Housing & Stipend


For your convenience, we have arranged participants’ lodging at the Fairfield Inn & Suites at Homer’s Wharf in downtown New Bedford, a new Marriott hotel located across the street from New Bedford’s harbor and working waterfront, and within easy walking distance of the venues where the NEH Workshop will hold most of its sessions. All rooms are air-­conditioned and include two double beds, one bathroom, complimentary wired and wireless Internet, flat screen TVs, and a desk.

The approximate cost for single occupancy is $169 per night +tax (special NEH Workshop rate) with a hot buffet breakfast included. Alternately, rooms are available with two double beds that can be shared with a roommate for $84.50 per night + tax (double occupancy). Arrangements for roommates will need to be arranged on your own. Lunch and dinner costs are also on your own. There are many moderately priced cafés and restaurants within walking and shuttle distance to the hotel.

Stipend Payment and Conditions of Award

Teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars in each week-­long workshop will receive a stipend of $1,200.00. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location as well as housing and meals for the duration of the period spent in residence. NEH Summer Scholars are required to attend all workshop meetings and to engage fully in the work of the project. Stipends are taxable and will be paid on the final program day, upon completion of each workshop.

Participants who wish to obtain PD or CE credit, must do so through their own local district or school administration process. Teachers can present their NEH participation certificate as evidence of completion. Sailing to Freedom program directors can also write letters of completion if requested.

Participants are required to attend all scheduled meetings and fully participate as professionals in all activities. Participants who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

Note: Once you have accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars, or NEH Summer Institutes), you may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

At the end of the project’s residential period, NEH Summer Scholars will be asked to provide an assessment of their workshop experience, especially in terms of its value to their personal and professional development. These confidential online evaluations will become a part of the project’s grant file.

Physical exertion and recommendations

Please note that, outside the classroom, this NEH “Landmarks of American History and Culture” workshop requires participants to walk considerable distances in moderately hilly coastal urban cityscapes, often in the substantial heat and humidity typical of a New England summer day. Exploring historic sites on foot in New Bedford and Boston, therefore, requires a basic level of physical fitness and endurance. Prospective Summer Scholars are asked to consider these matters when deciding to apply to this workshop.

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