence halls feature rooms with private restrooms and wireless Internet. The dormitories are ADA compliant and fully accessible.

West Campus is a vibrant community with ample social and educational activities and easy access to an exciting new, high-tech community center, classes, libraries, performing arts theaters, public transportation, fitness facilities and events, shopping and much more.

West Campus also boasts one of our All-You-Care-to-Eat (AYCE) dining facilities, Local Point at Lander Hall, full-service restaurant (Cultivate) and campus grocery store (District Market). For off-campus activities, guests have easy access to The Ave, a main business district for the university that hosts a number of restaurants, late-night activities and retail establishments.

Room Rates

  • $45.65 per night/per person, per night for double occupancy
  • $77.35  per night for single occupancy.


  • Linens (towel, washcloth, 1 flat sheet and 1 fitted sheet) and pillows are provided as are soap, a plastic drinking cup, toilet paper and a shower curtain. Clean linens are available on a weekly basis.
  • You will be able to rent a mini-fridge and microwave for $10.
  • Nearby parking is available; parking permits may be purchased for the duration of the institute.


We have arranged a daily, per person (required for all overnight guests)dining minimum of $10.00 per day on a pre-programmed meal card set for 21 days ($210). With fixed-price AYCE dining service, the guest may eat all they wish during the meal period, but food and beverage may not be removed from the dining facility. You are welcome to add more value to your card as you see fit. Additionally we will be providing the meals for six dinners for scholars and guest speakers to share as we continue our discussions from the day’s exploration.

The AYCE dining facilities are located in McMahon Hall on North Campus and in Lander Hall on West Campus. Meals in our AYCE dining facilities for the 2017 summer conference season are $9.50  for breakfast (served 7–9 a.m.), $11.50 for lunch (served 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) and $14.00 for dinner (served 5–7 p.m.).

Other campus dining locations offer meal service à la carte style. Guests using the preprogrammed debit dollar meal card can purchase food and beverage items at these à la carte venues using their available funds, or they can purchase individual meals at the AYCE dining facility. The AYCE dining facility and other campus dining venues accept cash, Visa and MasterCard.

Other Housing Options

If you so choose, there is also the possibility of participants staying in extended stay hotels, but the cost will be significantly higher than the residence hall. Finally, there may well be summer sublets available. These housing options are at the discretion of participants and the staff for the Summer Institute cannot help identify or book.