The Berkeley Center for New Media invites researchers of new media to apply to be a resident New Media Fellow under the University of California’s Visiting Researcher Scholar and Postdoctoral Affairs (VSPA) program.
Prospective candidates should initiate contact with possible Executive Committee faculty hosts at least five months before the date they would wish to start at UC Berkeley. Once candidates have confirmed a faculty sponsor, they must fill in this online application, where they will have the opportunity to describe their research project and reason for undertaking a fellowship at BCNM at this time.
The Executive Committee will review candidates’ applications and respond with a decision within two weeks. If approved, staff will work with candidates to complete university and federal paperwork. This includes proving that Fellows have adequate health insurance for themselves and their dependents. Candidates may have the opportunity to purchase health insurance through a group plan at University Health Services. Since waiting periods can range from 3 to 36 days, scholars are advised to purchase travel insurance to cover this period. See Health Insurance for International Visiting Scholars for more information. Scholars will only receive a formal offer of invitation once this process is complete.
Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Only under exceptional circumstances will the Center for New Media receive more than one visiting scholar at any given time.
Visiting scholar appointments at the Center for New Media are offered for a limited term, generally of one month, and no longer than four months.
The Center for New Media accepts a $2,000 donation for each month of a Fellow’s appointment. This donation will contribute to the VSPA appointment charge, visa processing, internet access, UC Berkeley email account and library privileges, along with 24-hour building access and a carrel at Sutardja Dai Hall.
Scholars are expected to introduce their research program to the Center’s Executive Committee on the first Monday they are in residence. This presentation serves to launch their studies at Berkeley. At the conclusion of their visit, fellows will submit a written report on their research progress, which will be shared on the BCNM website. Scholars will then receive a letter of recognition of their participation in the Visiting Scholar Program.
Scholars may audit courses with a professor’s permission but will not receive academic credit. This privilege does not apply to courses offered by Summer Sessions or University Extension.
Fellows are solely responsible for organizing and financing their room and board. Scholars are eligible to use Cal Rentals services for an additional Housing Office fee. Many former fellows have preferred independent services such as Airbnb. Fellows are also liable for finding and providing their own health insurance.
Scholars are entitled to obtain a Fee Lot Permit for use in campus parking lots at the faculty/staff rate upon presentation of a valid Cal 1 ID Card. They are also eligible for discounts on bus passes and the use of the campus shuttle service. Visit Parking & Transportation for more information on fees.
Fellows may also purchase a discounted membership at the Recreational Sports Facility, located at 2301 Bancroft Way.
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