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Columbia Univ. Visiting Scholars Program

Wheatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Program Overview

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.

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
Proficiency in written and spoken English (exemption from this requirement is permitted only under special circumstances)
$250 application fee (by check made payable to Columbia University)
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
We estimate that in addition to the $250 application fee, you will need at least $1600 per month for yourself to cover living expenses. If your family intends to accompany you, an additional $700 per month for your spouse and $350 per month per child is required.

Application Deadlines

To begin research on: Applications to be submitted by:
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

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