Below are many of the most common questions asked by prospective and new fellows at CHF. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, simply e-mail fellowships@chemheritage.org or travelgrants@chemheritage.org.

Application process

  • Am I allowed to apply for a concurrent fellowship?
  • When are successful candidates notified?
  • Is my research project appropriate? What sorts of projects does CHF fund?
  • How are references submitted?

International fellows

  • Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply for a fellowship?
  • Does CHF provide visas to foreign fellows?
  • How does the visa process work?
  • What are the language requirements (if any)?

Life at CHF and other logistical details

  • When should I arrive at Philadelphia for my fellowship? How long is appropriate for me to stay?
  • Will I have to be in Philadelphia all the time?
  • Is it possible to split my fellowship term up?
  • How will my stipend be paid, and to where?
  • Will I need to pay taxes on my stipend?
  • Will CHF provide health insurance?
  • What IT facilities are there at CHF?
  • Am I expected to keep set hours?
  • Am I permitted to work from home occasionally?
  • What hours do fellows have access to the library?
  • Will I get an office? Are the offices shared? Do they have a lock or is the area generally secure?
  • Is there a dress code at CHF?
  • What latitude do I have for attending conferences and colloquia?
  • What should I know for my first few days at CHF?

Academic life in Philadelphia

Coming to and living in Philadelphia

  • How do I get to Philadelphia?
  • How does one get around Philadelphia?
  • Will CHF cover my costs to come to Philadelphia?
  • How will I find accommodation in Philadelphia?

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