NEH Summer Stipends Terms and Conditions

To accept the summer stipend, you must complete, sign, and return the acceptance form to the NEH Summer Stipends Program by scanning and e-mailing it to or faxing it to (202) 606-8204 by the deadline indicated in your offer letter.  If you have questions, contact the Summer Stipends Program at (202) 606-8200.

Terms and Conditions of Award

A.  Time Commitment:  You are required to devote two consecutive months of full-time work to the project described in your summer stipend application. You may not accept a teaching assignment or undertake any activities that divert you from your summer stipend project during the tenure of the award. Summer stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for holding tenure at other times of the year. If you desire an award tenure that falls outside the period from May 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018, send a request by email explaining the circumstances to the Summer Stipends Program at or call the Summer Stipends Program staff at (202) 606-8200.

B.  Concurrent Funding:  You may hold other, non-NEH sources of support (e.g., sabbaticals and supplemental funding) or grants for the same project as your NEH-supported project during your summer stipend term.  You may not, however, accept or hold more than one NEH individual award (e.g., Fellowship, Public Scholar, or Summer Stipend) in a given fiscal year.  Nor may you work on a project supported by an NEH institutional award as either a project director or participant while holding an NEH individual award.  NEH summer stipends require continuous, full-time work.  In some cases there are additional restrictions.  Please contact staff before accepting your award if you have questions about multiple awards.

B.  Project Changes:  Award recipients may make minor changes in the projects described in their applications without consulting the NEH.  However, any significant change must be approved in advance.  Recipients should describe and justify the changes to the NEH in writing so that it may be determined whether the new plans fall within the intent of the award.

C.   Activities Outside the United States:  It is your responsibility to secure the necessary passports, visas, licenses, permits, and approvals or other required documents prior to undertaking activities outside the United States.  You must notify NEH if a permit is denied or revoked after an award has been issued, or if an unforeseen circumstance, such as a natural disaster or political turmoil, threatens or prevents you from carrying out project activities.

NEH does not assume responsibility for recipient compliance with the laws and regulations of the country in which work is to be conducted.

You should consult the updated travel advisories and warnings issued by the State Department through the American Citizens Services at (202) 647-5225 or fax service (202) 647-3000 or at the State Department’s Web site (

D.  Changes in Project Scope or Plan of Work:  Your project must be consistent with the scope of the proposal that NEH has approved for funding. The scope of a project encompasses the purpose for which the award is undertaken, the subject matter, the treatment of the subject matter, the plans for travel, and the products that are expected to result. You must also adhere to the plan of work you specify when you accept the award, including the period of the award and your time commitment to the project during that period. You must describe and justify in writing any proposed changes in your project's scope or your plan of work so that NEH can determine whether they fall within the intent of the award.

E.  Work Leading toward Degrees:  You may not enroll in a degree program or engage in work you intend to apply toward a degree either now or later.

F.  Resignation or Termination:  Your summer stipend may be terminated by NEH if, for any reason, you resign or discontinue your project before the end of the summer stipend term or fail to observe the award’s terms and conditions.  If you resign before the end of your term, you must return any funds received over and above those to which you are entitled.

If during the course of your summer stipend you are unable to meet the terms of the award, then you are obliged to inform NEH immediately so that appropriate action may be taken.  Because stipend payments are made in advance, it may be determined that a portion of the stipend must be returned to NEH; if this is the case, NEH will inform you of the amount that must be repaid, the basis for the calculation, and the date by which repayment must be made.

G.  Final Report:  You must submit a final performance report on activities accomplished with your NEH award. This report is due within 90 days after the conclusion of your term. A final financial report is not required.

The final performance report must be submitted electronically via eGMS Reach, NEH's online grant management system at   At the welcome screen, enter your eGMS Reach username, which appears in parentheses next to your name in the "RECIPIENT CONTACTS” box of the Official Notice of Action that will be included with your award letter. Then click “Sign in help,” select the appropriate radio button, and click “Send.”  An e-mail message will be sent to you with a link to create a new password.  Once in eGMS Reach, follow the prompts for writing and submitting your final report.

