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Visiting Scholars Program

Our department welcomes scholars from universities, institutes, and agencies from around the world to produce innovative collaborative research, enrich our intellectual community, and build professional relationships that will continue for years to come. To be considered for an appointment commencing the following academic year, complete application files should be received by December 1. Visiting Scholar appointments are typically approved for a maximum of one year, though requests to renew for a second year will be considered in cases of ongoing collaborative research. The department does not support formal short-term visiting scholar appointments for periods of one quarter or less.

Appointment as a Visiting Scholar provides access to our libraries and other campus resources as well as involvement in departmental and campus academic activities such as colloquium series, conferences, and seminars. When available, scholars are also provided with shared office space. Visiting Scholar appointments do not provide funding, health insurance, office supplies, or administrative support.

Application Requirements

Faculty Sponsorship & Collaborative Research Project(s)

All visiting scholars are required to have a Political Science faculty sponsor with whom they will be collaborating during the planned visit. It is the responsibility of the prospective visiting scholar to provide a research proposal detailing the collaborative project(s), obtain the faculty member's commitment to serve as a sponsor for the specified time period, and submit all required application materials to the sponsor in a timely fashion. Only applications submitted through a departmental faculty sponsor will be considered.Please note that faculty sponsorship does not imply any financial responsibility on the part of the faculty member or the department.

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree)

All visiting scholars are required to have a doctoral degree in hand before the commencement of the visit. Any requests for exceptions for visiting graduate students must be supported and  justified by the applicant's faculty sponsor.

Curriculum Vitae

All applications must include a current CV (in English).

Proof of Funding

The department does not provide any financial assistance to visiting scholars. Applicants must provide documentation of funding sources. (For non-U.S. citizens, documentation of such funding is also reqired for the visa application.) If the original documentation is not in English or USD$, a translated/converted version must also be included.

Visa Status

Foreign applicants should include a brief description of current visa status and indicate whether UCSD visa sponsorship for the visit is required.


All materials should be emailed (preferred), faxed, or mailed to the faculty sponsor who will then endorse and forward to the department for review.

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