The Chair of the Department will review the application and determine whether a faculty sponsor is available. If the request is approved, the applicant will receive the Chair's letter of invitation, along with an e-mail from the Research Program Administrator explaining the pre-arrival process.
There are several fees involved in the process of obtaining Visiting Scholar status at UC Berkeley.
1)A $600 departmental fee for domestic visiting scholars
2)A $1010 fee for international visiting scholars (that would include the $410 J-1 Visa fee, plus the $600 departmental fee)
NOTE: A department administrative fee reduction may be requested if a scholar is arriving without institutional support or where there is financial hardship. The request should be included with your application. Please note that the J-1 visa fee is mandatory and cannot be waived.
Information Regarding Visas
Foreign visiting scholars will need to obtain a J-1 Visa to pursue their research in the African American Studies Department. J-1 Visas are obtained by the issuance of a DS-2019 (which is the certificate of eligibility"). There are several steps to securing a J-1 Visa and each step takes time. Plan for the visa application process to take 3-4 months, depending upon your home country.
Visiting scholars have access to the University's libraries extensive materials and are given normal borrowing privileges. Visiting scholars do not have access to secretarial services, office space, and generally do not have the use of telephones. Visiting scholars are often able to consult with faculty members interested in their field of study, and attend presentations and colloquia.
Visiting scholars in the Department of African American Studies will be given access to the following:
Use of copier, fax and scanner in the department main office
Access to the intellectual life of the department
Regular contact with other scholars and faculty
Wireless connection to the internet
Attend departmental events
Use of our library
Visiting scholars must have adequate health insurance during the entirety of their appointment at UC Berkeley. For details, see the following webpage: