Travel & Stipend


Participants will be responsible for their travel arrangements to El Paso. Plan your airline or car travel now and expect to pay yourself back once you receive the first payment of your stipend.  

Stipend and Expectations

Participating in an NEH summer program as an “NEH Summer Scholar” brings certain benefits and expectations.


Each participant will receive a stipend according to the duration of the Seminar or Institute, whether one ($1,200) two ($2,100), three ($2,700), or four ($3,300) weeks. The stipend is intended to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. Stipends are taxable.


Full-Time Study and Tenure: NEH Summer Seminar/Institute stipend recipients are expected to attend all meetings and devote full time to the activities for which the stipend was awarded during the announced period of the project. A stipend recipient may not accept a teaching assignment or undertake another major activity during the tenure of the award. Those who, for any reason, do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

Dismissal from the Program: All NEH Summer Scholars are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. This requires a respectful attitude toward fellow participants, faculty, guest lecturers, and others in all settings (program sessions, field trips, etc.). Unprofessional behavior will not be tolerated and egregious or repeated violations of this principle will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program at the discretion of the Project Director. Reasons for dismissal may include, but are not limited to, repeated absences from scheduled activities and disruptive or threatening behavior.

Consult the NEH Principles of Civility, here:

Evaluation: All NEH Summer Scholars are required to evaluate their experience and report on their activities and accomplishments under the award. Participants will report at the end of the seminar or institute on online forms provided by the Endowment.

Campus Map

The UTEP Campus map can be viewed here or downloaded as a PDF here.


Welcome Reception


Campus Tour



miner village

During the NEH Summer Institute, scholars will have the option to be housed on campus in a dormitory for guest housing. 

The UTEP Dept. of Residence Life will be assigning Summer Scholars, who signed up for housing, to a community in Miner Canyon. Please visit the website and become familiar with the location and rooms. The costs posted are for semesters, which do not apply to our Institute. In addition, please download the Contract for Community document.

Lodging will cost $25.00 a night ($25 per night X 14 nights = $350.00).

With the application submission, the scholars agree to have the rate, plus additional taxes, paid from their stipend in advance.

All apartments are designed to house two individuals. Each apartment has two separate bedrooms, a shared bathroom, kitchen, and living area.

The housing administrator will make every effort to pair roommates by gender.

The rate of each furnished apartment includes the following (note that meals are not included):

1. Full kitchen
2. Semi-private bath
3. Wireless Internet
4. Refrigerated air conditioning
5. Linen
6. Free parking with guest parking
7. Parking permit

Single units may be available at a higher cost. Include this request in your UTEP residence application.

Scholars seeking housing for a spouse and other family members may seek housing at UTEP or find additional accommodations on their own and off campus. Include this request in your housing application.

You may, if you choose, seek alternate accommodations such as Airbnb.

There are times when people feel the need for a little extra security. This could be due to a personal issue or other security concern. The UTEP Police Department will provide safety escorts to all locations on campus 24 hours a day. Police Officers and Public Safety Officers provide this service. Students may request a Safety Escort by calling the UTEP Police Department at (915) 747-5611 or by using one of the “Blue-Light” emergency phones on campus or the emergency phones located in various hallways and elevators of buildings. 

Mailing and Street Addresses

The address to receive USPS mail and special packages to your housing residence will be provided by UTEP Department of Residence Life.

The addresses to the housing complexes of the UTEP Department of Residence Life are posted here.

Additional Stipend Information

Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, housing, food, and basic research expenses. The Institute will cover the cost of your books as well as any fees to museums and historical sites.

Participants who cannot, or choose not to complete the full tenure of the project—including attendance, participation, and e-portfolio—will receive a reduced stipend.

As such, Institute participants are required to attend and actively participate in all Institute meetings, planned field trips, and e-portfolio requirements. Summer Scholars must devote their full attention to the Institute and not engage in outside professional activities unrelated to the Institute’s goals and activities.


Expenses and Meals

El Paso is a relatively inexpensive city (download estimated expenses sheet HERE). Food is cheap, depending on where you eat. In the vicinity of the University, expect to spend anywhere from $10.00 – $25.00 for dinner. There are several off-campus restaurants within reach on foot, and public transportation is available to downtown El Paso.



If you are bringing your own vehicle to UTEP, be advised that you will need a parking permit to park on UTEP property.

Taxis are a bit more expensive from the airport and in the city, so Über may be a better alternative. There is a fairly cheap and reliable bus system that can take you most anywhere in El Paso.


Traveling to Mexico

NEH is not responsible for incidents that may occur if you choose to cross into México. The Institute will take place in El Paso, Texas, with a brief, optional excursion to Mesilla, New Mexico.

There are no travel restrictions into Ciudad Juárez. However, parts of Ciudad Juárez remain dangerous for residents and travelers. A U.S. Passport is required.

Please review the following travel warning that was last updated on August 22, 2018.

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of México due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas. U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states.

Ciudad Juarez: Exercise caution in all areas. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling after dark west of Eje. Juan Gabriel and south of Boulevard Zaragoza. Defer non-essential travel to the areas southeast of Boulevard Independencia and the Valle de Juárez region.