The purpose of the Visiting Scholars Program is to support the work of younger public policy analysts, humanists, and social scientists who show promise of becoming leaders in their field, especially those who work on multidisciplinary topics. The Program offers opportunities for them to carry out their individual research as well as to collaborate with Academy Fellows on shared scholarly or policy-related interests. It also helps to create a national network for scholars in the early stages of their career, assisting them in their research and professional development. Finally, it has established the House of the Academy as an active research center for intensive scholarship by individuals from diverse disciplinary, institutional, and geographic backgrounds. The VSP is an important way to share the Academy’s extraordinary intellectual resources, including many of America’s most distinguished leaders in science, scholarship, public affairs, and business and the arts and to invest in the future of the next generation.
Scholars are chosen by means of a national competition. Most reply to a request for proposals circulated via websites and electronic mailing lists as well as through targeted mailings to academic departments and relevant scholarly councils and associations. Applications are reviewed by Fellows expert in the candidates' fields; their recommendations are passed on to a final advisory committee that takes into account not only the quality of the applications but also the fields, institutions, and geographical areas represented by the candidates. Seven/eight scholars and practitioners are chosen annually.
In addition to providing time for independent research, the VSP arranges conferences involving colleagues from the Boston area and beyond. Visiting Scholars have the opportunity to join in seminars sponsored by the Academy's program areas as well as to participate in social gatherings and other regularly scheduled Academy activities. Neighboring universities and research institutions partner with the Academy in the work of the Program.
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