H.  Acknowledgment of NEH:  All materials publicizing or resulting from activities accomplished under an award (e.g., books or articles) must contain an acknowledgment of NEH support.  The acknowledgment must also include the following statement: “Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (website) do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

I.  Sending Products to NEH:  One copy of all award products should be forwarded to NEH as soon as they are available, no matter how long after grant completion the publication may appear.

J.  Copyright:  Although there is no formal requirement that you publish the results of your investigations, most award recipients intend to do so.  You may copyright any material produced as a result of summer stipend activities, and you may make the results of your work available to the public without restriction from NEH.

K.  Research Misconduct:  NEH may take appropriate action against individuals or organizations upon a determination that misconduct has occurred in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or reporting results from research activities funded by NEH in accordance with the NEH Research Misconduct Policy.

L.  Prohibition on the Use of Funds for Lobbying Activities:  The Byrd Anti-Lobbying Amendment, 31 U.S.C. 1352, prohibits recipients of federal contracts, awards, cooperative agreements, and loans from using appropriated funds to influence the Executive or Legislative Branches of the federal government in connection with a specific contract, award, cooperative agreement, loan, or any other award covered by §1352. 18 U.S.C. 1913 makes it a crime to use funds appropriated by Congress to influence members of Congress regarding congressional legislation or appropriations. Finally, the following are unallowable charges to award funds or cost sharing: certain electioneering activities, financial support for political parties, attempts to influence federal or state legislation either directly or through grass-roots lobbying, and some legislative liaison activities.

The NEH is required by the provisions of its appropriations act to include the text of 18 U.S.C. 1913 in all of its award, cooperative agreement, and contract documents.

Text of 18 U.S.C. 1913:

No part of the money appropriated by any enactment of Congress shall, in the absence of express authorization by Congress, be used directly or indirectly to pay for any personal service, advertisement, telegram, telephone, letter, printed or written matter, or other device, intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress, a jurisdiction, or an official of any government, to favor, adopt, or oppose, by vote or otherwise, any legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation, whether before or after the introduction of any bill, measure, or resolution proposing such legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation; but this shall not prevent officers or employees of the United States or of its departments or agencies from communicating to any such Member or official, at his request, or to Congress or such official, through the proper official channels, requests for any legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriations which they deem necessary for the efficient conduct of the public business, or from making any communication whose prohibition by this section might, in the opinion of the Attorney General, violate the Constitution or interfere with the conduct of foreign policy, counter-intelligence, intelligence, or national security activities. Violations of this section shall constitute violations of section 1352(a) of title 31.

M.  Medical Insurance and Other Fringe Benefits:  NEH provides neither medical insurance nor any other fringe benefits for award recipients. It is therefore recommended that you continue the benefit programs in which you are participating.  Unemployment compensation and Social Security insurance are not covered because award recipients are not employees of the U.S. Government.

N.  Income Tax: The tax laws governing summer stipend awards were amended by the Tax Reform Act of 1986, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the courts decide the extent to which a particular award is taxable.  NEH does not withhold taxes from stipends. Nor does NEH send to award recipients an IRS form W-2 or IRS form 1099. You should familiarize yourself with the tax laws to determine the tax liability of your summer stipend and whether you are entitled to deduct any expenses in connection with your award. The IRS has not advised NEH concerning tax treatment of summer stipend awards, and NEH cannot provide tax advice or answers to tax questions. 

OStipend Amount:  The summer stipend is a lump sum amount of $6,000.

P.  Payment Procedures:  Once NEH receives your completed and signed acceptance form (see Acceptance Form and Instructions), you will be sent an award letter and Notice of Action that includes instructions explaining how to submit your banking information to the NEH Accounting Office. We ask that you do not submit your banking information until you receive your award letter. At that time, you will be required to submit to the NEH Accounting Office the ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment Enrollment Form (Standard Form 3881). To do this, you will complete the form and print a copy for signature (the signature must be hand written, not typed) by the authorized certifying official at your bank or institution. Return the signed form to the NEH Accounting Office either by scanning and emailing it to or by faxing it to (202) 688-2613. Your NEH-assigned award number (beginning with FT) must be on the ACH form (under “Agency Information”) for payment to be made.