Frequently Asked Questions
Visiting Research Scholar Program
Q: What is the usual time period for VRS appointments?
A: Appointments generally run for a 12-month period, September 1-August 31, although semester-long applications may also be considered (Fall or Spring). Unfortunately we cannot accommodate scholars for periods of less than one semester. Scholars are expected to be in residence during the academic year (September-May) except for approved absences for research and/or fieldwork. Visitors not requiring funding are welcome to visit ISAW for shorter periods and use its library, but it is not possible to offer such visitors private workspaces or research support.
Q: Is there a summer VRS program?
A: No, we do not currently offer summer fellowships, but scholars are welcome to use library facilities during the summer.
Q: Who can apply for the two-year visiting assistant professor positions?
A: Scholars who will have obtained their PhD no more than 3 years before the beginning of the appointment.
Q: Can non-US citizens apply?
A: Yes, ISAW welcomes applications from scholars around the world.
Q: Will I need to get my own visa?
A: ISAW, in conjunction with NYU’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS), works with foreign scholars to provide the paperwork necessary to apply for a visa to enter the US.
Q: What are my duties as a scholar?
A: One-year scholars generally have no specific duties, but are required to present a lecture based on their current work as part of ISAW’s Visiting Research Scholar Lecture Series, participate in at least one seminar per semester (generally as a respondent, or presenting their work) and to take part in other aspects of ISAW’s academic life, such as attending lectures and conferences.
Two-year visiting assistant professors are additionally required to teach two undergraduate courses in other NYU departments and one ISAW seminar over the course of their appointment.
Q: What kind of workspace will I have?
A: Scholars are provided with a roughly 8 ft. carrel with lockable storage in a space shared with the other visiting scholars (see image below).
Q: Will ISAW provide me with my own work computer?
A: No, scholars must provide their own computers for work at ISAW. Scholars receiving a research stipend may use it to purchase a computer if needed.
Q: Does ISAW provide housing?
A: Depending on availability, ISAW may have a limited number of studio-size faculty housing apartments for visiting scholars. Generally these are offered first to those scholars coming from abroad and are not guaranteed.
VRS Application Process
Q: What is the deadline for reference letters?
A: Referees should have their letters submitted via the online system by the application deadline. Please note that the application system automatically sends email requests for the letters with upload instructions, but will not do so until you have formally submitted your application. Please make sure your referees know the email is coming and ask them to monitor their Spam folder. We ask that referees not email their letters to us unless they are experiencing problems uploading.
Q: Are their any formatting guidelines for the research proposal? (Added 11/4/14, proposals already submitted do not need to be revised)
A: Proposals should be from 1000-1200 words, plus a one-page bibliography. The applications are reviewed by scholars in a wide range of fields and thus the proposal description should be written with this in mind.
Q: How many writing samples are required?
A: Only one writing sample is required, but the applicant may submit up to three. Short to medium-length samples are preferred.
Q: Can I submit my writing sample via regular mail?
A: No, application materials must be submitted via the online application.
Q: What is the maximum size file I can upload?
A: The online system can accept files up to 5MB. If your file is too large, please condense it or consider submitting an excerpt.
Q: Can I submit writing samples in a language other than English?
A: Yes, but this may decrease the number of people able to review your application.
Q: I do not yet have any work published? What should I submit?
A: You may submit an excerpt of your dissertation, or any articles that are forthcoming. If the latter is the case, please indicate where and when the item will appear.
Q: Why won't the system upload my file even though it is under 5MB?
A: It is likely that you are trying to upload a 'Secured' PDF file. You will need to upload an unsecured version, or print out and scan the document.
Q: I don’t have my PhD yet, can I still apply?
A: PhD candidates may apply provided that all requirements for their degree will be completed by June 30, 2014 and that they will have their diploma in hand by the beginning of the appointment.