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Visiting Scholars (Unpaid)
The visiting scholar title and appointment is reserved for senior scholars (more than five years beyond the doctoral degree) who currently hold full-time academic appointments at other universities or institutions of higher learning.
A visiting scholar is considered an independent researcher and may not register for and take classes for credit. For information on how to audit classes (not for credit) at HDS, please consult the instructions on auditing.
All one-term appointments run from August 1 to December 31 or from January 1 to May 31 (with a minimum stay of at least three months). All full-year appointments begin August 1 and end May 31 of any given academic year. Only in unusual circumstances can a visiting scholar's appointment be extended beyond the 10 months of an academic year; any appointment longer than 12 months will also need to be reviewed by a faculty committee and will require the permission of the Dean and the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs.
The deadline for visiting scholar applications is January 31 of each year for appointments commencing the following academic year. Scholars will be informed in early March about their acceptance and will receive an appointment letter.
An application must contain the following:
- Current curriculum vitae;
- Description of research project; and
- A signed statement or email message from a permanent member of the HDS faculty indicating his or her willingness to serve as a host while the candidate is at HDS.
- A completed Visiting Scholar/Postdoctoral Fellow Data Form for Unsalaried Appointment.
Please also note that a visiting scholar appointment does not carry any financial support. This is an unpaid appointment. No assistance is available for housing, insurance, moving expenses, visa fees, research funding, office space, copying, clerical support, etc.
The appointment entitles the visiting scholar to a Harvard University ID card (which allows access to the Harvard University Libraries) and an HDS email account for the duration of the appointment. Visiting scholars are cordially invited to attend all HDS community and public events. However, HDS is unable to offer courtesy library cards, or appointments, for any additional members of a scholar's family.