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Visiting Scholar Program

Purpose:
·  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

Program Details:  
·  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:
   Apartment/room                          $350-900/month
   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
   -----------------------------------------------
   Car                                             $10,000
   (can be useful, but carpooling with current students is also possible if living in the same vicinity)
   Car insurance                              $1,500/year
   Gas                                            $1,500

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
.

Before Arrival

·  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)

Upon Arrival
·  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