Visiting Scholars Admissions and Application
Admission to the Visiting Scholars Program is highly competitive.
as a Visiting Scholar requires a formal faculty approval and is not automatic.
We require a 3-5 page detailed description of the applicant’s proposed research
project and its relevance for educational, policy or practice purposes.
We also require two letters of recommendation assessing the applicant’s suitability for this kind of research project.
The following application form and supporting documents are required:
- Visiting Scholar Application form:
Application in Microsoft Word
Application in Adobe PDF
- Curriculum Vitae
- Research Proposal: The research proposal should be between 3-5
pages long and outline the area on which you intend to focus your research during
- Faculty Advisor Approval: A UW Law School faculty member who has
expressed interest in working with the Visiting Scholar in an advising capacity
must communicate such interest to the Visiting Scholar Coordinator for inclusion
in the application file.
- Letters of Recommendation: Two (2)
letters of recommendation are required. They should come from law faculty or
other professionals in law who can best evaluate your capacity for research in
the United States. You may have the letters mailed/e-mailed directly by the
referee or send them with your supporting documents.
- Letter of Financial Support from Sponsoring Institution/Employer:
Required for all non-U.S. applicants to process visa requests. Funding sources could include a U.S. government agency, an international organization, the Visitor’s government, the Visitor’s employer or other organization, or any combination of these. Personal funds may supplement but not substitute for institutional, governmental or employer funding. UW does not provide visa sponsorship to Visitors funded solely by personal or family funds. Combined sources of funding should be sufficient to cover expenses. The letter of financial support should guarantee at least $1800 per month for one person or $3000-$3600 with dependents (for the visa processing). Also, the letter of financial support should state your proposed dates for your visit (we cannot extend your stay beyond what your sponsor supports).
- Proof of Highest Academic Degree (photocopies sufficient)
is required to process visa requests.
There is no minimum TOEFL requirement for this Program, but a working knowledge
of English is required. Visiting Scholars with insufficient English language may encounter difficulty obtaining the J-1 scholar visa.
Please send all application materials electronically or in hard copy to:
Visiting Scholars Program
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall Room 443
Box 353020, Seattle, WA 98195-3020, U.S.A.
(206) 543-2283 office