We are excited to provide opportunities for UW and non-UW faculty researchers to collaborate with our researchers on ongoing and new research projects. Our Institute attracts researchers and policy makers from around the world who wish to participate in our research and teaching programs, and conduct comparative research using our resources. The Program is designed for faculty and researchers from institutions and eminent academics who have an extensive background in their given fields. Visiting Scholars may continue their research for up to one year, and may apply to extend the period for a maximum of one additional year.

We receive many more applications than there are places available. Most successful applicants are current faculty, public officials or experienced researchers who hold advanced degrees in their academic disciplines. Admission to the Visiting Scholars Program is highly competitive. An appointment as a Visiting Scholar requires formal faculty approval and is not automatic.

Application Requirements

The following application form and supporting documents are required:

  • Visiting Scholar Application form:
    Visiting Scholar Application
  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Research Proposal: The research proposal should be between 3-5 pages long and outline the area on which you intend to focus your research during the Program.
  • Faculty Advisor: The Visiting Scholar may indicate a faculty member with whom they wish to work on the application form or it can be left blank.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. They should come from faculty colleagues or other professionals who can best evaluate your capacity for research in the United States. You may have the letters mailed/e-mailed directly by the referee or send them with your supporting documents.
  • Visa Requirements: You will be contacted by the department staff for additional documentation required to process visas requests. You may refer to this website for general guidelines.

Please send all the above application materials electronically (preferred) to Dr. Himanshu Grover (groverh@uw.edu).