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 which runs from August to May.
Apply to be a Visiting Scholar.
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, including travel, lodging, and food (see costs below )
- 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
- Proof of English proficiency with a TOEFL score of at least 102 (with no individual score less than 25) or IELTS score of at least 7.5 (with no score lower than 7)
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: GRE School code: 2074, GRE Department code: 2405, TOEFL School code: 2074, TOEFL Department code: 15. IELTS does not require school or department codes.
If you’re affiliated with a current faculty member, you may forgo the requirements in the bullet points above, and only need to 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 the Apply to be a Visiting Teaching Scholar information below.
Six months to one year before your proposed visit, you can apply for a visiting scholar position. This may be at any time during the academic year. A faculty committee reviews each application and selects only the few that match our areas of expertise and available space. You will receive a response approximately one month after we receive your completed application materials.
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 (Please note that these examples do not represent every possible agreement.):
- 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.