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Schomburg Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program Criteria

[ Developed by Minority Faculty and Staff Association ]

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2016

General Guidelines
  1. The candidates should have a demonstrated record of scholarly /artistic achievement.
  2. The candidate should have significant experience in his / her discipline or area of specialization.
  3. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of success involving their area of expertise with a diverse student population.
  4. The candidate should have an awareness and appreciation for cultural differences among our student population.
  5. The candidate, preferably, should be of minority persuasion.
  6. The candidate should be capable of identifying with ethnically diverse students to the extent of serving as a model and mentor.


  1. Provide a brief purpose of the proposed program and list desired outcomes that will result from the program.
  2. Identify the Sponsoring faculty / convening group / unit
  3. Identify the Scholar and provide a brief but clear description of the proposal and college related events.
  4. Describe applicant’s qualifications for this grant.
  5. Identify the duration of the visiting scholars’ residency on campus and the community population to be involved with the project.
  6. Provide the projected program schedule during academic year 2016-2017.
  7. Include (if you have received a sponsored project in the past) a brief description of the   program, date, scholar, amounts etc.  Note that projects that have received Schomburg funding within the last two years are NOT eligible for a new award.
  8. Include a proposed budget request from the Schomburg Scholars program and any supplemental budget requests (please specify amount and funding source).
  9. Include supporting materials, (press releases, bios, resumes, etc.)
  10. Describe how the success of the program will be measured.


Successful applicants agree to provide the committee with program documentation,
including posters; press releases; photographs, and other documents appropriate for a Schomburg website.

All Schomburg performers and their Ramapo sponsors, must complete and sign a contract.

All performers who receive payment for services must also complete a W-9 form.

For more information on this process please review the General Guidelines.


Applicants may submit proposals electronically or in hard copy to Clare Naporano – Office of the Provost – The Mansion – Room M102.  Email:

A confirmation of receipt will be emailed to your Ramapo address.  If you do not receive a receipt within 3 business days you must check that the proposal has actually been received.  Late or lost submissions are not guaranteed consideration for funding.

Prof. Warner Wada, chair


  1. A contract must be completed for each performer/group – even if there is a last-minute substitution for the original performer.  No one is excluded from completing the contract – regardless of the amount of the honorarium or stipend.
  2. If a performer is to receive any type of payment, such as an honorarium than they must also complete a W-9 form.
  3. The state of NJ does not permit public institutions such as Ramapo, to pay for the following things:
    1. Alcohol, when dining out – or for personal consumption in a hotel room.
    2. Anything outside of basic food  – such as flowers, gum, fruit in a hotel room, mini bar etc. or any other incidentals.
    3. Mileage or car service from home to airport or any other means of transportation, or parking at “home” airport or any expenses incurred at “home” airport.
    4. Car rental fees for luxury or town cars – only economy cars.
    5. The regular travel rate of $36.00 per day applies to scholars’ meals. When possible, dining vouchers, obtained through the Provost Office, should be encouraged for use by Schomburg Scholars.    All other sponsoring faculty or guests may not be reimbursed for any meals purchased off campus during the scholars’ stay.


All expenses should be pre-approved by the Provosts’ office.  Other departments on campus should not be procuring services or  purchasing materials for performers/scholars.  In some cases if monies have already been expended they can be reimbursed or transferred back from the Schomburg account provided original receipts are provided.

Honorarium – performers who live outside the US:

Without a tax ID or Social Security number the person cannot fill out the W-9; however, for non-US citizens a copy of the Visa or Passport is required.  There is no other tax form that a non-USA citizen can complete.

The rule for non-resident alien payments is that 30%  is withheld from the payment.  Ramapo submits this to the IRS.  The awardee will receive an IRS tax form 1042, and will have to file a return to possibly receive a refund of the amount withheld.

In some cases there is an agreement between the US and the country of the performer and there will be no withholding – however, this is something to be checked with the Ramapo Controller at Extension 7494 before submitting an honorarium.

Air travel – must be made by the performers themselves who are then reimbursed.  Travel cannot be billed through the Roukema Center etc.

Lodging – International scholars who need overnight housing can consider either of the following:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Mahwah
180 Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey, United States 07430
Tel: 1-201-529-5880    Fax:  1-201-529-4767

Reservations must be made by the office of the Provost.  Guests of Ramapo will receive special rates and do not pay room tax.

The following is an approximate cost for rooms:

Ramapo’s current rate is $129- Monday, Tues , Wed.
Regular rate this month is 179.00
Weekend rate is 102.00 for Ramapo
And ranges from 109-124.00 regular rate

International scholars can also lodge at the White House on the Ramapo Campus.  Costs for this must be discussed with Ben Levy, Director of International Education – ext. 7806.

International Scholar’s Residence Page:


Visas, and misc travel documents  – should be discussed with Rajesh Adhikari, Assoc Dir International Students and Scholar Services, International Education, before any arrangements are made with the performer/scholar.  Raj can be reached at: ext. 7567.

Contract (PDF)

W-9 Form (PDF)