Information for New Fellows
The Research Department can offer assistance with locating accommodation for research fellows and maintains a housing list for this purpose. Due to the number of fellows arriving each year, we recommend securing housing as soon as possible. Furnished rooms, apartments, and houses are often available for rent but generally not within walking distance of The Huntington. The cost of housing in the Pasadena area is comparable to that in most large American cities, but please note that levels of rent in San Marino itself are very high. More affordable options may be found in neighboring cities including Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge, and Eagle Rock. All housing arrangements are between you and the renter; The Huntington is not a party to renter agreements nor assumes responsibility for the appropriateness of housing, liability for any injuries, accidents, illnesses, etc. resulting from or related to housing. Request housing information
SabbaticalHomes.com, is an internet-based home-finding resource for the academic community. Interested parties need not be on sabbatical to use the service, as it was created to serve PhD students, professors, researchers, writers, artists, and scientists whether traveling for sabbatical, academic research, writing retreats, or just time-off. For those wishing to offset the cost of temporary accommodations, they also allow users the option to list their own property for home rental, exchange, sitting or sharing while away.
Tax Status (US Citizens)
All Huntington fellowships are grants to the recipients to pursue their own scholarly research. No federal income tax will be withheld from your payment. However, a Form 1099-MISC will be issued to you so that you can declare your payment. If you are a non-resident of California, we are required to withhold a flat 7% of the amount paid for State of California taxes as well as issue you a California Form 592-B.
Tax Status (Foreign Grantees)
All Huntington fellowships are grants to enable recipients to pursue their own scholarly research in the collections. Although The Huntington is required to withhold federal taxes from the individual's stipend payments, the amount of the withholding can only be determined once you have completed the “Foreign National Information Form,” which will provide us with the information about the tax treaty that applies between the United States and your country of residence, if any. You will be asked to complete this form when you start your fellowship.
You will also be required to provide a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. While it is not necessary to have either before you arrive, you may not claim tax exemption under the terms of any tax treaty without one, and we will be required to withhold taxes at a rate of 37% (30% federal; 7% state). If you have a Social Security Number, please bring it with you. If you do not have a Social Security Number, we will assist you in obtaining this benefit when you begin your fellowship. The Huntington is also required to withhold for State of California taxes a flat 7% of the stipend. If you are a foreign grantee, you may assume approximately 21% of your stipend will be withheld for federal and state taxes.
At the end of the year, The Huntington will provide you with a Federal Form 1042-S and California Form 592-B which summarizes your Huntington income and the tax withheld. This information will help you prepare your individual income tax returns. If The Huntington stipend is your only US income during the year, it is likely that you will be eligible for a tax refund. The forms are generated and mailed by January 31.
Scholars must remain in residence at The Huntington during the entire fellowship period without any major interruptions or absences. If you decide to stay for a shorter period than that stated in your award letter, the amount of the stipend will be reduced on a pro rata basis. No award will be made for a period of less than one month (twenty business days.) You are responsible for notifying the Director of Research of any change in the length of your stay. You are welcome to stay for a longer period, however, the amount of the stipend will not be increased. Your award period may begin at any time within the year for which the grant was made—the earliest you can start is June 1 in any given year, and the latest is June 30 in the following year (13 months later). Fellowships may not be postponed to a later award year.
Payment of Stipends
Payment of stipends will be made once per month on the first Thursday of each calendar month following the month in residence. Fellowship recipients must have filled out the "Grantee Payment Request Form" and begun their research at least six business days before the end of the month to receive the first stipend by the first Thursday of the following month. If you arrive within the last five business days of the month, you will be paid on the third Thursday of the following month, not on the first Thursday. A business day is defined as Monday through Friday. (Example: To receive the stipend on Oct. 1, 2020, you must have begun the fellowship by no later than Sept. 23, 2020.) Final stipend checks will be mailed or wired, if necessary, after you have departed The Huntington.
It is important for fellows to arrange sufficient funding to cover their expenses until the first monthly stipend is received. No advances will be authorized. An ATM card and/or a credit card will be invaluable to you. An Automatic Teller Machine is located in the entrance pavilion area. Stipend checks can also be cashed in the Business Office if necessary. The Business Office also offers the option of a bank draft or having the funds wired directly to your bank (for a fee.)
In most cases, The Huntington can arrange for payment of the stipend to be made directly to the grantee's institution for administration and continuance of salary and benefits. The institution will then administer the funds through their normal channels in whatever manner is satisfactory to the grantee and his/her institution. Regardless of how the funds are disbursed and administered, for the purposes of recognition and reporting, The Huntington considers the grant to have been made to the individual grantee, rather than to the institution. Contact us for more information.
Foreign scholars who do not possess a valid visa will need to submit a Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status form (which we will provide) to the United States Consulate when applying for a visa so admission to the U.S. may be granted under the J-1 provision. Prior to your arrival, we will send you a questionnaire which will provide us with the necessary information to complete the DS-2019. Once you have determined your dates of residence, send us the completed questionnaire. The dates listed on your questionnaire and the DS-2019 should match your exact fellowship dates.
Upon receiving the DS-2019 from us, it is your responsibility to set up an appointment with the consulate to be interviewed. The consulate may require you to appear in person, and sometimes it might be several weeks before they can see you. There could also be some delay between this appointment and the consulate providing you with the J-1. If you do not obtain the proper J-1 visa status, The Huntington will be unable to pay your fellowship stipend. The Huntington will reimburse you for the administrative fees incurred when obtaining the J-1 visa. Please bring receipts with you when you begin the fellowship.
Citizens of Canada: Although you need to get a Form DS-2019 from us, pay the SEVIS fee, and make sure that you bring the original form (signed in blue ink) with you when you enter the US, you do not need to schedule an appointment with the consulate.
When traveling to the United States, you must have the following:
- A valid passport
- Form DS-2019 (Failure to present this form to the immigration authorities will compromise your ability to enter the U.S., and even if you are admitted will cause significant problems both for the payment of your stipend and for the duration of your fellowship.)
- Evidence of financial resources - Award letter from the Director of Research
- Paper receipt for the SEVIS I-901 fee—you will receive instructions about this when we send you the Form DS-2019
- Name and contact information of the Responsible Officer (Catherine Wehrey-Miller, Assistant to the Director of Research, 626-405-2194, [email protected]) or the Alternate Responsible Officer (Natalie Serrano, Fellowships and Institutes Administrator, 626-405-3424, [email protected]).
If you will receive U.S. sourced income, you will need to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) if you do not already have one. The SSN is a unique identification number that is used to keep track of your earnings, to collect Social Security benefits, and to receive some other government services. If you have a U.S.-issued Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), you do not need a Social Security Number. If you do not have a SSN or an ITIN, you will be provided with the following upon your arrival:
- SSN Application
- I-94 (a record of your most recent admission to the U.S.)
A member of the Research Department staff will provide you with information needed to visit the local Social Security office. Bring the following:
- Award letter from the Director of Research
- Completed SSN application
After your appointment, the Research Department staff will receive your Social Security card within two weeks and will deliver it to you. Once you have an SSN, you will not need to apply for another one at any point.
Local Guide for Fellows
Local information and recommendations for transportation, restaurants, attractions and more may be found in this useful guide.