Stipend, Housing, & Travel Information

Selected participants in this three-week institute will receive a stipend of $2,700.  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.

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 will receive a reduced 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.

Many participants have chosen furnished apartments at Canterbury Court, just a few blocks from the library.  All studio and one bedroom apartments come with kitchens, private bathrooms with tub & shower, large walk-in closets, high ceilings, wall-to-wall carpeting, mini-blinds on all windows, and outlets for cable TV, phone, and high-speed internet. Air Conditioning optional at $160 monthly. Participants are responsible for bringing their own linens and kitchen supplies.  The current negotiated Newberry rates for summer 2018 are $1,650 for four weeks for a studio; $2,000 for a one bedroom. Availability subject to change.

Participant may also consult the Accommodations page on the Newberry website for the most up to date information on special negotiated room rates for Newberry program participants. Participants are free as well to make their own alternative housing arrangements through airbnb or other short term housing rental sites.

Getting to and from the airports

O’Hare International is located in northwest Chicago at the end of the north branch of the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) blue line train line. In the airport, follow signs that say “Train to City” to the blue line which runs 24 hours a day to Chicago’s loop and west side neighborhoods. The L-train ride from O’Hare costs $5.00; you can purchase tickets at machines at the airport (the same train to O’Hare costs the regular $2.25 fare). The trip time from O’Hare to downtown is approximately an hour. To get to north-side neighborhoods on the lakefront (including “Near North,” where you will find the Newberry Library!), you will need to transfer to another train line or a bus. If you will be bringing a great deal of luggage, you may prefer to take a cab, uber, or shuttle service from the airport.

Midway Airport is located in the city’s southwest, at the last stop on the CTA orange line. Again, depending on where you are staying, you may need to transfer to another train line or a bus or may opt for a cab, uber, or shuttle. The orange line train to downtown takes about an hour.

Cab fare runs about $45 to $60 from either airport, depending on your destination, and takes 40 minutes to an hour (or more), depending on traffic. At morning or evening rush hour, the trains are often the fastest option. Lyft and Uber operate out of both airports, and rates will vary. Shuttle services also are available at both airports; information counters are located in the lower level of O’Hare near the baggage claim area and in the main lobby area of Midway. To review airport terminal layouts and ground transportation, please visit the city’s airport webpage: