IES Visiting Researchers Program

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Overview

The Institute of European Studies welcomes scholars from around the world who wish to conduct independent research in the field of European Studies (in the broadest sense), with the intent to foster collaboration, exchange, and knowledge-sharing.

Each year, the Institute is pleased to host a select number of Visiting Researchers on a competitive basis. 

Visiting Researchers are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute by attending lectures and conferences, interacting with faculty and students, and supporting the work of other scholars.

Visiting Researcher appointments are temporary (3-12 months) and fall into two categories:

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Student Researchers

For academic researchers and faculty who wish to conduct independent research on the Berkeley campus.

  • Visiting Scholars must possess a PhD or its equivalent earned at least 5 years prior to their planned stay, and must hold a paid position at a university or research institution. Scholars with a paid university position who completed a PhD less than 5 years ago will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who completed a PhD less than 5 years ago and do not hold a paid university position will not be considered. Current Masters and PhD students should apply for Visiting Student Researcher status.
  • Visiting Scholars are expected to give a public lecture during their stay.
  • Visiting Scholars may audit a maximum of one course per semester with permission of the instructor.
  • Visiting appointments include library privileges, e-mail, and access to other campus facilities and resources. Visiting Scholars have access to a shared office at IES, with wifi, tea/coffee, printer, and scanner.

For currently enrolled Masters and PhD students who participate in exchange agreements with our Student Exchange Partners. PhD students from other institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis, pending approval by the IES Director.

  • Visiting Student Researchers must possess a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent.

  • Visiting Students may audit a maximum of one course per semester with permission of the instructor. Students who wish to enroll in courses for credit can do so through the BIS program.

  • Visiting appointments include library privileges, e-mail, and access to other campus facilities and resources. Visiting Students may use shared study spaces at campus libraries.

NOTE: Previous and current University of California staff and faculty, as well as all current UC students, are ineligible for Visiting Researcher status.

No other position, including positions in other UC Berkeley departments, whether paid or unpaid, can be held at the same time as an IES Visiting Researcher appointment, without approval by the Institute’s Director. Additionally, payments of any kind for lectures or services at other institutions must be approved ahead of time by the Director.

Please review thoroughly all program requirements prior to applying.

Questions?

Please contact IES Program Manager Julia Nelsen at jknelsen@berkeley.edu