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Call for Scholars and Artists in Residence, 2016-17

Residential opportunity without stipend

Applications due at noon Monday, May 9

The Institute for Advanced Study supports the research of and collaborative research among scientists, humanists, artists, and professionals, and provides opportunities for sharing that work with the broader community. The Institute is a place where faculty and students from across the University take intellectual risks, challenge assumptions, theorize, integrate different disciplinary forms, and take on important questions to generate new knowledge aimed at reshaping our fundamental understanding of the human condition.

Each year the Institute hosts up to 14 residential fellows per semester. These fellows, comprising University of Minnesota faculty and graduate students, and visiting scholars and artists, benefit from the cross-fertilization of ideas as part of a close interdisciplinary community of scholars. In 2016-17, the IAS is pleased to offer this residential fellowship opportunity without stipend to several scholars and artists in the fall and spring semesters.


The one-semester residential fellowship is open to:

  • All faculty from the University of Minnesota’s five system campuses. Faculty must have academic leave for the semester for which they are applying; examples include single semester leave, sabbatical leave, or a fellowship offered by a foundation or other outside organization. Preference will be given to faculty who have not had an IAS faculty fellowship in the last 5 years.
  • P&A staff from the University of Minnesota, who must have leave from work for the semester for which they are applying; examples include professional development leave or other personal leave.
  • Faculty from other institutions, who must have a fellowship or other leave of absence for the semester for which they are applying.
  • Independent scholars with a terminal degree in their field of study, without full-time teaching obligations at an institute of higher education.
  • Artists in any field, without full-time teaching obligations at an institute of higher education.

Please note that this fellowship is not available to anyone currently enrolled in or completing a graduate program.

Program Benefits

Each fellow is provided with workspace and a computer in the IAS’s offices in Northrop. Residential fellows attend the weekly fellows lunch at which each fellow has an opportunity to present his or her work in progress. This intellectual community is frequently cited by former fellows as the most fruitful and formative aspect of their IAS fellowship. Fellows may also have access to the College of Design’s Travelers Innovation Lab, a collaborative workspace in Northrop. Fellows from outside of the University of Minnesota system will have email and library access for the term of their residency.


Scholars and Artists in Residence are required to attend the fellows retreat at the beginning of each semester and the weekly lunch of all residential fellows; they will make an informal presentation of their work at one of those lunches. In addition, fellows are expected to attend the IAS’s weekly Thursdays at Four public program series. IAS residential fellowships are designed to allow fellows to participate in and benefit from the IAS’s interdisciplinary community of scholars. Potential applicants should consider whether they are looking to share their work and learn from others; this is not appropriate for someone who simply seeks an on-campus location while on leave. This opportunity is open to academics on leave; we expect that participating faculty will not be teaching during their semester in residence. Scholars and Artists in Residence are expected to be resident in the Twin Cities during the period of their IAS residency; the Institute for Advanced Study can offer no monetary support for relocation.

Selection Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on how well the proposed project will benefit from development in the IAS’s interdisciplinary community and how the applicant will contribute to the IAS community. We are particularly interested in projects with interdisciplinary potential and applicants who will extend the disciplinary range of our fellows community. Information on 2016-17 Faculty Fellows and Research and Creative Collaboratives.

Application Process

Applications are submitted by noon Monday, May 9 via email to Application should consist of three attachments:

1. Completed cover sheet
2. Project statement not to exceed 1,000 words. Describe the project you will be working on during your semester. What are the overall goals of the project and specifically for your semester in residence? Explain how residency at the IAS will benefit your project. How do you see your project developing in the IAS’s interdisciplinary community? How will you contribute to the IAS’s interdisciplinary community?
3. 2-page CV or resume.

For further information, contact IAS Director Jennifer Gunn at


Page updated 18 April 2016