Scholars-in-Residence

The iSchool is pleased to annually host a small number of scholars-in-residence. These scholars work with faculty and students on specific research projects, offer guest lectures about their research, and attend the many study groups, talks, and formal presentations within the School and the wider University.  Current scholars-in-residence include:

Liping Sui, visiting scholar
1/3/19 – 1/30/2020
iSchool sponsor: Professor J. Stephen Downie

Jingzhu Wei, visiting scholar
12/6/18 – 12/5/19
iSchool sponsor: Professor Allen Renear

Donghuo Zeng, visiting scholar (PhD student)
10/20/18 – 11/17/18 (tentative)
iSchool sponsor: Professor J. Stephen Downie

Liliana Giusti Serra, visiting scholar (PhD student)
10/1/18 – 3/31/19
iSchool sponsor: Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider

Hui Zhang, visiting scholar (PhD student)
10/1/18 – 12/30/18
iSchool sponsor: Professor J. Stephen Downie

Jiarong Zhang, visiting scholar (PhD student)
10/1/18 – 12/30/18
iSchool sponsor: Professor J. Stephen Downie

Wenfeng Si, visiting scholar
8/24/18 – 8/20/19
iSchool sponsor: Professor Linda C. Smith

Jiying Sun, visiting scholar
3/1/18 – 2/28/19
iSchool sponsor: Deborah Stevenson, director of The Center for Children's Books

We welcome requests from international and U.S. visitors and the opportunity to work with them; however, the School receives many more applications each year than it can accept. Priority is given to applicants working in the current research areas of those faculty who will be on campus during the proposed visit. We also give preference to individuals who hold a doctoral degree and are actively engaged as researchers at other institutions. We will entertain applications from advanced doctoral students who are currently enrolled at another university. These students should identify an iSchool faculty member who is willing to host them and submit the information specified below under Application Process.

International visitors who are currently employed in a library, information center, or archive should also consider applying to the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs based at the University of Illinois Library. Although the School is unable to provide financial support, each scholar-in-residence is given a workspace, university library access, computer account .and assistance in locating housing. Visits may last up to one calendar year.

Application Process

Interested individuals need to submit an application electronically as an attachment via e-mail or through normal postal channels. It must include the following information:

  1. Letter of intent indicating a desire to visit the University of Illinois and the expected dates of the visit as well as sources of financial support (please note that the U.S. State Department requires a guarantee of support for all individuals who are not citizens of the United States).
  2. Current curriculum vita (resumé)
  3. Statement of specific research interests, including the name of the proposed plan of work and iSchool faculty research partner while at Illinois (indicate if any special technology or information resources will be needed, including information about type of computer and software required to support basic academic work).
  4. List of other universities to which applicant has applied and reasons why application is being made to the University of Illinois/the iSchool
  5. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three individuals who may be contacted for references regarding the applicant's scholarly ability and facility with written and spoken English, should English not be the applicant's first language.

After all the above information is provided, applicants will be notified within three months with a decision on their application.

Applications should be sent directly to:

Scholars-in-Residence Program
School of Information Sciences
501 East Daniel, (MC-493)
Champaign, IL 61820-6211
Email: sir@lis.illinois.edu

Questions about the process or status of an application should be directed to: Candy Edwards.

Letters sent directly to individual faculty members are forwarded to the Dean's office. It is not necessary for an applicant to send multiple requests to various faculty members, nor will it improve the applicant's chances for acceptance as a scholar-in-residence.

Visiting scholars who will not be paid from a source on campus during their visit are required to provide documentation of financial support in the amount of $1,700 per month for themselves, $600 per month for their first dependent, and $300 per month for each additional dependent. Proof of health insurance coverage is also required. The University will assist in completing the paperwork to obtain a J-1 Visa from the United States government. Additional information of interest to international visitors can be found on the International Student & Scholar Services website.