Visiting Scholar

Applicants must satisfy all of the following specifications:


-Proposed visit is to conduct research for the purpose of meeting degree requirements from another university;

-Proposed research is of mutual interest to and endorsed by an academic department.

-The appointment term must be at least one month and not more than one year in duration;

- Have obtained at least a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent.

-Each year the Graduate Program hosts some 30 to 35 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Researchers ("Visitors") from around the world. Visiting Researcher is generally someone who is working towards a graduate degree or doing postgraduate work at another institution.

-The length of stay for a visiting researcher scholar is at least one month and appointments are granted one year at a time, with a maximum cumulative appointment time of two years.

-Visiting Researcher Scholar status does not guarantee assignment of an office or workspace. These must be negotiated with the sponsoring department or research unit.

Application Process

In general, applications can be submitted anytime but will be considered three times a year: February 15, June 15, and October 15. However, the application process is currently closed until September 1, 2020. Under extenuating circumstances, an applicant may submit a request to have an application evaluated outside of these time frames, especially if the applicant hoped to arrive soon and planned a brief (under two months) visit.

An application consists of:

  • a current curriculum vitae;

  • 250 - 500 words describing the research the visitor proposes to do during his or her visit;

  • a covering letter, specifying:

1. the visitor's institutional affiliation and status;

2. the beginning and ending dates of the planned visit; 

3. the purpose of the visit and why the Fields Institute is their preferred location

4.  what level and kind of funding the applicant has to support the visit; and

5. at least one local faculty member who has been contacted or who works most closely in the same research area as the applicant.