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Visiting Scholars Program

The NSF-Simons National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology invites scholars to apply to its Visiting Scholars Program.
The goal of this program is to enhance collaborations between biological and mathematical scientists
and to stimulate creative thinking and interdisciplinary science.

Description of Appointment

Participants will be appointed for an extended period (from ten days up to six months) to visit and work in the NSF-Simons National Institute for Theory and Mathematics in Biology’s (NITMB) headquarters at 875 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. NITMB Visiting Scholars will be granted a shared office and, upon request, may also be affiliated with one or more of the NITMB’s research groups. This can include working within a group’s experimental lab developing or learning new methods, or conducting research.


NITMB Visiting Scholars participate in the vibrant intellectual life of the NITMB, including convening programs, workshops, seminars, tutorials, and theme research-in-progress meetings. Participants are encouraged to share their expertise and knowledge with NITMB members in these forums. NITMB Visiting Scholars can use their time for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to 1) initiation and growth of cross-disciplinary collaborations, 2) problem-solving central to their research, and 3) immersion in fields that are unfamiliar but of interest.


NITMB Visiting Scholars receive university identification and email accounts, access to library facilities, including online journals, and elective health insurance coverage. Mail, copying, and scanning facilities are also available.​


Financial support for housing is provided on an as-needed basis. Please note that the NITMB is unable to provide salary for Visiting Scholars.​


While researchers may alternatively apply to visit the NITMB as part of one of its Convening Programs, the NITMB Visiting Scholars Program is intended to be a separate, independent mechanism to apply to be in residence at the NITMB.

Tatyana Sharpee presents in front of a video screen

Tatyana Sharpee, Salk Institute, presents at the Emerging Directions Workshop on February 21, 2023.


Faculty, research faculty, technical staff, postdoctoral fellows, and enrolled Ph.D. and Masters students from research institutions or national laboratories in the U.S. and abroad are eligible to apply. Ongoing research activity in either biology or mathematics/theory is a criterion. Applicants from teaching-intensive colleges, minority-serving institutions, and non-PhD granting institutions are encouraged to apply.


Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. To submit your application, use this form and upload your pdfs. The formatting of all documents should be in 11-point font, single-spaced, with minimum 0.5-inch margins. Note: The review process runs from three to four weeks. After acceptance, the processing time may take up to six months for international or non-resident visitors and up to two months for domestic visitors. Please consider this timing when submitting your application.

Materials required for submission:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (5-page limit)

  2. Statement of Purpose (instructions below)

  3. Letter of Institutional Support from a department chair (for faculty) or principal investigator or direct supervisor (for other applicants)

Statement of Purpose: Please provide a justification for a visiting scholar appointment by answering the following questions. Limit of 2 pages. Embedded figures are acceptable.

  • What are your research interests at the interface of mathematics and biology?

  • What length(s) of time would you like to stay?

  • What is it you would like to achieve while at the NITMB?

  • What expertise and knowledge do you provide to enrich the NITMB?

  • Are you requesting financial assistance for housing?  If so, please describe your housing needs.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. For additional information, please see the Universities' Statements on Diversity.

Northwestern University's Statement on Diversity

University of Chicago's Statement on Diversity

Northwestern University and the University of Chicago are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employers and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the Universities’ Notices of Nondiscrimination.

Northwestern University's Notice of Nondiscrimination

University of Chicago's Notice of Nondiscrimination

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