iDigBio Visiting Scholars Program Available at the University of Florida



The NSF-funded iDigBio project is pleased to announce the annual 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.

Visiting Scholar Awards

2012: Dr. Anna K. Monfils, Central Michigan University

2013: Dr. Corey Toler-Franklin, University of California - Davis

How To Apply

Key Dates

Applications are not being accepted at this time.  Check back here in Spring/Summer 2013 for application deadlines for the 2014 Visiting Scholar.

Proposal Instructions

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 (UF)

(2) proposals that are based at another host (non-federal) institution in the U.S. and that 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.

The incumbent would be expected to (a) submit a short final report of activities, (b) present a seminar to the iDigBio HUB and/or write an article for the iDigBio e-newsletter or related social media, and (c) offer input to project evaluators.

Applications for the iDigBio Visiting Scholars program should include the following:

(1) cover letter (no more than 2 pages) describing (a) how this opportunity would help to advance your career, (b) the activities, project, and deliverable(s) that you would work on during your time as a Visiting Scholar, and (c) the institution and contact person who will sponsor your activity.

(2) support letter from the host (or HUB) sponsor, indicating that necessary resources (e.g., desk, internet access, collections) will be provided

(3) brief budget (items and explanation), following the guidelines above

(4) complete CV.

This program is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications should be sent to Cathy Bester, iDigBio Project Assistant, at

For More Information

Inquiries about the program should be directed to Bruce MacFadden at

For further information about the HUB, please see iDigBio