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.
NOTE: the link to the new online application system will be updated by September 27. If you have a problem with the online application system that is not addressed by their help page, please email us.
- Applications open: October 1, 2016, 12:01am CST
- Application deadline: November 1, 2016, 11:59pm CST
- Letters of reference deadline: November 1, 2016
- Applicant awards announced: January 12, 2017
- Awardee accept/decline deadline: January 25, 2017
- Earliest start date: February 20, 2017
Applications for Visiting Scholarships are considered once a year. The annual 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, and factor American taxes, visa expenses, and the cost of travel to and from the Museum into their proposed budget.
Applications must be endorsed by a Field Museum sponsor. Applications without endorsements received by the deadline will not be considered. You are required to contact your desired sponsor 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 or sponsor), must be uploaded with the application (pdf 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.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
As of January 2015, the Museum must verify that all J-1 exchange visitors have “sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, successfully to participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis.” The regulations provide several approved methods to document English proficiency:
- A recognized English language test (following standards used by several universities, this would be a TOEFL score of 525 or 71 iBT, or an IELTS score of 6.0).
- Signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school (completion of an English as a Second Language program or a degree from a university where instruction is all in English).
- Through a documented interview conducted by the sponsor either in person or by videoconferencing, or by telephone if videoconferencing is not a viable option.
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 consulting with your contact at the Museum. Foreign applicants should be aware that their award is subject to American taxes, and in addition, should carefully consider the cost of acquiring a visa.