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Vallee Visiting Professorships FAQ


What is a Vallee Visiting Professorship?
The VVP program was designed originally by Bert Vallee to promote intellectual exchanges and foster new partnerships by making it possible for a distinguished scientist to visit another laboratory for longer than the usual one or two days, as is usual when invited to give a lecture, but for a shorter period than a semester or a year. VVP sabbaticals are typically four weeks long, preferably at a single institution, and are used to pursue scholarly research, participate in colloquia, learn new techniques, and meet with the scientists, scholars and students at the host institution.  It is customary for the VVP to give a public Vallee Lecture while in residence, and additional interactions with the local academic community are encouraged.  In addition to the one-month visit, VVPs become part of a community of leaders in the life sciences.  VVPs are invited to participate in Vallee Foundation programs such as the biennial summer research symposia and, from time to time, to serve on Foundation committees.
Are expenses covered?
VVPs receive an honorarium as well as reimbursement for travel and accommodation. 
How are the host institutions selected?
VVPs may select any biomedical research institute worldwide.  This includes, but is not limited to, universities and independent research organizations.
May I split the sabbatical between several institutions?
The Board feels that VVPs get the maximum benefit from spending the entire month at one institution. If necessary, however, the sabbatical may be divided between no more than two institutions.  Ideally, the visit should coincide, at least in part, with an academic term.
How can I become a Vallee Visiting Professor?
Applications are not accepted. Two to four VVPs are appointed by the Foundation Board from a pool of nominees each year.