Housing, Dining, and Travel


Participants are highly encouraged to accept housing at Mabel Nelson Thurston Hall, which is located on The George Washington University campus. Participants who accept housing through GW will be assigned their own room with a twin xl bed, a desk/desk chair, closet space, a microwave, and a mini fridge. The dorm is equipped with accessible elevators and semi-private common restrooms with public sinks and spaces with private toilets and showers. Participants will have access to the dorm’s lounges, communal kitchen areas, and courtyard. If participants choose to stay at the dorm, a portion of their stipend will be used to cover the cost. This cost will be significantly cheaper than lodging alternatives in the surrounding area.

Participants who wish to arrange their own accommodations should be aware that hotels in the immediate area can cost up to $300 per night.


Participants will have the opportunity to take advantage of Washington DC’s wide variety of fine and casual dining options.


The Gilder Lehrman Institute will provide participants with pre-loaded SmarTrip® cards, valued at $36, for use on the DC Metrorail and Metrobus. All Metrorail stations, rail cars, and buses are accessible.

More detailed information regarding housing, dining, and travel will be provided to participants.