Visiting Scholars Program

The CLACS Visiting Scholar Program extends specified courtesy titles and privileges to scholars of distinction who visit the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University in order to engage in research and scholarship. Visiting scholars are considered guests of the University and CLACS, who may visit for a period of up to one year.

Eligibility: Visiting scholar status 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 or scientists employed by corporations), or to younger scholars who are sufficiently proficient in their disciplines to be accepted as colleagues by the University's faculty, but who have yet to obtain academic appointments that would qualify them for other courtesy titles.

Terms: Visiting scholars may participate in colloquia, audit classes, consult members of the faculty, use University Libraries, and obtain a membership at the NYU Sports Center. As non-employees, visiting scholars are not entitled to salary, housing, or benefits other than those privileges cited above. Visiting scholars covered by this program may not in any way perform in the role of an employee at New York University.

This 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 should have an informal agreement to work with one of the core CLACS faculty and/or an affiliated faculty member during the tenure at NYU. A list of CLACS-affiliated faculty can be found here.

Scholars are encouraged to participate in seminars or activities organized by CLACS and may be asked to present original research work at one of them. If desired, visiting scholars can make themselves available for voluntary consultations with students or to provide informal counseling.

Note to International Scholars: The University does not provide assistance with housing or visa related matters other than the issuance of certificates of eligibility for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa by the Office of International Students and Scholars. CLACS can, however, provide informal assistance to its visiting scholars, to the extent of its abilities.If you wish to be considered for a visiting scholar position at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies for the upcoming academic year, application materials are due by April 15 and replies will be sent by June 1.

To Apply

  1. Completed visiting scholar application
  2. Cover letter
  3. Current CV
  4. First time applicants should include one letter of recommendation

by email to:

or by mail: 
Jill Lane, Director 
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
New York University 
53 Washington Sq South, #4W 
New York, NY 10012