Bass Senior Visiting Fellowships

The Field Museum invites applications for 2017 Bass Senior Visiting Fellowships. Successful applicants will receive support for long-term visits (usually between three and six months) to work at The Field Museum to collaborate with Museum faculty on specific research projects. The support is intended as a stipend for living expenses in the Chicago area while still receiving salary from home institution. Awards will be made for visits to The Field Museum between March 1st and December 31st, 2017. The online application was open from January 3, 2017 until January 31, 2017.

Projects are sought in one or several areas of research in Life Sciences, Social Sciences, and Earth and Planetary Sciences and need to lead or contribute to peer-reviewed, scientific publications. Candidates that complement existing expertise at the Field Museum will be prioritized. Projects that foster collaboration among individual research programs and have an interdisciplinary component are encouraged. Individual curators, research scientists and their research programs are featured on the list of sponsors and in the Research & Collections section.

Applications will be reviewed both for scientific merit, complementing, interdisciplinary and collaborative aspects, and suitability with the research and collections strengths of the Museum. Applicants are required to contact the relevant scientific sponsor prior to application. Applications must be endorsed by a Field Museum sponsor. Applications without endorsments received in time will not be considered. Applicants should have at least 5 years experience in the relevant field of research after their Ph.D. and have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications.

Applications should contain an executive summary of less than 250 words, in a scientific proposal limited to two pages. The proposal should include objectives, scientific merit with emphasis on the motivation in a broad context, interdisciplinary aspects, feasibility, work plan, can include figures and tables and references. The reference list does not have to be included in the two-page limit. In addition to the two-page proposal the following items need to be submitted: a full budget with justification (1 page), a CV with publications list, PDF copies of three selected publications, and names of three referees.

Please note that the limit for proposed budgets is $18,000. For example, applicants may request up to $6,000 for living expenses, $6,000 for travel, and $6,000 for research expenses, or may request the $18,000 total in salary subvention. Travel to the Museum must occur between April 2017 and December 31, 2017. All appropriate taxes will be taken out of your award prior to disbursement.