Housing, Travel, & Stipends

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Flights and Accommodations

Helena Regional Airport (HLN) is located 10 minutes from Carroll College. Rides will be arranged for scholars arriving to HLN.  Other regional airports such as Bozeman (BZN), Great Falls (GTF), and Missoula (MSO) are within a 1-2 hour drive of Helena and often offer competitive prices and itineraries, but scholars arriving to these airports will need to rent a car to get to Helena.

In order to foster an environment of collaboration and collegiality, seminar participants are strongly encouraged to reside on the Carroll College campus. Accommodations are available in Trinity Hall, which has suites with four private bedrooms, a shared kitchen, and shared bath. The room rates in Trinity Hall are $32.50 per day for each bedroom. The priority for lodging is for seminar participants. Depending on availability, participants may be able to reserve an entire suite or seek to share suites with fewer than three other participants. The rate for an entire suite is $104 per day. Trinity Hall has coin-operated laundry facilities.   

Participants will need lodging for the Carroll College portion of the seminar for July 10-23 and July 28. During our time at Yellowstone National Park (July 23-27), we will be lodging at the Yellowstone Studies Center. Lodging at YSC is reserved in advance, so all participants are required to lodge at this facility. The lodging rates at the Yellowstone Studies Center are $15 per day over four nights ($60.00 total). The bedding at this facility is cots, so participants should expect to bring a sleeping bag and pillow with them. We have limited space at the YSC and cannot host seminar participants’ families. Finally, participants should pack their luggage in anticipation of bringing all of their belongings with them to the Yellowstone Studies Center during our stay there.  

All NEH Summer Scholars will have access to Carroll College’s library and athletic facilities. In addition to its regular resources, the library houses a computer lab. The athletic center has cardio equipment, weight rooms, and a rock climbing wall. Wi-fi will be freely available on campus.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available Monday through Friday in the Carroll College dining hall. Brunch and dinner are available on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is service 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, lunch is served 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, dinner is served 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and brunch is served 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

There are grocery stores, restaurants, and other amenities within walking distance of Carroll College. Scholars should be able to tend to all necessities without a car. Parking will be available on campus for those who choose to rent or bring cars. Though not comprehensive, this Google Map identifies recommended amenities in Helena.   

Weather

Summers conditions in Montana are generally hot and dry during the day, with mild evenings. Average high temperatures during July in Helena are 83° F with lows of 52° F.

Temperatures in Yellowstone are generally cooler, with July highs averaging 78° and lows averaging 41°. Be sure to check the weather app on your phone or a web site like The Weather Channel to review conditions at both locations prior to your arrival.

What to Bring

Scholars are encouraged to bring personal computing resources (laptops, tablets, etc.). The seminar directors may be able to assist those who cannot bring such resources, if given advance notice.

Given the outings included in the seminar program, scholars are encouraged to bring sunhats, water bottles, and appropriate footwear for mild hiking to ensure their comfort. They will also need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow for our time at the Yellowstone Studies Center.

Stipends

Teachers selected to participate in the seminar will receive a stipend of $2,700. Half of this amount will be disbursed at the beginning of the seminar. The remaining half will be disbursed at the end of the second week of the seminar.

Stipends are intended defray the costs of travel to and from Helena, accommodations during the seminar, meals, books, and ordinary living expenses. Supplements will not be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses.

Stipends are taxable income.  

Seminar 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.