Visiting Scholars Admissions and Application

Admission to the Visiting Scholars Program is highly competitive. An appointment as a Visiting Scholar requires a formal faculty approval and is not automatic.


Although we have an open enrollment policy, we strongly encourage scholars to start the program in fall (August - September) or winter (January).

In light of prolonged U.S. immigration procedures, all Visiting Scholar applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the application at least 5-6 months prior to the applicant’s anticipated arrival in the United States.

Assessment of applications takes about 4 weeks from the date of receipt, and may take longer if the application is incomplete. Upon approval and issuance of an invitation to the Visiting Scholar, UW processing time of immigration documents may take between 4-6 weeks from the receipt of the J-1/DS-2019 request and supporting documents.

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