2019 Program Details


Our base for the first two weeks is the Hostelling International Hostel in Hyannis, MA. There, we will rent the entire hostel. We will have sole use of the fully-equipped kitchen, the common room, and other facilities. The hostel isn’t fancy but the location is prime – right on the harbor and within walking distance of the beach and other outdoor activities, shops and restaurants .

The full cost of lodging for the Summer Institute (22 nights) is $1,405.  Lodging costs will be deducted from the $2,700 stipend.  All Summer Scholars are encouraged to stay with the group at the Hyannis Hostel (14 nights @ $75), the Martha’s Vineyard hostel (1 night @ $40) and the dorms at Bridgewater State University (7 nights @ $45).  The cost of the Hyannis Hostel is higher because we are renting the entire facility. The “extra” cost of an overnight stay on Martha’s Vineyard is required because of the travel time from Hyannis to Aquinnah– about three hours each way, including a ferry ride. The logistics make it impossible to check out from the Hyannis hostel for that one night. Note: Summer Scholars who prefer to stay in other places will have plenty of options if they plan in advance, although the cost will likely be higher.  Cape Cod is a prime tourist destination in the summer months.

Dining Options

The $2700 stipend is meant to help defray expenses, including meals. On certain field trip days, we need to order and pre-pay for meals. We will deduct $100 from each person’s stipend for this purpose. In the first two weeks, the Hyannis hostel has a fully-equipped kitchen where people can cook together or individually.  A wide variety of restaurants are available within walking distance.  Bridgewater State University, our home for Week 3, has small kitchens in the dorms, as well as the option of purchasing a meal plan or individual meals in the campus dining areas. 

PDPs and Graduate credit

Summer Scholars will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the three-week Institute that can be translated into professional development points (or their local equivalent) in the participant’s home district. Anyone who seeks graduate course credit must make arrangements separately with the co-directors and register through UMass Continuing & Professional Education for an additional tuition fee.