Visiting Scholars/Scientists

These designations are applicable to individuals who do not qualify for appointments as officers of instruction or research but who wish to use the facilities of the University to pursue their own research. This status is conferred by the Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office on behalf of the Provost on the recommendation of the dean, director, or department chair in whose academic discipline the proposed visiting scholar/scientist has an interest. Recommendations at the Medical Center require the approval of the Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences before they are forwarded to the Associate Provost.

The title of visiting scholar/scientist is generally reserved for persons in one of the following categories:

  • Scholars from American universities and colleges outside the New York metropolitan area who are not teaching at the University or participating in a research project sponsored by it;
  • Scholars who work or reside in the greater New York area and are on leave from their home institutions;
  • Graduate students from other American universities and colleges;
  • Members of research laboratories or institutions;
  • Staff and students of foreign academies and universities;
  • Officials and former officials of governmental or nongovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations, and their affiliates;
  • Practicing professionals and creative artists; and
  • Other persons whom the Associate Provost determines will contribute to the intellectual life of the University.

Individuals may be named visiting scholars/scientists for up to one year. The designation ordinarily may be renewed for no more than one additional year.

“Visiting scholar” and “visiting scientist” are courtesy designations that do not signify a formal association with the University. Individuals named to these titles may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants and contracts and should not represent themselves in their publications and correspondence as having a University affiliation. They should not include this designation on their curricula vitae.