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Scholarly Retreats

The ByWater Institute and A Studio in the Woods seek to enhance and support the scholarship, creativity and cross-disciplinary activity of Tulane faculty and trainees by awarding one to two-week residencies during the academic year. These residencies provide a retreat for faculty and trainees across disciplines to work on a discrete project or scholarly pursuit that can be new or complementary to ongoing work. This opportunity may be considered similar to an artist residency, writing fellowship or grant-in-aid. Previous honorees have used the retreat to analyze data, write an article, prepare for a conference or begin a new project.

An annual call for proposals is issued during the late winter or early spring. Applications can be made singly, though collaborative trans-discipline team applications are encouraged. Please contact Ama Rogan, Managing Director of ASITW, at arogan@tulane.edu with questions about proposal submission.

This opportunity is open to all Tulane University faculty, postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students with awards expected in each category. Open to any discipline or area of research though preference will be given to collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts. The application is currently closed and will reopen for the 2019-2020 academic year in the spring of 2019. Click here to view the most recent application. Click here to view a list of past scholarly residents.

Words from Scholarly Residents:

"Although we sometimes forget it, conducting scientific studies and writing academic papers also requires a passion and creativity... I had such an incredible experience at ASITW that I plan to participate in a weekly writing retreat annually going forward. In sum, my experience at ASITW could not have been more powerful and fulfilling." -Courtney N. Baker, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology  

"In my time at the Studio in the Woods, I was able to think deeply and write reflectively on some of the most challenging areas of scholarship that I most need to get to, but are also the most difficult to get to because they require a reflective space. [The Studio] provided this needed sanctuary and retreat from the demands of academic life, to make this important scholarly contribution to the field and provide a framework/plan for my future work." - Catherine Burnette, Ph.D., LMSW Assistant Professor, School of Social Work  

"A Studio in the Woods is a rare and beautiful place to have the opportunity to collaborate with Tulane colleagues and external experts on one of the most difficult parts of research-writing up articles and submitting proposals for publication...the "woods" lends to the atmosphere of production and regeneration so palpable at the Studio." - Nathan Morrow Research Assistant Professor, Payson Center for International Development