Science Visiting Scholarships

Please refer to the tutorial to help you through the online application system. If you have a problem that is not addressed in the tutorial, please email Susan Hamnik.


  • Applications open: 01-Oct-2014, 12:01am CST
  • Application deadline: 01-Nov-2014, 11:59pm CST
  • Letters of reference deadline: 18-Nov-2014
  • Applicant awards announced: 12-Jan-2015
  • Awardee accept/decline deadline: 20-Jan-2015
  • Earliest start date: 17-Feb-2015

Visiting Scholarships provide opportunities for scientists who wish to use the Field Museum's collections, funds are earmarked for travel and for subsistence while visitors are conducting their research. Applications must be endorsed by a Field Museum curator. Please identify a scientist from the list of curators who is responsible for the collection you wish to study. Please contact him or her beforehand to communicate your background, goals and objectives. Applications require statements regarding:

  • Purpose and significance of the proposed research
  • Relevance of Field Museum’s collections to the project
  • Collaboration(s) with Field Museum curators, if any
  • Procedures and methods used in the project

These statements should be written in a way that highlights the importance and potential impact of the planned project and is understandable to a broader audience beyond specialists in the relevant field. While the quality of the science of the proposal and its feasibility and relevance to the Museum's collections and research are the single most important criteria to evaluate a proposal, the narrative should also spark excitement about the project.

A current full Curriculum Vitae (in English), including a list of references (other than a Field Museum curator), must be uploaded with the application (pdf or doc formats only). You may also submit an additional file of supplemental material (figures, tables, or letters) that you might want considered with your application.

In the on-line application, you must designate the e-mail address of at least one of your references, who will receive an e-mail from the Field Museum requesting to upload a recommendation letter on your behalf.

Applications for Visiting Scholarships are considered once a year. The deadline is November 1st. Proposals reviewed by the November 1st panel can be funded no sooner than the third week of the following January. Foreign scholars should allow appropriate time for visa considerations.

Young professionals and graduate students can be funded for periods of a few days to several weeks from the Thomas J. Dee, the Karl P. Schmidt, the Bass fund, and the Visiting Scholar funds. Awards are typically between $1,500 and $2,500 (overseas scholars) per scholar, owing to the limited availability of these funds. Requests up to $3,900 may be submitted by overseas scholars with more expensive airfares and longer visits; larger amounts cannot be considered. Typically, a proposed budget would estimate costs for airfare plus approximately $1,000 per month for accommodation and meals. Before preparing a budget, we recommend to consult with your contact at the museum.