Wet cleaning large fragile textiles from the Winterthur collections
· Provide conservation education for those who cannot access the WUDPAC MSc program due to the structure and
availability of education in their home countries
· Continually expand the awareness of WUDPAC faculty and students with respect to conservation practice world wide
Visiting Scholar Qualifications:
· Must be a practicing conservation professional or student in a related training program in the country of origin
· Must have a working knowledge of English
· Must have the equivalent of a university undergraduate degree
· Preference is given to those who:
— Have no or limited formal training programs in the country of origin
— Are looking for internship experiences at the end of their training in specialties not offered in the country of origin
· 2-12 month internships are possible
· One scholar per year is accepted
· Visiting scholars will likely be placed in classes with the first-year Winterthur University of Delaware Program in
Art Conservation Master’s fellows and be expected to participate fully in all projects, courses, assignments etc…
This can be modified if needed.
· You will be provided a mentor at Winterthur with whom you should meet regularly.
· No formal degree is offered, but a certificate of participation can be provided.
· No formal tuition is charged, but all living, travel, and supply expenses, including a $100 Visa application fee for UD
and a $180 application fee for the State Department will be the responsibility of the visiting scholar.
Application requirements and procedures – all materials to be submitted in English:
· 1 to 2 page written description of current and recent conservation activities.
· 1 to 2 page written statement about why the applicant wants to come to Winterthur/University of Delaware and what
he/she would hope to accomplish/gain as a visiting scholar.
· One condition/treatment report of three pages or more.
· 3 letters of recommendation at least one of which includes comments on the applicant’s command
of the English language.
· Telephone conversation with one or more members of the International Committee to further assess the applicant’s
command of the English language.
Estimated total cost per individual per year, $17,000 - $31,000, broken down as follows:
Utilities (with telephone) $2,400/year
Food $3,600/year @ $300/month
Travel to/fr USA $1,000 - $3,000
Health Insurance (mandatory) $1,300 - $2,500
Tool kit computer supplies & ink $1000 (includes the purchase of a laptop $700)
UD Visiting scholars fee $100
State Department Visa fee $180
Conferences: AIC/ANAGPIC… $1500+ depending on where it is
(can be useful, but carpooling with current students is also possible if living in the same vicinity)
Car insurance $1,500/year
Forms & Rules Required by the University of Delaware Office for International Students & Scholars:
· Visiting Scholars will normally be issued a DS-2019 from the University of Delaware Office for International
Students and Scholars office and enter the US on a J-1 visa. The length of stay for the J-1 visa can vary from
three weeks to five years, depending on the category requested.
· The Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitors, or DS-2019, is the form that is presented at the US Consulate
or Embassy to obtain a J-1 visa to enter the U.S. More information can be found at http://travel.state.gov/visa.
Before going to the consulate or embassy a fee of $180 must be paid and a receipt received by the Department of
Homeland Security. Please see details at http://www.fmjfee.com.
· Proof of financial support, for the period requested, is mandatory for the visa application. Funding can come from
personal/family funds, home government or home institution. Proof of funding (a copy of your bank statement) is required
before a DS-2019 form can be issued. The minimum amount required for 1 year is $10,000 plus $3,000 for each dependent .
· Review conservation terminology (see http://www.zotero.org/groups/aic_lexicon_project_bibliography)
· Prepare a talk to introduce yourself to the faculty and students (PowerPoint or Prezi is recommended)
· You will be picked up at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
· We will aid you in getting established and settled when you arrive.
· We will provide evaluations but not formal grades.
· You will have a care and handling session.
· You will be expected to take part in all activities and be an active member of the conservation program.
· You will be expected to handle artifacts only during formal hours or when there is a faculty member present.
· You will practice laboratory safety precautions.
· You will be provided a mentor at Winterthur with whom you should meet regularly