As part of its mission of connecting artists, technologists, and scholars, the MIT Open Documentary Lab has established a Visiting Artists and Scholars residency program, the goal of which is to facilitate the residency of a limited number of accomplished artists, creative technologists, or scholars working in collaborative or interactive documentary forms. We are looking for applicants who have a track record of pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Residency positions are non-compensated appointments established to accommodate the visitors’ work and enrich the Open Documentary Lab community.
Visitors are expected to obtain their own support from grants obtained from a foundation, university, or other agency. OpenDocLab provides access to its seminars, colloquia, and conferences, as well as library and email facilities.
Students currently enrolled in a degree program are not eligible to become Visiting Artists or Scholars. Visiting Scholars are expected to have a Ph.D., and Visiting Artists several years of professional experience, or the equivalent.
Visitors must apply first to the Open Documentary Lab for appointment as a Visiting Artist or Scholar. The OpenDocLab will act as a liaison with the MIT International Scholars Office (ISchO) to process visa applications.
Requirements for International Scholars
In order to apply for a visa, international visiting artists or scholars will need to provide proof of the following:
- Minimum funding required per year (US$):
- Single: $30,000
- Married, no children: $33,000
- Married, 1 child: $35,000 (add $1200 per year for each additional child).
- Single, 1 child: $33,000 (add $1200 per year for each additional child).
- Health Insurance
How to Apply
Please send the following information:
- A letter describing the kind of work you would like to do while at MIT and the particular research project or faculty member whose research interests coincide with your own. Also include the dates you would like to visit.
- A curriculum vitae.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- At least one publication, writing sample, or portfolio of project work.
The application and all its parts (letters, etc.) should be addressed to OpenDocLab Director Sarah Wolozin, and mailed or e-mailed to the following address:
Comparative Media Studies
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 14E-303
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
- No later than April 1 for the following Fall semester (September 1).
- No later than September 1 for the following Spring semester (February 1).
Please note that the visa application process can take several months, so we especially encourage international Visiting Scholars to apply by the above deadlines.
If your application is accepted, the department will contact you with further details and paperwork about your visit.
Visiting Artists and Scholars at OpenDocLab are expected to:
- Stay at OpenDocLab for up to one year
- Give a presentation of their work to the OpenDocLab community
- Publish or present their work at OpenDocLab
- Participate in research groups and internal discussions
OpenDocLab will help integrate visitors into its community and facilitate their work by providing access to MIT’s libraries, an e-mail account, and admissions to OpenDocLab events such as colloquia, communications forms, and most of its conferences. Unfortunately, OpenDocLab cannot provide office space, housing, or computer workstations to Visiting Scholars.