The NSF-funded iDigBio project is seeking applications for its 2013 Visiting Scholars Program. This program is directed towards early-career collections and informatics-based professionals with demonstrated interest in digitization, particularly those who broaden representation within this academic and professional community.

The iDigBio Visiting Scholars Program is envisioned to support short-term (typically 1 to 3 month) visits and residencies, e.g., junior faculty on sabbatical or during summer leave. Shorter or longer visits may also be considered for this program. Two types of proposals will be considered:

  1. proposals that are based at the iDigBio headquarters (HUB) at the University of Florida.
  2. proposals that are based another host (non-federal) institution in the U.S. and also include a short (i.e., ~1 to 2-week-long) to visit the HUB.

During the period of support, the iDigBio Visiting Scholar would be expected to work on a project and produce a deliverable that advances collections digitization efforts in research and/or education. As examples, this focused time might be used to (a) produce some tangible improvement or research project related to the host’s collection digitization effort, (b) develop a collections digitization workshop for iDigBio, (c) develop an appropriate course (undergraduate, or graduate) in a relevant topic that could serve as a prototype for the HUB and TCNs (Thematic Collections Networks), or (d) develop an outreach project that communicates the importance of collections digitization to the public. Note that possibilities are not limited to the examples described.

This Visiting Scholars program includes a monthly stipend of $7,500 (typically up to $22,500) as well as some travel/relocation funds (up to $2,500), as appropriate to the applicant’s activity plan.

This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The deadline for receipt of the 2013 application is 1 August 2012.

For submission details please visit iDigBio’s website: