What is the time period of the Institute?

The Institute runs from May 19 through June 30. The seminar will meet each Wednesday for 2-3 hours. Scholars will spend the remainder of their time working on a research project with a faculty mentor, and participating in regular events that take advantage of the resources of our nation's capital area. Some events will be scheduled on Fridays or weekends.


What do scholars get?

Each scholar is awarded a summer research grant, which includes a $1,000 stipend, plus either room and board to cover residency in Marymount University housing from May 19 to June 30, or a commuter meal pass to support commuters' time on campus. 

Can I get course credit for the Institute?

Not during the Summer Institute. However, you will walk away from the Institute with a well-developed body of research that would be an excellent preparation for further research in an independent study course, an honors tutorial, a senior thesis, or another research opportunity for credit.

Can I do other things during the Institute, like an internship or course?

Ideally, Humanities Research Scholars should be able to immerse themselves fully in the life of the mind offered during the Humanities Research Institute. Nevertheless, some students will want or need to maintain part-time employment, pursue other coursework, or do a summer internship. If that is the case, you will need to make the Institute your first priority, and demonstrate in your application the ability and maturity needed for self-directed research.

Do I need to have a specific research question in order to apply?

No. Articulating some thoughts on a topic you might pursue will be helpful in evaluating your ability to take full advantage of the Institute. At the same time, the seminar is intended to open new horizons for thought and research on the common theme, and it is likely that your research agenda will develop, and perhaps change, in response to that intellectual experience.