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Does one have to have a project focused on Rome itself to be considered?

No, the seminar welcomes projects that focus on reform and renewal in different geographical regions. In evaluating proposals, however, preference will be given to scholars who will benefit particularly from being in Rome because of their need to consult manuscripts, visit sites, collaborate with scholars, or utilize other resources.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate explicitly how their research will benefit directly from Roman resources.

Do graduate student participants receive stipends?

Yes, graduate students will receive the same stipend amount ($3900) as the other post-graduate participants.

When and how will participants receive their stipends?

Participants will receive the full amount of their stipends 30-45 days before the beginning of the seminar; therefore, between May 8 and May 22.

Do graduate students need to submit supplementary materials (e.g., writing samples) with their applications?

No, all applicants should submit the same dossier of materials. 

Is it possible to participate in the Leeds conference or other conferences while participating in the NEH Seminar?

Applicants considering involvement in conferences during the period of the seminar should contact the Seminar directors as soon as possible to discuss the specific situation.

What documents will I need to gain access to libraries and archives that I hope to use?

In addition to their passport and any institutional ID, participants are strongly advised to bring multiple copies of Letters of Introduction from their institutions (ideally, Dean of the Faculty, Provost, and a similar rank) on official letterhead paper, and signed/sealed.  It is also highly advisable to have identified specific items or collections that you would like to consult (i.e. your reason for wanting to use the collection).  For information regarding individual libraries' specific requirements as well as hours of operations, costs for photocopying/photography, the libraries' own websites are the best place for that information.

What publications should I bring for my research?

The answer to this question will vary widely depending on the scholar, working method, and the stage of research. But participants may check to see whether a given book or journal is available at the Academy or more generally in Rome by consulting the "Urbs" collective library catalogue here:  (It is possible to search titles in particular member libraries).