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Visiting Scholars Program

The mission of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis (Ostrom Workshop) is to promote the interdisciplinary study of institutions, incentives, and behaviors as they relate to policy-relevant applications. The term “workshop” represents the conviction of Vincent and Elinor Ostrom that the skills for this research are best acquired and used in a setting where students, working as apprentices and journeymen, have the opportunity to collaborate with experienced scholars. The Ostrom Workshop’s Visiting Scholars Program ensures that experienced scholars from around the world have an opportunity to visit for a few days or up to two years. Visiting scholars are able to interact with faculty, students, and other visitors through seminars, colloquia, and other activities at the Ostrom Workshop and on the Bloomington campus more widely.

To apply to visit for a period of two weeks or less, submit in English a short statement with objective for the visit and current curriculum vitae that includes contact information for references to: workshop@indiana.edu. Use the subject line: Ostrom Workshop Visiting Scholars Program. Short visits will be handled on an ad hoc basis and no deadline is involved. We typically provide office space to all visitors, but we need several weeks advance notice to ensure temporary space can be reserved for these types of short visits.

To apply to visit for a period of more than two weeks, submit the following materials in English by email to: workshop@indiana.edu by close of business on the last day of February. Use the subject line: Ostrom Workshop Visiting Scholars Program.

If submitting materials by mail, send them to:

Visiting Scholars Program
The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Indiana University
513 N. Park Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47408–3895 USA

Application materials will be reviewed in early March and a decision notification will be sent by March 31. If a decision is needed earlier, please note that on the application. Following submission of the application, an informal Internet-based teleconference (via Skype) may be held to review the application. Proficiency in speaking and understanding English is required since visiting scholars are expected to deliver a colloquium and to attend and participate in weekly seminars. Inability to meet this requirement reduces the learning experience for the visiting scholar and limits their contributions toward the learning experience for all Ostrom Workshop colleagues.

If accepted, visiting scholars will be asked to identify an Ostrom Workshop affiliated faculty member as a potential faculty mentor. The Ostrom Workshop Director(s) will work with each visiting scholar to assign an appropriate IU Bloomington faculty mentor, who has expertise in the visiting scholar’s field. Each visiting scholar will be provided with office space, a computer, and access to the resources of Indiana University more generally. Upon completion of the visit, visiting scholars are asked to complete a summary report of accomplishments.

Thank you for your interest in our program.