Becoming a Visiting Scholar

Visiting Scholar and Visiting Doctoral Student Program

Visiting scholars and doctoral students can affiliate with the Center for African Studies through the UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Program. Details on the visiting scholar affiliation process are available from the VSPA office web site, where a list of benefits and privileges is also found. Berkeley’s Shared Services (CSS) handles the application process for the Center for African Studies.

As the Center currently does not have fellowships to support visiting scholars, applicants must have their own funding, such as that from a Fulbright grant, to support their travel, accommodations, and fees. Foreign scholars on a J-1 visa must have at least $1,600 per month, plus $500 per month for spouse, and $200 per month per child. Except for visas obtained through the Fulbright and other sponsoring programs, CSS on behalf of the Center works with the Berkeley International Office to obtain visas for visiting scholars. The overall process for requesting a visa can take 2-4 months.

The Center does not have office space for visiting scholars. However, scholars who live at the International House, an on-campus residence close to the Center, find the rooms and facilities there adequate and convenient. Visiting scholars also have access to Cal Rentals, which provides rental listings and housing advising to the UC Berkeley campus community. Fall semester at Berkeley begins in mid-August and spring semester ends in mid-May. To assist in planning, current and future academic calendars are available.

Initial Inquiries

If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar or visiting graduate student at UC Berkeley, please review the linked information covering Privileges, Requirements, Fees, General Information & Formal Application Procedures. Before making a formal application, please first contact the Center by e-mail asc@berkeley.edu, copying the Center Director, Leonardo Arriola, larriola@berkeley.edu In this initial inquiry, please include the following information about your proposed visit: your credentials, research to be undertaken, proposed UC Berkeley faculty host, and time-frame. If we determine that we can accommodate your visit, we will issue an invitation to you to formally apply.

Fees

The following two fees are required of all visiting scholars, international and domestic:
1 University Service Fee - paid upon arrival by all visiting scholars $500
2 Center for African Studies Administrative Fee  
  a) Visiting Scholars $1,000
  b) Visiting Student Researchers $500
   
The following fees are incurred in the process of obtaining a J-1 Visa: 
1 DS-2019 processing fee $500
2 Possible air courier fees (reimbursed to Center) Approx. $75
   
The following are US Government Fees: 
3 Department of Homeland Security SEVIS processing fee $180
4 U.S. Embassy/Consulate J-1 visa application fee: $160