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General Information for Visiting Researchers

The MVZ welcomes researchers who want to visit the Museum, especially from biodiverse and/or developing nations, to work in the collections or to collaborate with faculty, curators, and students. Researchers interested in access to the collections should contact a Curator to discuss their visit. Arrangements for short or longer-term residence in the Museum should be made through a sponsoring MVZ faculty or curator.

International Visitors
Visiting Scholars & Postdoc Affairs, UCB

Research Fellowships for Visiting Scholars

A limited number of fellowships (amounts up to $3,000) are available to visiting scholars for research conducted either at the MVZ or Hastings Natural History Reservation ( Recipients must carry out a specific project on terrestrial vertebrate zoology within a limited time period (maximum of six months), and are expected to be in residence at the Museum or Hastings. The program is designed to advance the training of the participant by having him/her pursue a research project in association with MVZ scientists in a museum or field setting. Thus, a major goal of the MVZ Research Fellowship program is to promote mutual scholarly interest and interactions of Fellows and MVZ researchers.

Qualified researchers who wish to visit the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology are eligible to apply for a research fellowship. Potential research fellows are encouraged to discuss their proposed project in advance with an MVZ Curator or Researcher. Fellows are judged primarily on their research abilities and experience, their commitment to long-term sustained collaborations, and the merits and scope of the proposed research. Fellows will be expected to present their research at a Museum seminar.

Application procedure

Applications require a statement of research interests, project description, budget, curriculum vitae with list of publications, three letters of reference, and a statement of support by an MVZ Curator or Researcher. Applications must be submitted to: MVZ Research Fellowships, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-3160.

A Faculty Committee will review applications, evaluate the merits of the application, assess the availability of resources to fulfill the project's objectives, and determine the importance of the project in relation to MVZ's mission.

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