Visiting Fellows Program: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is this fellowship open to non-U.S. residents? 

We welcome applications from all over the world. Our Office of International Services provides support to our fellows from abroad. You can find more information on their site regarding the corresponding J-1 Scholar Program.  

2. What is the typical length of this fellowship? 

Our Visiting Fellows typically join us for one semester or less. Fellows are welcome to propose spending as little as one week with the institute (e.g., to teach a one-week intersession class or to convene a conference over a few days).  

3.  Can fellows spend a full academic year with the institute? 

The Visiting Fellows program is designed to enable a mix of people from diverse sectors, disciplines, backgrounds, and ideologies to be part of our scholarly community. Limiting the fellowship duration to one semester or less enables us to welcome more Visiting Fellows over the course of the year, but from time to time we may be able to support stays of a full academic year. If you are hoping to spend a full academic year with the institute, you will have the opportunity to explain on the application form (select “other” when asked which semester you are applying to join). 

4. Can I apply as part of a team? 

Yes, you can apply as part of a team, with the understanding that each team member would occupy one of our fellowship slots. We ask that each team member complete an individual application for administrative purposes, but the proposal language can be identical across applications. For these proposals, please indicate in the body of the proposal who the other teammates would be.  

Ideally, projects of this sort would be linked to the work of aSNF Agora faculty member or other work at the institute, but we are open to mission consistent proposals that are carried by a team who need space to work together on a shared problem. Regarding teamwork and timelines, sequenced visits to the institute over the course of the academic year are possible if needed for the sake of project work. 

5. Will applicants receive feedback on their applications once submitted and before selections are made? 

Unfortunately, to maintain equity in our selection process, we cannot allow for custom consultations once applications are submitted. Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the institute with general questions about the fellowship program by emailing snfagoraapplications@jhu.edu. 

6. Does the stipend include funding for conferences/gatherings? 

The stipend is meant to support each Visiting Fellow’s time with the institute, including associated housing costs, but can also be used for conference expenses if the Visiting Fellow so chooses (in accordance with university rules for reimbursable expenses). The institute also provides limited staff and marketing support. 

7. Does the institute provide housing? 

The institute does not provide housing; however, we are happy to help our Visiting Fellows find housing nearbyThere are university-operated residential properties among other options in the nearby vicinity 

8. Are Visiting Fellows required to live in Baltimore during their fellowship? 

To make the most your experience, we strongly encourage residency in Baltimore. However, residency is not required in all cases; there may be circumstances where it makes sense for the Visiting Fellow to remain in a different location (e.g., to assist with family obligations). However, Visiting Fellows are expected to be fully integrated with the Institute in time and effort regardless of physical locationPlease note: During the pendency of the COVID-19 pandemic, residency in Baltimore is not required for any fellowAt this time, all institute personnel are working remotely.  

9. Do Visiting Fellows receive health insurance?  

The fellowship is benefits-eligible; however, the cost of health insurance is not included in the stipend. Health insurance may be personally purchased by a Visiting Fellow through JHU-recommended services based on eligibility. Fellows visiting from international destinations will be required to hold health insurance for the duration of their fellowship, as explained by the Office of International Services here.