Visiting Scholars and Researchers
UC provides opportunities for faculty, junior faculty and advanced graduate candidates to collaborate with UC faculty, conduct research, and further their academic and professional development.
Eligibility and Fees
The Visiting Scholar/Researcher program is right for you if you are a faculty member or an advanced graduate student seeking to conduct short-term independent research or participate in research collaborations with UC faculty. Studies may range from three weeks to six months.
You will not receive a transcript, be an enrolled student or be eligible for UC student housing or student services. Post-doctoral appointees (paid researchers who have not yet held a teaching position) are not eligible.
UCEAP will pay campuswide visitor fees and the fee for issuance of the DS-2019. You will receive library access through the host department but access to office, lab or studio space may or may not be available. Be prepared to pay for non-campuswide visitor fees, visa application fees, SEVIS fees, travel, living expenses and health insurance.
Secure an invitation
When contacting UC faculty members to request an invitation, include the following:
- Statement of purpose specific to the proposed research
Invitations must be in writing (letter or email). UC faculty and departmental contact information is available at each UC campus website. See also the UC Online Directory.
Create your UCEAP account and submit documents
Establish a login ID and password to submit your contact information and required documents. If you cannot complete the entire application in one sitting, save your information before exiting the website and complete the application at a later time.
Prepare and save documents as .jpg, .png and .pdf files before your start the application.
- Invitation from a UC faculty member or department
- Proof of English-language proficiency
- Personal information page of your passport
- Proof of funding (which may include any combination of the following):
- copy of your award/scholarship letter
- bank letter or statement in your name
Include translations if documents are not in English.
If you experience technical difficulties, contact the ReciprocityHelpDesk.
|Visiting Scholar Timeline|
|Duration of the short-term visiting scholar stay at UC||Three weeks to six months|
|Secure an invitation from a UC faculty and department||Four to six months prior to the visit|
|Request issue of the DS-2019 by the host UC||Allow six to eight weeks|
|Apply for the J-1 visa||Allow six to eight weeks|
Review the estimated living expenses required by each UC campus for the issue of the DS-2019 certificate of eligibility. Amounts are subject to change by the UC campus and are estimates only. Travel expenses are not included. Actual expenses may vary depending on your lifestyle and extra activities.
2021-2022 Campus-Required Minimum Monthly Living Expenses
|UC Campus||Single||With Spouse||With Spouse and 1 Child||With Spouse and 2 Children|
*UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz amounts include the cost of UC health insurance.
Information on obtaining a J-1 Visa
Health insurance is mandatory for visitors to UC. The US Department of State requires all J-1 visitors and their J-2 dependent family members to have health insurance coverage with the following minimum benefits throughout their stay:
- Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
- Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000
- Medical evacuation expenses to the visitor's home country in the amount of $50,000
- Deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness
An insurance policy secured to meet the benefits requirements must be underwritten by an insurance corporation with an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-I" or above, a Standard and Poor's Claims Paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, or a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above. Alternatively, visitors may hold a policy that is backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country.