Prospective Scholars: Application Procedures
The Center for Chinese Studies will review applications for visiting scholar/student status on a first come first serve basis. As it can take scholars up to four months to go through the entire application and post-acceptance procedures, we suggest that applicants submit applications for visiting scholar/student status in accordance with the deadlines below, or at least four months in advance of their ideal appointment start date. Please reference the table below for a guideline of when you should submit your application.
After you have submitted your application, please allow up to two weeks for the review period.
As requests for invitation letters tend to be related to securing funding documents, we suggest that applicants who plan to apply for outside funding apply to our visiting scholar program in advance of the funding agency’s application deadline. If you are an international scholar/graduate student, your post-acceptance nomination status will be contingent upon meeting the funding requirements as outlined in the U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa Immigration Requirements.
|Program Start Date
For Arrival During the Fall Semester
March 15th or at least 4 months in advance of your anticipated start date
|For Arrival During the
Spring & Summer Semesters
If you would like to plan your affiliation dates around the start of the Spring, Summer, or Fall Academic Semesters, please visit the UC Berkeley Academic Calendar for the most updated scheduling information.
Secure a Faculty Sponsor
- Visiting Students are required to secure a faculty sponsor prior to application.
- Visiting Scholars may choose to secure a faculty sponsor prior to application, but it is not required.
All applicants may search for a potential faculty sponsor whose area focus and research interests match their own on the CCS Faculty page.
Once an applicant has identified a potential faculty sponsor, they should provide the faculty member with the following information via email:
- Current English language CV
- A brief description of the intended purpose and research focus while at Berkeley
- Beginning and end date for your proposed visit
If the faculty member agrees to sponsor the applicant, please cc the faculty sponsor when you submit your visiting scholar application to email@example.com. Please note in the body of the email the name of the faculty sponsor and their department at Berkeley.
Please note: Securing a faculty sponsor is not the same as an official invitation letter and does not guarantee your acceptance into the program.
Further, the faculty member is at the liberty to request additional materials deemed appropriate for determining whether or not the sponsorship is suitable for both parties. This may include, but is not limited to, proof that the scholar/student possesses sufficient proficiency in the English Language to participate in their program, additional research materials, etc.
Submit Application Materials
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following application materials:
1. Research Proposal |访学研究计划 (PDF or WORD document only)
One page research proposal answering the following questions (in English):
The title of your research project
What is your proposed research project (in detail)?
What do you hope to accomplish during your stay in Berkeley?
What is your proposed duration of stay (affiliation start and end dates)?
The Center for Chinese Studies accepts applications for short and long-term affiliation. When deciding affiliation start and end dates, please consider:
Short-Term Program Category: affiliation for at least three to six months
- no extensions allowed
Long-term Program Category: longer than six months and up to one-year
- extensions allowed if approved by the department and VSPA office.
2. Resumes| 简历 (PDF or WORD document only)
Current English-language curriculum vitae and list of publications. Please include both in the same document
Current Native-language curriculum vitae (if other than English)
3. Passport |护照扫描件 (PDF or JPEG/PNG documents only)
(not required for U.S. Permanent Residents & Citizens)
Please be advised that incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Further, supplementary materials will not be reviewed and will be discarded.
CCS COVID-19 Response
The CCS Visiting Scholar Program is aware that due to COVID-19 concerns worldwide, visiting scholars may experience delays in processing required application materials, and may need to adjust their anticipated program start dates as the situation develops. Given this, CCS is willing to be flexible regarding visiting scholar program start and end dates, as this may be impacted by travel restrictions and access to documentation.
Additionally, to help limit the coronavirus risk to our campus, community, and guests, the CCS office will be closed until further notice, with staff working remotely. Please forgive any delay in communication at this time.
Please contact Skye VanValkenburgh at email@example.com if you have any questions about the visiting scholar program.
We encourage you to visit the UC Berkeley webpage with Coronavirus information, to learn more about Berkeley's response to COVID-19.
Take care, stay safe, happy, and healthy!