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. 

Arrival Date: Sunday, July 16th, before 3:00 PM

Make your airline or car travel arrangements now to ARRIVE on Sunday, July 16th, 2017. Consider the following before making your travel reservations and itineraries:

1. Arrive on Sunday BEFORE 3:00 PM. We have a welcome with light appetizers that is scheduled to begin promptly at 5:30 PM.

2. Make sure you’ve booked your flight early.

Departure Date: Sunday, July 30th, in the morning hours

Make your flight reservation now to DEPART on Sunday morning, July 30th, 2017. Consider the following before making your travel reservations and itineraries:

1. Depart on Sunday morning. We will not have any scheduled programming other than to fly out. Saturday is not an option for departure, since we have an evening program scheduled on Sat., July 29th.

2. Schedule your departure with enough time for check-out and to arrive at the airport.


Campus Map

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


Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception will be held on Sunday, July 16th, 2017, and will begin at 5:30 PM.

The location for the Welcome Reception is UTEP Miner Canyon Student Housing. It is located in the northwest area of campus at 3490 Sun Bowl Drive, El Paso, TX 79902. We will be in Boquillas Hall.

Campus Tour

A brief campus tour will be led by Juan Carlos Varela, our graduate research assistant, following the Welcome Reception on Sunday, July 16th, 2017. Although the tour is optional, we recommend it to become familiar with the campus and resources.

Depending on weather, it may be rescheduled as part of our lunch break on Mon., July 17th.


miner village

During the NEH Summer Institute, scholars will have the option to be housed on campus in a dormitory for guest housing. A UTEP Residence Life, Department of Housing, Guest Housing application must be completed before July 1, 2017 (download application HERE).

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.

Your housing assignment will be sent to your e-mail address by Thursday afternoon, July 13th, 2017. Be sure to write down the housing location and address for your arrival and check-in.

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 by July 12th, 2017.

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


Teachers selected to participate in our two-week project will receive a stipend of $2,100 (subject to taxes).

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 December 8, 2016.

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.