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Visiting Scholar Definition/Eligibility

Visiting Scholars Appointed through the Graduate Division – Definition and Eligibility

Visiting scholars appointed through the Graduate Division are senior scholars and distinguished visitors who hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent and hold an appointment comparable to those of UCLA faculty. Visiting scholars are usually on temporary leave from their universities or research centers. They visit the campus for relatively short periods of time, usually no longer than a year, serve as senior researchers, collaborate on research projects and publications with faculty members, and pursue independent research.

Ordinarily, visiting scholars are self-supported, or have adequate support funds from sources outside the University and are considered peers of the faculty, unlike Postdoctoral Scholars who enroll with the Graduate Division for an approved postdoctoral research and training objective under faculty supervision. Note, formal teaching duties and/or contributions to a UC-sponsored research project are typically not permitted under the "Visiting Scholar" title, since it presumes no formal employment arrangement with the sponsoring department.

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES): Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program

The CIES sponsors the appointment of international scholars at U.S. campuses nationwide. The CIES sponsors the visa and provides funding, including health insurance, to its participants. However, the UCLA sponsoring department should still complete the Visiting Scholar appointment form in order to extend UCLA privileges and courtesies.

More information is available on the CIES Visiting Scholar Program web site.