Visiting Research Scholar Program

ISAW is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 Visiting Research Scholar program.

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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.

Program Description

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) is a center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, which aims to encourage particularly the study of the economic, religious, political and cultural connections between ancient civilizations. In an effort to embrace a truly inclusive geographical scope while maintaining continuity and coherence, the Institute focuses on the shared and overlapping periods in the development of cultures and civilizations around the Mediterranean basin, and across central Asia to the Pacific Ocean. The approaches of anthropology, archaeology, geography, geology, history, economics, sociology, art history, digital humanities, and the history of science and technology are as integral to the enterprise as the study of texts, philosophy, and the analysis of artifacts.

ISAW anticipates appointing visiting scholars in several different categories for the 2021-22 academic year. Applicants in all categories 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. Scholars with a history of interdisciplinary exchange and scholars whose academic interests include parts of the ancient Old World that are often underrepresented in traditional academic departments, including Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, are especially welcome and encouraged to apply.

Visiting 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. They are provided with their own carrel workspace.

Visiting scholars in all categories are expected to undertake research projects connected with ISAW's core academic mission, to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed, to take part in the intellectual life of the community, to participate in ISAW seminars, to give a public lecture on their research at ISAW, and to play an active role in mentoring graduate students.

ISAW is prepared to host visiting scholars in three categories:

(1) Visiting Assistant Professors: ISAW anticipates appointing up to three Visiting Assistant Professors with a start-date of September 1, 2021. Two of these appointments will be two-year positions (September 1, 2021-August 31, 2023), and one will be a one-year position (September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022). Holders of these positions are appointed as faculty, teach a graduate-level research seminar at ISAW, and teach one undergraduate course in an NYU department per academic year.

Visiting Assistant Professorships are reserved for early-career scholars who received their PhDs on or after May 1, 2018. Current doctoral students in their final year of dissertation work are also welcome to apply, but please note that official conferral of the PhD must take place prior to the start-date of the position (September 1, 2021).

Visiting Assistant Professors are paid a fixed salary. In 2020-21 the salary was $73,920. A research account is also provided to defray the cost of travel to conferences and other research expenses.

(2) One-Year Visiting Research Scholars: ISAW anticipates appointing up to three funded one-year Visiting Research Scholars for the 2021-22 academic year (September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022). Holders of these positions are typically appointed as professional research staff.

One-Year Visiting Research Scholar positions are available to scholars of all post-PhD career stages, from recently minted PhDs to retired academics. Current doctoral students in their final year of dissertation work are also welcome to apply, but please note that official conferral of the PhD must take place prior to the start-date of the position (September 1, 2021).

Visiting Research Scholars are paid a fixed salary. In 2020-21 the salary was $73,920. A research account is also provided to defray the cost of travel to conferences and other research expenses.

(3) Externally-Funded Visiting Research Scholars: ISAW is prepared to consider applications from postdoctoral scholars with their own funding from another source for appointments to be held during the 2021-22 academic year. Appointments can be for one semester (fall 2021 or spring 2022) or for the entire 2021-22 academic year.

Externally Funded Visiting Research Scholar positions are available to scholars of all post-PhD career stages, from recently minted PhDs to retired academics. Applicants should have their doctorates in hand by the beginning of their period of appointment at ISAW.

Holders of these positions do not receive any financial support from ISAW.

Application Instructions

The application must be completed in Interfolio and should include a cover letter, CV (including publication list), a research proposal, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (either a published article or dissertation chapter). Applicants must also complete a researcher profile form and an EEO form in Interfolio. Letters of recommendation from ISAW faculty and staff are not permitted.

The application link for each category appears below:

(1)  Visiting Assistant Professor: https://apply.interfolio.com/79025

(2)  One-Year Visiting Research Scholar: https://apply.interfolio.com/79023

(3)  Externally Funded Visiting Research Scholar: https://apply.interfolio.com/79026

For category 1 and 2, the application deadline is November 20th, 2020. Applicants will be prompted in Interfolio to submit the names and email addresses of three referees; please be sure to do so before the November 20th deadline. Referees will be contacted via email and asked to submit their letters of recommendation electronically via Interfolio; they will have until December 1st, 2020, to submit the letters.

Applicants will receive a system-generated confirmation email from Interfolio when they have successfully submitted their application. If you do not receive this email, that likely means that you have not successfully submitted your application. We are NOT able to review in-progress applications in Interfolio, so please make sure that you have successfully submitted your application prior to the November 20th deadline.

Late submissions will not be accepted. Please plan accordingly.

Applicants in category 3 must apply at least one semester in advance of their anticipated start date; to ensure full consideration, the recommended deadline for all 2021-22 positions is November 20, 2020.

Technical help for the application is available via Interfolio's support team: https://support.interfolio.com/

Other questions should be directed to Marc LeBlanc, Associate Director for Academic Affairs, at . Please also see the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page.