Visiting Scholar Program

The School of Design welcomes researchers, advanced doctoral students, and teachers to apply to our Visiting Scholars or Visiting Teaching Scholars programs.

Each engagement with a visiting scholar is unique and carefully negotiated. Over the past several years we have welcomed a wide range of visiting scholars: full-time researchers from industry, teachers doing research on design history, advanced doctoral students working on their dissertations, and instructors sitting in on classes to observe how we teach.

The length of a visit can vary, but we can accommodate visits only during the school year (August – May).

How to Apply to the Visiting Scholar Program

You can apply for a visiting scholar position at any time during the academic year, as long as it is six months – year before your proposed visit. A faculty committee reviews each application and selects only the few that match our areas of expertise – and available space – each year. You will receive a response approximately one month after we receive your completed application materials.

Please provide a statement of intent that describes:

  • Why you want to visit the School of Design
  • What you intend to accomplish here
  • Why your work is relevant to our mission
  • The length of your visit
  • Whether you plan to observe specific courses within the school, and what they might be
  • Specific design faculty with whom you plan to work closely
  • Your ability to pay for your visit (travel, lodging, and food. See “costs” below.)

Please also provide:

  • Proof of English proficiency with TOEFL or IELTS scores (scores from other English proficiency exams are not accepted)
    • TOEFL minimum acceptable score is 102, with no individual score less than 25
    • IELTS minimum acceptable score is 7.5, with no score lower than 7
  • Your current CV
  • A visual, web-based portfolio (do not send PDFs; please send a link to your portfolio)
  • Examples of your scholarly works or publications
  • Links to relevant information about your work
  • Lists of courses you have taught (if applicable)
  • Three academic or professional references 

The GRE and TOEFL tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service. Test scores listed on your application must be sent directly from the test administrator to the School of Design. Please provide ETS with the following codes to ensure we receive an original copy of your test scores.  (IELTS does not require school or department codes.)

GRE School code: 2074

GRE Department code: 2405

TOEFL School code: 2074

TOEFL Department code: 15

If you're affiliated with a current faculty member, you can skip steps 1 and 2. Just provide a letter of intent explaining when you will visit, and what you will work on here. Ask the faculty member that you're working with to provide a letter of endorsement to the head of the School of Design.

If you plan to apply as a visiting TEACHING scholar, please see “How to Apply as a Visiting Teaching Scholar."

Costs

The cost of your engagement depends on what you seek to accomplish, the length of your stay, and whether or not you plan to observe specific classes. Living and travel expenses are your responsibility unless you have a previous agreement through funded research.

We negotiate each engagement separately, but the following scenarios may help you plan your proposal:

  • If you plan to visit the school for less than a month as an observer, and have no arrangement for collaboration with a design faculty member, academic fees are typically $2,500. Visitors in this category are expected to provide a follow-up report summarizing their experiences and observations.
  • If you plan to visit the school for more than a month as an observer, and have no arrangement for collaboration with a design faculty member, academic fees are typically $10,000-$25,000, depending on length of stay and number of classes observed. Visitors in this category are expected to provide a follow-up report summarizing their experiences and observations.
  • If you have arranged a collaboration with a specific faculty member, academic fees are typically waived.
  • If you propose to include the School of Design in an industry-sponsored project or a research grant, academic fees may be waived.

 Please note that these examples do not represent every possible agreement.

How to Apply to the Visiting Teaching Scholar Program

Visiting teaching scholars are expected to work for the School of Design while they are with us. Your contribution can include teaching a class or seminar, serving as a teaching assistant, or working on a research project during your visit.

If you seek a position as a teaching scholar, please follow the application process described here. In addition, include a letter of intent describing what you are able to teach, or the type of work you can contribute to the school while in residence.

The cost of your stay will be negotiated on the basis of the work that you commit to do.

Visiting teaching scholar positions are subject to faculty review.

For more information, or to apply for a visiting scholar or visiting teaching scholar position, email us.