The Institute of European Studies (IES) welcomes applications for its Visiting Executive program. Every year, IES admits a limited number of qualified candidates on a competitive basis. Candidates who wish to be considered should review the following information on the Visiting Executive Program and the application process:
Applicants need to submit their application package at least 6 months before the beginning of the planned stay in Berkeley.
Applicants must have a college degree and be able to demonstrate excellence in a field of interest to IES (European business, European politics, European social affairs, European administration, etc.).
Applicants must be able to present a research or business project that is of interest to IES and its affiliated faculty.
Applicants must have proficiency in English and cannot rely on staff support for translation services.
Applicants are expected to give at least one public lecture at IES during their stay on the Berkeley campus.
Applicants cannot rely on IES staff to find housing and other accommodations in the Bay Area.
Applicants must have their own source of funding and must provide evidence that they will cover their own health insurance during their entire stay in the United States.
A Visiting Executive position carries with it a full university research appointment, which includes library privileges, e-mail and access to all campus facilities. However, Visiting Executives should be aware that they cannot represent the University of California, Berkeley.
A shared office at the Institute has been reserved for visiting executives, but a desk is not guaranteed. Computers are not provided. The office has a printer and wireless connection (Airbears) that allows scholars access to the internet. Visiting Executives can rely on the Institute to scan texts.
Visiting Executives can request personalized UC Berkeley business cards for the duration of their stay on the Berkeley campus. Business cards will mention "Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies for the Academic Year XXXX-XXXX." IES charges an extra $250 fee for a package of 250 personalized UC Berkeley business cards.
The extension of a Visiting Executive appointment is possible but will be considered on a case by case basis.
No other position in Berkeley departments or faculties, whether paid or unpaid, can be held at the same time without discussion and approval by the Institute’s director. Additionally, payments of any kind for lecture services by other institutions must be approved ahead of time by IES director.
Non-Americans will enter the country on a J1 Exchange Visitor Visa supported by UC Berkeley. Please note that for some countries, there is a two year home country residency requirement following a stay in the U.S. on a J1 visa when holders of the visa are the recipients of funding from their home country governments. For more information on the two-year home country residence requirement, please consult a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Please find below all fees required for the Visiting Executive Program. IES is not able to accept wire transfers or payment by Western Union for any of the fees mentioned below.
1) IES Visiting Executive administrative fee:
up to 5 months $ 4,000
up to 8 months $ 6,000
up to 12 months $ 8,000
This fee applies to all Visiting Executives. For international Visiting Executives, this fee must be paid together with the DS-2019 processing fee; for U.S. citizens or permanent residents, this fee must be paid prior to processing your Visiting Executive appointment. It must be paid in U.S. dollars and can be in the form of an international money order, cashier’s check, or personal check payable to “UC Regents.” IES cannot process a Visiting Executive appointment until we have received this fee.
2) DS-2019 processing fee (if required): $ 500
This fee applies to international Visiting Executives only and is not required for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The fee goes to the Berkeley International Office (BIO), which produces your DS-2019 form. This form is required when you go to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to get your J-1 visa. This fee should be mailed to IES only after you have been accepted as a visiting scholar. It must be paid in U.S. dollars and can be in the form of an international money order, cashier’s check, or personal check payable to “UC Regents.” IES cannot process a visiting scholar or Postdoc appointment until we have received this fee.
3) VSPA University Services fee: $ 500
This fee applies to all Visiting Executives and goes to the university’s Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs office, which is in charge of all visiting programs at Berkeley. Visiting Executives can only receive their university ID card after paying this fee. It entitles visitors to use the library facilities of the nine-campus UC library system, to audit classes with professors’ permission, and to use the university’s wireless internet service. Visiting Executives pay this fee when they arrive and check-in with the Institute. It is payable online by credit card or may be paid in the form of an international money order, cashier’s check, or personal check in U.S. dollars payable to “UC Regents.”
4) U.S. Government fees:
Department of Homeland Security SEVIS processing fee: $180
U.S. Embassy/Consulate J-1 visa application fee: $160
These two fees apply to international Visiting Executives only and are not required for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Please note that U.S. Government fees are subject to change without notice. Please refer to the relevant websites http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/ and http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1263.html#temp for the most up-to-date fee schedules.
The University requires proof of your funding, as well as at least $1,600 per month for yourself, $500 per month more for a spouse, and $200 per month more for a child. Please also understand that in addition the university requires that you possess adequate health insurance as outlined in the VSPA website. Please click here for information about minimum external funding requirements.
IES expects that Visiting Executives will contribute to the intellectual life at the Institute by attending lectures and conferences, interacting with faculty and students and encouraging the work of other visiting scholars and Postdocs.
Visiting Executives will be sent information about Berkeley and information on housing, healthcare, childcare, transportation, and other orientation matters. However, Visiting Executives are responsible for securing their own housing accommodations and cannot rely on staff support in order to do so. Visiting Executives should take into consideration that the UC Berkeley campus is a tobacco-free campus, where smoking is not allowed.
Prospective Visiting Executives who wish to be considered should submit the following materials:
Cover letter including the requested period of residence (beginning and end date)
Current curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages)
Outline of the research or business project (max. 3 pages)
Title and abstract of planned public lecture (max. 1 page)
Statement of financial support, health care insurance and funding sources
All correspondence should be written in English.
Applications packages should be sent to IES Director, Professor Jeroen Dewulf by email.
All questions and inquiries concerning Visiting Executives should be addressed to Ms. Mila MacBain.
Decisions on applications will be made by the Institute’s Steering Committee. Acceptance as a Visiting Executive is not final until approved by the IES Director and the Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Office (VSPA).