The program for Visiting Scholars extends a courtesy title and privileges to scholars of distinction visiting New York University to engage in research, scholarship and cultural interaction with NYU's faculty and students. The courtesy title may not be granted for the purpose of providing free courses or other privileges to graduate or post-graduate students, or for the sole purpose of providing library privileges.
Visiting Scholars are considered guests of the University who may visit for a temporary period of up to one year (renewable at the discretion of the relevant Dean or Institute Director). They are not employees of NYU and under no circumstances shall they be considered as such. As non-employees, they have no teaching or other responsibilities and they do not receive compensation, employee benefits, housing, office space, or any other terms and conditions of employment.
The title Visiting Scholar may be granted to scholars who hold academic appointments elsewhere, to scholars who have no academic affiliation (e.g., who are independent private scholars, government officials, business people, and scientists employed by corporations), or to junior scholars who are sufficiently proficient in their academic discipline to be accepted as colleagues by the University's faculty.
Visiting Scholars may participate in colloquia, audit classes, consult with members of the faculty, and use University Libraries. Membership to the University Fitness Centers is also available, upon submission of a request from the Dean of the School and the presentation of an NYU Photo ID card.
NYU does not provide assistance with housing. However, the University will offer assistance related to visa matters through the Office of Global Services. These services include issuance of certificates of eligibility for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa, orientation and advisement about maintaining non-immigrant status (insurance, teaching, and extensions). Informal assistance may be provided by schools or departments.
The Visiting Scholar title or related privileges can be revoked at any time at the sole discretion of the University.
Visiting Scholars are not obligated to perform any duties at NYU, but may be invited by the department with which they are affiliated to participate actively in academic life, including participation in seminars or delivering an occasional lecture, consulting with faculty, and voluntary informal counseling and consultation with students.
Arts and Science Policy
We welcome applications for Visiting Scholars with research interests that align with the scholarship and intellectual pursuits of the sponsoring department. Please provide a detailed proposal of the relevant project, goals and specific NYU resources necessary to conduct applicable research. Visiting Scholar affiliation with Arts and Science is a courtesy designation granted at the discretion of the Dean, subject to approval by the Provost, for a period of up to 12 months. Visiting Scholars are not employees of NYU and under no circumstances shall they be considered as such. Affiliation may be extended for one additional year pending review of an updated research proposal, provided the arrangement remains of mutual benefit to the Visiting Scholar and the sponsoring department. Requests for further extension should be considered exceptional and must be accompanied by compelling justification for waiving the standard limitations of affiliation, as well as an explanation of why research was not completed during the specified period.
Due to the large number of requests received, applications will be evaluated based on proposed research as well as stated expressions of interest summarizing the value of collaboration with the faculty sponsor and participation in the intellectual community of the department. Visiting Scholars will be asked to certify their status at their home institution during their visit to NYU, and to acknowledge compliance with all relevant NYU policies. Please submit the Visiting Scholar Application, Applicant Certification, CV, and 1-2 page research proposal from the prospective Visiting Scholar to firstname.lastname@example.org. The sponsoring faculty member must be in residence for the duration of Visiting Scholar affiliation. Please reach out to Amber Pritchett (email@example.com) with questions.
As guests of the University Visiting Scholars can avail themselves of NYU Library privileges. Office space, shared or otherwise, is not provided. Common areas should not be used outside regular business hours. Where applicable, all necessary safety and related training must be completed for research conducted in NYU laboratory facilities. ID cards must be collected at the conclusion of affiliation and returned to the NYU Card Center; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm completion.
In some cases, library privileges may be a more suitable option than Visiting Scholar affiliation. Please submit the Libraries Sponsored Borrowing Form to email@example.com.
For graduate students seeking to conduct their own research at NYU, Research Affiliate status may be available. Per University Policy, all Research Affiliates must be sponsored by a full time faculty member in residence for the duration of their affiliation. Departments are welcome to submit application materials inclusive of the requisite questionnaire and student’s CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact Amber Pritchett (email@example.com) with questions. Kindly refer to GSAS regarding guidance for visiting students.