Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars Program of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute is designed to enable faculty and scholars from or with ties to East Asia to enrich their academic careers by engaging in research and scholarship related to East Asia at Columbia University. The Institute provides Visiting Scholars with access to Columbia University facilities and libraries. Scholars may audit courses throughout the university, conduct research, and participate in the activities of the Institute.

Visiting Scholars may affiliate with the Institute for one or two semesters, and must be sponsored by an Institute faculty member during their stay. Scholars must attend a Visiting Scholars research seminar once a semester, and provide a final report of 250 words to be submitted to the Institute director at the end of their stay.

List of Current Visiting Scholars

Language Requirements

Working knowledge of spoken and written English is necessary. Applicants whose English proficiency is insufficient should consider applying for enrollment in the Columbia University American Language Program (ALP), a twelve-week intensive English language program which runs from May to August. ALP fees are not covered by the Professional Fellows Program.

Application Requirements

  • Sponsorship of an Institute faculty member
  • Current affiliation with an academic institution and a Ph.D. in respective area or field
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English (exemption from this requirement is permitted only under special circumstances)
  • $300 visa processing fee (by check made payable to Columbia University; or by credit card)
  • $50 administrative application fee (by check made payable to Columbia University; or by money order)
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay
  • Application Procedure

    If you meet the above requirements, please submit the following items to be considered for the program:

  • curriculum vitae
  • research proposal
  • letter of recommendation by sponsoring Institute faculty member
  • In addition to the $300 visa processing fee and $50 application fee, you will need at least $2800 per month for yourself to cover living expenses. If your family intends to accompany you, an additional $1,000 per month for your spouse and $500 per month per child is required.
  • Application Deadlines

  • To begin research on January 1st (Spring Semester) applications to be submitted by* October 1 of the preceding year.
  • To begin research on September 1st (Fall Semester) applications to be submitted by* May 15 of that year.
    *The fall semester generally runs from September 1 to December 20, and the spring semester from January 15 to May 15.
  • For further information or to submit materials please contact:

    Visiting Scholars Program
    Columbia University
    Weatherhead East Asian Institute
    420 West118th Street, MC 3333
    9th Floor International Affairs Building
    New York, NY 10027
    Phone: 212-854-2592
    Fax: 212-749-1497
    E-mail: Rattana Bounsouaysana at




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