Visiting Scholar Application Process

Visiting scholars may, without the payment of tuition or other fees, audit classes (with the exception of courses offered by Summer Session or U.C. Extension), participate in seminars with the consent of the instructors, confer with faculty members, and receive mail at the departmental address. Other privileges include use of campus libraries, computing services, fee parking permit, football ticket discounts, and recreational sports facilities discounts. Use of housing services is available for an additional fee. International visiting scholars may be eligible for lodging at the International House.

The Philosophy Department regrets that it is unable to offer Visiting Scholars office space, computer equipment, or teaching opportunities.

Instructions for Applicants

The application deadlines for visiting scholar status are April 15 for the following Fall semester and September 15 for the following Spring semester. Candidates are encouraged to contact their prospective faculty sponsor at Berkeley well in advance of the application deadlines.

Send items 1, 2 and 3 directly to your faculty sponsor as email attachments. Please also make sure that the Statement of Support from your faculty sponsor is included with the application.

  1. Fill out the VSPA Application Form. Save this file to your desktop with a different name.

  2. Include a description of the research project and the name of the faculty sponsor.

  3. Attach a current curriculum vitae.

  4. Obtain a Statement of Support from your faculty sponsor.

  5. Postdocs only: Fax a copy of the Ph.D. diploma or certificate of completion of Ph.D. requirements to your faculty sponsor at 510–642–4164.

Candidates should not send forms directly to the VSPA Website, as that will only delay the process.

Once the faculty sponsor has all of the application materials they will be forwarded to the Departmental Visiting Scholars Committee. If the application is approved by the department you will be contacted about arrival procedures, and if necessary, the visa procedures.

Visiting scholars are assessed a $500 University Services Fee which is payable via credit card after arrival, as well as a $300 Departmental Administrative Fee for their appointment.

If the application is approved, and you are a prospective international visiting scholar, you will be required to obtain a J-1 visa. A Visiting International Scholar DS-2019 Request Form will be provided, and a wire transfer to cover the $500 visa processing fee as well as the $300 Departmental Administrative Fee will be requested.

Please pay particular attention to the following when completing the application form:

Permanent Address: Give an address where correspondence may always reach you, before and after the duration of your proposed visit.

Visa Classification: Specify the letter and number of the visa classification (example: J-1); if not yet obtained, specify the type for which you will apply.

Degree: Applicants with foreign degrees must give the name of the degree as it appears on their diploma. Do not translate the original name of the degree or the name of the institution conferring this degree, except to put the names into the English alphabet. If you are currently pursuing a degree or are a candidate for a degree, please so indicate and give the name of the degree and expected date of conferral. Approval of appointment will be contingent upon completion of the necessary requirements for your doctoral degree.

General: Please submit the application at least three to four months in advance of the application deadline. The Department will directly notify you regarding the approval or denial of your application. Send your completed electronic VSPA application directly to your faculty sponsor (without your signature) via e-mail as an attachment along with the required documents listed above.