Visiting Scholar Appointments

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. 

Per the University of California Office of the President policy, 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 the UCOP APM-430 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.