Accommodations and Expenses

NEH Summer Seminar, July 13-31, 2020 for K-12 Teachers

Stipend and Costs

Old Main and Christ ChapelEach NEH Summer Scholar will receive a stipend of $2,700, which will be dispensed in two equal checks, one after arrival, and the other at the end of the seminar (Please note that stipends are taxable.) The cost of housing and food will be approximately $1,500, depending on which meal-plan the Scholar chooses (detailed below). In addition to housing and food, NEH Scholars will be responsible for their own travel to and from the seminar site at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. There is an airport shuttle from the Minneapolis airport to St. Peter. All other program-related expenses such as books, museum entrances, and seminar-related travel will be covered. 

Housing and Facilities

Linnaeus ArboretumParticipants will be living in the 2 bedroom apartments at Arbor View West on the Gustavus Adolphus campus. Each Scholar will have their own private bedroom and bathroom, but will share a kitchen, dining space, and living room with another scholar. The apartments are also furnished with sofas, dining room table and chairs, a dresser, desk and desk chair for each occupant. Washers and dryers are provided in the building with computer access available in each apartment. For the layout of the apartments see the following plan. The total cost for 3 weeks of housing will be approximately $1,100 and will be subtracted from the first half of your stipend payment.

Arbor View West is located at the edge of Linnaeus Arboretum, a 150 acres of prairies, woodlands and ponds for exploration and study; miles of trails for running, walking, or biking; and beautiful gardens and open space for events and gatherings. It is also just 5 minutes walk from the Gustavus library, our main classroom building, Lund Athletic Center, and the dining hall. All Scholars will have full access to the library, gym and pool facilities. There is also free parking available on campus.

The small town of Saint Peter surrounds campus and offers various amenities including parks, a community center, and shopping, including a very good health food store, The Saint Peter Food Coop.


Summer Scholars have the option of eating at the Market Place, a buffet-style dining hall on the Gustavus campus. Scholars can either choose to pay à la carte or a fixed fee of $26.25 per day that covers all meals. Most Scholars in previous years have made use of the apartment kitchens and local shopping for some or all of their meals. Be aware, however, that the kitchens are not equipped with pots, pans, or cups, plates and cutlery. The opening dinner and Roman style banquet will be covered by the seminar.