The Elling Eide Center Research Library and Preserve welcomes applications for its Visiting Scholars and Researchers Program. Applications from scholars and researchers of all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered, but preference will be given to applicants whose research focuses on topics related China, Inner Asia, or greater East Asia before 1500 CE.

Situated on a beautiful 72-acre waterfront preserve on Little Sarasota Bay, the Center’s research library houses more than 60,000 volumes covering every period of Chinese history from ancient times to the modern era and an extensive collection of more than 300 scholarly journals from around the world. Areas of concentration include medieval China from the fourth through tenth centuries, pre-modern peoples and languages of Central and Inner Asia, and poetry of the Tang Dynasty, a field in which Elling O. Eide made a significant and lasting scholarly mark. Holdings are in Chinese, Uyghur, English, Japanese, Korean, Russian, German, and French.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Positions are available during the academic year from October to May. Summer residencies will also be considered. The duration of stay is flexible and should be determined by the research and writing agenda of the applicant.

On site housing may be available. Visiting scholars will also have access to the Eide Center research library and electronic resources, access to office space (if available), and printing, photocopying, and mailing privileges.

Prospective Visiting Scholar and Researcher Prerequisites

Visiting Scholars must hold a Ph.D. or MFA and have a teaching position at a university.

Visiting Graduate Researchers must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking graduate program and be in the research and writing stage of their thesis or dissertation.

Additional Requirements:

If the applicant is not a U.S. Permanent Resident or Citizen, they must also meet all U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa Immigration Requirements for International Visiting Scholars. 

There will be a required onboarding/registration meeting with the Visiting Scholar Program administrator.

At the end of the appointment, scholars are expected to give a public talk on their research or writing project and submit a final report on the outcome of their research, including copies of publications or drafts of papers completed during their affiliation with the Center. 

Please complete the application form below. At least one (1) letter of reference should be mailed directly from the referee to Please put “Letter of Reference: [applicant last name]” in the subject line.

For more information, please contact Dr. Matthew Wells at