School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Visiting Scholars Overview


The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) welcomes visiting faculty, researchers, and artists from across the U.S. and around the world. IAS requests from each visitor a one-time donation of 250 USD, and provides visa support, basic technical and administrative support, and access to university libraries. A shared office in which to work may also be available. IAS hosts a limited number of visiting scholars at one time.


In selecting visiting scholars each year, IAS looks for a good fit between the research interests of the prospective visitor and IAS faculty members. Prospective visitors need to secure an IAS “sponsor”, that is, a faculty member in IAS whose research interests align with theirs and who is willing to speak in favor of their visit. Prospective visitors should also identify at least two additional IAS faculty members whose interests align with their own (please see our faculty webpages).


Visiting scholars are welcome at all IAS colloquia and events, and may audit courses with the permission of the instructor. Scholars are expected to:

  • Give a public presentation during their stay
  • Interact regularly with IAS faculty and students
  • Involve IAS students in their research, if appropriate.

Visiting scholars are also encouraged to enrich the IAS community in other ways, such as by participating in courses, initiating topical reading groups for faculty and students, collaborating on research projects and symposia, and inviting members of IAS community to their home institutions.


Applications may be sent to the IAS Dean, Bruce Burgett ( Applications should include a brief description of research interests and of the specific research to be conducted while visiting, an explanation of why IAS is a good home for that research, the name of the IAS faculty member who has agreed to sponsor the visit, two letters of recommendation, and a curriculum vitae.