Visiting Fellows Program: FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who is eligible to apply to the fellowship? 

The institute welcomes applicants from around the world and from a variety of fields such as academia, civil society, government, industry, media, the performing arts, and other fields.

2. How many fellows are selected each cycle? 

The exact number of Visiting Fellows selected each cycle varies based on the application pool, cohort theme(s), and anticipated budgets, but it is generally no more than 10 individuals per academic year. You can learn about our 2021-22 cohort here. 

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

To support a vibrant and collaborative community, Visiting Fellows are expected to be in Baltimore to meet the terms of their project or themed engagement (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). The Institute is open to a variety of arrangements – an intensive month or weeks in residence, weeks in residence spread out over the course of a semester or year, weekly one-day visits over a semester to teach a class, or other proposed alternatives. We will work with fellows to ensure baseline levels of equity in residency expectations across the Visiting Fellows cohort, but still allow for individual flexibility.

4. 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 two weeks with the institute (e.g., to convene a conference over a few days) or up to a full academic year throughout the duration of a visiting fellow’s research or project. Please note that applicants hoping to apply to the themed cohort for AY2022-2023 will be required to commit to the program for a full academic year.

5. Does the institute provide housing? 

The institute does not provide housing directly; however, we are happy to help our Visiting Fellows find housing near campusThere are university-operated residential properties among other options in the nearby vicinity. A visiting fellow’s stipend is expected to cover all housing costs throughout the duration of the fellowship.

6. Does the stipend include funding for travel?

Travel to and from the institute is expected to be covered entirely by the stipend awarded to the individual fellow. A fellow should budget for their stipend amount to cover the costs of all travel expenses incurred during their time with the institute. 

7. Does the stipend include funding for conferences & gatherings that I would like to host as a Visiting Fellow? 

The stipend is meant to support each Visiting Fellow’s time with the institute and can therefore 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 for events and conferences.

8. 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. Note, Fellows visiting from international destinations should thoroughly review their visa requirements as some visas require proof of health insurance to maintain visa status. Specific guidance for J-1 scholars can be found here.

9. 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. 

10. 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