Berkeley visiting researcher scholar and visiting student researcher appointments are temporary, allowing individuals a unique opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty member. The time spent as a visiting researcher scholar or visiting student researcher prepares you for a career in academia, industry, government and the non-profit sector. Each year, the University over 3,000 worldwide researchers who assist in its premiere educational and research mission.
The temporary appointment as a visiting researcher scholar or visiting student researcher is aimed to foster a hub of ideas and a collaborative space for innovation. Please note that previous and current UC staff and faculty, as well as all current UC students, are ineligible for these positions.
Visiting Researcher Scholar Definition
Visiting researcher scholars are individuals who possess a Ph.D. or its equivalent, and whose primary purpose for residence on the Berkeley campus is to conduct independent research. The length of stay for a visiting researcher scholar is at least one month and appointments are granted one year at a time, with a maximum cumulative appointment time of two years. Visiting researcher scholar positions are not compensated. However, units may provide a stipend of up to $10,000 per year. Such stipends can be used to cover things such as living expenses, travel costs, and incidental research expenses, but not as a form of salary compensation.
Visiting Student Researcher Definition
Visiting student researchers are applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program and are working to obtain a degree. Generally, visiting student researchers must hold a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent. Visiting student researcher positions are not compensated. However, units may provide a stipend of up to $10,000 per year. Such stipends can be used to cover things such as living expenses, travel costs, and incidental research expenses, but not as a form of salary compensation.
Students enrolled at a UC campus other than Berkeley who are resident at the Berkeley campus for short periods are granted the same benefits and privileges as Visiting Student Researchers. Consequently, they do not need to apply for Visiting Student Researcher status.
All visiting researcher scholar and visiting student researcher appointments are temporary and typically last between one month to one year. Although the maximum amount of time allowed as a scholar is two years, some scholars may be appointed for subsequent years with an exceptional approval request from the faculty sponsor/PI or department chair. With the sponsoring department or Organized Research Unit's approval, faculty mentors offer postions to appointees in writing. Offer letters must state the appointment duration, scholar status and relevant benefits information. Letters should be sent at least one month before the appointment start date. Potential appointees must accept the offer in writing.
Your first step should be to seek out faculty in a department you are interested in and see if anyone would be interested in collaborating with you on your research project. The department’s website has a list of all current faculty members and their contact information. Once you have a faculty member who has agreed to sponsor you, the faculty's home department will work with you directly to complete an electronic application form and other necessary paperwork. Additional requirements for eligibility can be found here.
If you have any questions, please contact your sponsoring unit or the Visiting Researcher Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Office at 510-643-9681, 44 Barrows Hall #2572.