Prospective Scholars: Program Prerequisites & Privileges

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 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!

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
11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time 

For Arrival During the
Spring & Summer Semesters

August 15th*
11:59pm Pacific Standard Time 

*date has been extended due to impact of COVID-19 

Prerequisites Affiliation Categories 

The Center for Chinese Studies Visiting Scholar Program accepts applications for three categories of Visiting Scholars. All applicants to the Center for Chinese Studies Visiting Scholar Program must meet the following prerequisites for their designated category in order to apply.

Affiliation Categories

Visiting Scholar

Applicants must:

  • Have a Ph.D. conferred more than five years ago and hold a teaching position at a university. If you are in traditional academia and have not held a Ph.D. for at least five years, please contact to discuss eligibility

  • Apply with the intent to conduct independent research at UC Berkeley

Visiting Student Researcher

Applicants must: 


  • Researchers outside of traditional academia who do not meet the prerequisites above may be approved on a case by case basis contingent upon the strength of the overall research proposal and the ability of the library resources on the Berkeley campus to meet the applicant’s research needs.

  • If you are one of such scholars, please email to discuss your eligibility. 

Additional Requirements:

If the applicant is not a U.S. Permanent Resident or Citizen, they must also meet all U.S. Department of State J-1 Visa Immigration Requirements for International Visiting Scholars. 

Although the Department of State J-1 Visa immigration requirement materials are not required for submission until AFTER the applicant has received an official acceptance letter from the Center, failure to provide the required information in a timely manner will result in the scholar being disqualified from participation in the program. 

Privileges and Scholarly Responsibilities 

All visiting scholars/students accepted to CCS are considered “in residence” and are expected to conduct their proposed research at UC Berkeley. All scholars must reside in Berkeley or the surrounding cities in the Bay Area during the duration of their appointment period. Unless otherwise specified, Visiting scholars/students are expected to conduct research independently for the entire duration of their appointment period, actively participate in the Center's scholarly programs, and are encouraged to attend regularly-scheduled talks or seminars throughout their stay.  

Privileges include (but are not limited to):

  • Access to UC Berkeley’s libraries 
  • Access to electronic resources (via a CalNet account)
  • Issuance of a Berkeley e-mail account
  • Issuance of a Cal ID card
  • Access to shared office space (if available) exclusively for visiting scholars and visiting student researchers (due to space constraints, we are unable to provide private offices) 
  • Limited photocopy, and mailing privileges

These privileges are granted shortly after the required onboarding/registration meeting with the Visiting Scholar Program Administrator.

At the end of the appointment, scholars are expected to submit a final report on the outcome of their research, including submitting copies of publications or drafts of papers completed during their affiliation with the Center, as well as give a talk based on research done while at Berkeley (in Chinese or English) during the "Visiting Scholar Talks," organized for and by CCS visiting scholars/students. 

A visiting scholar's affiliation with the University of California Berkeley is limited. This means that visiting scholars cannot formally represent UC Berkeley. When a scholar works with organizations external to the UC Berkeley campus this work is considered independent. UC Berkeley does not sponsor, and cannot take responsibility for, the outcomes of these exchanges.

The Center for Chinese Studies requests that scholars refrain from bringing gifts for CCS staff and/or the chair. While we appreciate the gesture and respect the custom, the program's priority is to recognize the importance of your scholarly contribution and promote intellectual exchange at the Center.