Visiting Scholars Program

The National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) offers a Visiting Scholars Program for scholars who wish to devote a period of research and writing to the field of Newman Studies.

About the Visiting Scholar Program

The National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) offers a Visiting Scholars Program for scholars who wish to devote a period of research, 2 to 8 weeks, and writing in the field of Newman Studies. Candidates for this program are admitted at two levels: $2,000 or $1,200 stipend, plus lodging at the institute. Qualification for these two categories are based on the following criteria.
EXPERIENCED NEWMAN SCHOLAR

A candidate may qualify for the Experienced level if one or more of the following accomplishments in Newman Studies can be documented:

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MA thesis or Ph.D dissertation (completed or in-process)
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Conference presentation
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Course taught at a university/college
04
Peer-reviewed publication (article or book)
DEVELOPING NEWMAN SCHOLAR
A scholar with demonstrated scholarly accomplishments (such as those listed under "Experienced Newman Scholars") in an associated field of study, who has not yet incorporated Newman-related projects into their research agenda.

Stipends and Grants

Periods of study may range from two to eight weeks. Stipends are provided in a lump sum.

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Experienced Newman Scholar: $2,000.00
02
Developing Newman Scholar: $1,200.00

Scholars residing a distance of forty miles or more from Pittsburgh may request accommodations in one of the suites at NINS.​

Scholars traveling from outside of North America may request a $500.00 travel grant in addition to the stipend.

Students enrolled in a higher education institution and pursuing a degree with an MA thesis or a Ph.D dissertation related to Newman can apply (with a letter of recommendation from a mentor or major professor) for a lodging-only grant, for a duration of up to two weeks.

How to Apply

In order to submit an application for the NINS Visiting Scholars Program, applicants must submit, via the NINS online application, the following documents:

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Complete application form.
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Attach CV with complete list of publications to online application.
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Attach two letters of recommendation to online application. See additional requirements below.
04
Attach research proposal with a provisional, detailed timeline to the online application. See details below.
Recommendation/Reference Requirements

Two letters of recommendation are required to support your application. The letters must be written on letterhead, signed, scanned, and submitted in the online application.

Your references should address your proposal and, in addition, issues such as your independent research, writing skills, motivation, success in completing projects, ability to work well with colleagues, etc.

Research Proposal

The proposal you attach to your application (as one single Word or PDF file) must include:

  • ​a 100-word abstract
  • a research project of up to 1,500 words, double-spaced and typed, indicating the area of Newman Studies you would pursue should you receive the scholarship
  • a detailed bibliography related to the proposal
  • a provisional work schedule, briefly describing each individual research phase (before, during and, if applicable, after the scholarship period).

Completion Requirements

Upon completion of the Visiting Scholars Program, the following materials must be presented:​

Experienced Newman Scholar

Exit Evaluation Form and Narrative Report of Project detailing progress toward completion of the proposed project and summary of outcomes as well as a research paper based on the work done at the Institute.

Developing Newman Scholar

Exit Evaluation Form and a Narrative Report detailing progress toward completion of the proposed project and summary of outcomes as well as a research paper based on the work done at the Institute.

All scholars are required to complete an exit interview with the Director and to submit a letter of evaluation about the program.

Scholars must submit all required materials within thirty days from the completion of their time at NINS. Payment of the stipend will be sent after these materials are received and approved by the Director. Please note that if required work is not completed within 30 days after the completion of residency the scholar shall be considered to have forfeited the stipend.

For the benefit of both the scholar and NINS administrative personnel, all materials must be submitted, at the same time, as Word/PDF documents and must be attached to a single email, addressed to admin@ninsdu.org.

After completing the Visiting Scholars Program, candidates, regardless of their category, are eligible to re-apply only once.

Scholarship Application

Please note that by submitting your application information, you consent that your personal data will be processed lawfully by NINS where necessary for the proposed scholarship program and for any other purpose related to NINS’s mission. All information will be dealt with according to NINS’s data protection policy, and all applicable laws and regulations with respect to data protection. If you do not want NINS to process your personal information without restriction or want to update your contact details, please email Dr. Marr at rmarr@ninsdu.org. An application is officially accepted only upon 1) an official written communication signed by the Director stating all terms of the scholarship program, and 2) a copy of the agreement signed by the applicant no later than arrival at the Institute. If required work is not completed within 30 days after the completion of the program, the scholar shall be considered to have forfeited the stipend unless an extension is approved in writing by the Executive Director during the 30-day period following the completion of residency. NINS is a smoke-free facility.

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