Research Award

2024 Visual Resources Research Award

Dates for 2024 will be: applications due by Feb. 1, informed by February 20. Applications for 2024 are now closed.

Dates for 2025 will be: applications by Nov. 1, informed by Dec. 1 for March-November visit.

Call for Applications:

2024 Visual Resources Research Award

The Princeton University Department of Art & Archaeology Visual Resources (VR) group provides visual materials to support the department curriculum and research. VR also manages the documentation of the various archaeological expeditions the department has undertaken in e.g., Syria, Sardis (Turkey), Antioch (Turkey), Morgantina (Sicily), and Polis (Cyprus). In addition, VR maintains faculty collections of photographs, including the Pennoyer collection of WWII damage to Italian monuments, the archives of Byzantinist Kurt Weitzmann, and the documentation of the restoration of Hilandar Monastery in Mount Athos by Slobodan Nenadovic, to name just a few.

Every year VR hosts several visiting scholars to consult these collections, and while we welcome visitors, we recognize that having the ability to travel to Princeton is an undertaking many cannot afford. While VR is taking steps to digitize these collections for public accessibility, many collections remain accessible only through on-site visits. To assist scholars in using these collections, VR is providing a residency award for short-term stays.

Visual Resources invites applications for a Research Award for late-stage undergraduates, doctoral students, recent doctorates, tenured and non-tenured faculty, and independent scholars. The award covers round-trip airfare (up to $1500) and ground transportation to Princeton, as well as accommodation for one week and meals covered by reimbursement.

Applications must be received by November 1, 2024 for awards to be implemented between March-November of the following year. Applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest that includes a short project description outlining the need for in-person research, and their CV. This is not a fellowship and is not eligible for visa sponsorship. We encourage applications from individuals whose interests, perspectives, and experiences align with Princeton’s commitment to building a diverse intellectual community, and who, through their research, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of Princeton’s academic community.

Please submit your application (the letter of interest with project description and the applicant’s CV) to as a pdf with your surname as part of the filename.


Q: I’ve been to Visual Resources already; can I apply for this?

A: Yes.

Q: I’d like to utilize the Princeton University Library Collections as well, during my visit, is that possible?

A: Maybe. The focus of your work should be on the department collections. However, if you wish to consult the PUL collections while here, you are welcome to reach out to them separately to do so.

Q: Will you sponsor my visa?

A: No, these are not appointments through the Dean of the Faculty’s office, and therefore not eligible for visa sponsorship. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should consult with your home institution about visa issues before applying/traveling.

Q: I live far away, should I bother applying?

A: We want to offer this to scholars who would otherwise not be able to make the journey. Please do apply.

Q: When will I hear if I have been given an award?

A: Applicants will be notified by Dec. 1 of the year. Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to apply again.

Q: When should I plan to visit?

A: The academic year at Princeton is full of interesting events open to the public, but the summer is also a wonderfully quiet time for research on campus. We only suggest that you avoid major events on campus, i.e. commencement and reunions as well as student move-in and the first week of classes. [Link to academic calendar]

Q: I have additional questions. Whom can I ask?

A: Please reach out to if you have any additional questions.