Visiting Research Scholar Program
Final decisions on Visiting Research Scholar applications in category 1 and 2 will be made in late February or early March, with notifications going out (via email) shortly thereafter.
For a list of current scholars, please see our Visiting Research Scholars directory. Each of our visiting scholars gives a lecture during the academic year. These lectures are publicized on the ISAW Events Page.
ISAW's scope embraces research and graduate education in the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa. Projects of a theoretical or comparative nature relevant to this domain are also welcome. Academic visitors at ISAW should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Applicants with a history of interdisciplinary exchange are particularly welcome. They will be expected to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community.
Visiting Research Scholars at ISAW have access to the Institute's own library, as well as to a wide range of other libraries at NYU, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (located a block away), and other institutions in New York City including Columbia University and the New York Public Library. Scholars are provided with their own carrel workspace.
ISAW is prepared to host visiting research scholars in three categories:
(1) Visiting Assistant Professors, appointed for two years: Two such visiting assistant professors will be appointed for 2017-2019. Those who have degrees in hand and will have completed the doctorate within three years of the beginning of the appointment may apply, as well as current doctoral students who will complete all requirements for the degree by June 30, 2017. Holders of these positions are appointed as faculty and will be expected to lead one research seminar at ISAW during the two-year period and teach one undergraduate course in an NYU department each year.
(2) Visiting Research Scholars, appointed for one year with full or partial funding from ISAW:
Please note that for the 2017-18 academic year only, priority for one-year Visiting Research Scholarships will be given to early career scholars and recent PhDs; the doctoral degree must be completed no later than June 30, 2017. Applicants in category 1 who are not awarded two-year fellowships will be automatically considered for category 2. Please do not apply to both positions. Specific appointment details may vary according to situation.
Applicants for categories 1 and 2 are considered in a single competition cycle with a fixed deadline each year.
(3) Externally-funded Scholars: ISAW is prepared to consider applications from postdoctoral scholars with their own funding from another source. These scholars have the same community privileges as the other two categories and are expected to participate in the Institute’s life in the same fashion but do not receive any financial support from ISAW. Applicants in the category must apply at least one semester in advance of their anticipated start date. If a letter of support from ISAW is needed for an external fellowship or grant application, applicants should submit their application at least 45 days in advance of the fellowship application due date.
A complete application in any category will include a letter of interest, c.v. (including publication list), a research proposal, 3 letters of recommendation, and a published writing sample. Applicants should have their doctorates in hand by the beginning of their period of appointment at ISAW. Letters of recommendation from ISAW faculty and staff are not permitted.
All applications should be made through NYU’s online application system. The link for each category is below. The deadline for category 1 and 2 applications is November 20th, 2016. Applications in category 3 are considered on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least one semester prior to the proposed start date. PLEASE NOTE: Referees will not be emailed letter requests until the application is submitted. Letters are due by December 1, 2016. Please plan accordingly.
(1) Two-Year Visiting Assistant Professor: https://apply.interfolio.com/38084
(2) One-Year Visiting Research Scholar: https://apply.interfolio.com/38079
(3) Externally Funded Visiting Research Scholar: https://apply.interfolio.com/37963
Two-year postdoctoral fellows (category 1) are provided with a fixed stipend. In 2016-17 this stipend level is $69,317. This is also the stipend provided to visiting research scholars in category 2 not currently employed, only partially employed, or working in countries where salary levels are substantially different from those in the United States. In the case of visitors with partial or full sabbatical leave salaries from their home institutions or other sources, the Institute will, depending on circumstances, supplement these to provide total compensation comparable to normal salaries or may offer a housing allowance. In addition, visitors in categories 1 and 2 are provided with research allowances to defray the cost of travel to conferences and other out of pocket research expenses.