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Visiting Scholars

CSEAS can sponsor Visiting Scholars or Visiting Student Researchers for periods of three months up to one year. Visiting status can be renewed once for a total term in residence of two years. No extensions beyond this two-year limit are accepted. Visiting positions carry full privileges at the university, including library and gym access and an e-mail account. CSEAS is not able to provide office space.

Visiting Scholars or Student Researchers must be in residence in Berkeley during their tenure. They must be engaged in an active research project requiring the use of campus facilities. They are expected to participate in CSEAS events and to be involved with the university’s community of faculty, students and scholars interested in Southeast Asia.

Restrictions: Visiting Scholars must either have a Ph.D. granted more than five years prior to the term of the appointment starting or, if without an advanced degree, have demonstrated significant contributions to the field of Southeast Asian Studies. CSEAS is not currently able to accept applications from any scholars whose Ph.D. was granted less than five years ago.

Visiting Student Researcher applications are accepted from graduate students at the dissertation stage. Because of exchange agreements, students from the following universities cannot enroll as visiting student researchers: Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University and Yale University.

Additional information on the application process and requirements is available through the office of Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs.

Non-U.S. citizens should consult the Berkeley International Office for current information on visa requirements and fees.

Application Information

Scholars who wish to be considered for a visiting scholar or research appointment should submit a cover letter to CSEAS outlining the requested period of residence and the current research project, a current curriculum vitae and a statement of financial support and funding sources. All correspondence should be written in English. Acceptance as a Visiting Scholar is not final until approved by the campus administration. CSEAS charges an affiliation fee, as does the university. There are separate fees connected with visa processing for foreign scholars.