Visiting Scholar Program

If you have any additional questions about the program that are not covered on this site, please contact the Visiting Scholar Program Administrator at the email address below:

Skye VanValkenburgh


1+510.643.6322 (office)

Please submit all applications to

Please note: Applications sent elsewhere will not be reviewed. 

Program Start Date
Application Deadline

 For Arrival During the Fall Semester


March 15th or at least 4 months in advance of your anticipated start date
11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time 

For Arrival During the
Spring & Summer Semesters

August 15th or at least 4 months in advance of your anticipated start date
11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time 

About the Program

Since the 1950s, scholars in the Chinese Studies field from throughout the world have been in residence as Visiting Scholars at the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS). These honorary affiliates are chosen on the strength of their proposed research projects and the ability of the faculty or library resources on the Berkeley campus to meet their research needs. CCS scholars conduct comparative and area studies research in their field of study on the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Chinese diaspora in other countries. We welcome applicants who wish to conduct independent or collaborative research (with prior approval from a faculty sponsor) on a research project of their choosing. CCS scholars generally remain at the Center for six months to two years and also participate regularly in the Center's scholarly life and academic programs. Scholars are granted basic access to the university library system, limited photocopy and mailing privileges, and shared office space (if available). For a full list of privileges, program prerequisites, and application instructions, please visit the Prospective Scholar’s page.

Prospective Scholars

If you are interested in applying to the CCS Visiting Scholar Program, please see the Prospective Scholar page for a detailed breakdown of the application procedures.

Resources for Incoming & Current Scholars

If you are an incoming or current scholar looking for useful resources related to your immigration status/campus affiliation, health and safety on campus, departure and travel procedures, useful APPS and more, please visit the Resources for Scholars page.

Former Scholars

If you are a former scholar requesting a program verification letter, please visit this link to submit a request. Information for employers and other academic institutions detailing how to verifying a scholar's affiliation with CCS can also be found on the Former Scholars page.

Visiting Scholar Activities

CCS coordinates excursions and other activities for visiting scholars and their families as a means to provide a more enriching cultural and academic experience abroad. Visit the Visiting Scholar Activities page to take a look at current and past excursions!

Resources for Faculty Sponsors

If you are a CCS affiliated faculty member interesting in acting as a faculty sponsor and/or want to learn more about what sponsorship means for you, please see the Resources for Faculty page to access our FAQ and general Letter of Support guidelines.

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Current Scholar Directory

This link will take you to the CCS People page where you will find a list of all current visiting scholars and visiting student researchers at CCS.

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