Who is eligible for a Visiting Scholar Appointment?
A visiting scholar appointment allows individuals with a Ph.D. (or the terminal degree in their field) earned more than 5 years ago the chance to participate in short-term educational or research projects under the supervision of a UC Berkeley faculty member.
Scholars must be on leave from an academic position or other employment, and the primary purpose of their residency on the Berkeley campus must be to conduct independent research. Remote appointments are not permitted; all visits must be conducted on campus. Appointments are granted one year at a time, with a minimum appointment of 30 days and a maximum of two years. Current UC (all campuses) staff, faculty, and postdocs, as well as all current UC students, are ineligible for these positions. Visiting scholars may not hold concurrent employment/appointment at UC Berkeley or any other UC campus during their visiting scholar appointment (e.g. Lecturer title to teach).
Foreign visiting scholars are primarily on the J or F-1 OPT visa. B visas are not permitted for this research title.
Are Visiting Scholars Compensated?
Visiting scholars may not be compensated for conducting research. However, individual research units or departments may provide a living allowance of up to $20,000 per year to scholars to offset the cost of living in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Departments may also request approval to reimburse a visiting scholar's UC Berkeley business-related travel costs, and incidental research expenses, as long as they are aligned with UC Berkeley policy.
How does one obtain a Visiting Scholar Appointment?
Please contact the academic department or a faculty member whose research aligns with your training and research goals. They will help you determine your eligibility and notify you if they are accepting visiting scholars. They may also assist in covering the required University Services Fee on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
Visiting Scholar Programs by Department
The following list is only a sampling of departmental visiting scholar programs on campus. Not all departments have a formal website dedicated to visiting scholars.
- African American Studies
- Berkeley Center for New Media
- Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
- Berkeley Law
- Center for Chinese Studies
- Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
- Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)
- Center for Korean Studies
- Center for Latin American Studies
- Center for Middle Eastern Studies
- Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society
- Center for Studies in Higher Education
- Center for the Study of Law & Society
- Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Ethnic Studies
- Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
- Gender & Women's Studies
- Haas School of Business
- History Department
- Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR)
- Institute for Legal Research
- Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE)
- Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
- Institute of East Asian Studies
- Institute of European Studies
- Institute of Governmental Studies
- Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)
- Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD)
- Molecular and Cell Biology
- Political Science
- Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing
- Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology