The Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco welcomes applications from active academic researchers and university faculty members in the humanities and social sciences whose proposed research meets the following criteria:
Visiting scholar appointments are for 3-6 months during which time scholars will pursue independent research and interact with USF's faculty, students, and staff. Auditing classes is at the discretion of individual faculty and must be arranged independently by visiting scholars.
- Research is relevant to the study of the Asia Pacific (especially China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Philippines)
- Preference will be given to applicants whose research is transnational, border-crossing, or comparative in nature
- Research is in one of the following fields: history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, art history, political science, sociology, and anthropology
The Center for the Pacific invites applications for stays from
three to six months during the following time periods:
Semester (August 15 – December)
Semester (January – May 15)
(May 15 – August 15)
The application process, from acceptance as a visiting
scholar until arrival in the U.S., often takes at least three months and can
take up to six months to complete due to visa regulations. Scholars should plan
their arrival date accordingly.
Responsibilities of a Visiting Scholar
- Center for the Pacific Rim Visiting Scholars are
responsible for conducting their own independent research while at the
University of San Francisco.
- Visiting Scholars are required to be in
residence at the Center a minimum of three days per week.
- Visiting Scholars are encouraged to present their
research or otherwise take part in seminars or conferences organized by the Center
if such opportunities arise during his/her stay.
- Visiting Scholars are asked to acknowledge the
Center for the Pacific Rim in any publications that result from research
performed while affiliated with USF. The
Center appreciates copies of publications or papers completed during a
visitor's affiliation with the Institute.
- All Visiting Scholars are asked to submit a
short (two page maximum) final report on the outcome of their research
- Visitors should plan to bring their own computer
to use for their work.
- Visiting scholars are responsible for finding
and making arrangements for their own housing for the duration of their
- To meet the university’s funding and health
insurance requirements for the duration of their period of affiliation.
Privileges of a Visiting Scholar
- Visiting Scholars enjoy full access to USF’s
libraries and electronic resources.
- Visiting Scholars will receive an e-mail account
for use during the duration of their stay at USF.
- Visiting Scholars are welcome to attend all
announced public scholarly event and Center sponsored events on campus.
- The Center provides each visiting scholar with a
desk in a shared office space with access Monday – Friday 8:00 – 4:00 p.m.
(except for University holidays).
A complete application consists of:
cover letter/letter of introduction (in English)
research proposal (2 page maximum) addressing the following:
vitae (in English)
to the following questions:
title, research goals during period of affiliation, & brief statement
on importance of affiliation
arrival date, end date and length of stay
and affiliations of any USF faculty with whom you have had contact about
your proposed stay
- Where are you now? (U.S., home country, different country?)
- If you are in the US, what nonimmigrant visa
classification do you currently hold?
- Have you been in the US in J-1 or J-2 nonimmigrant
status in the past two years?
- What is your country of citizenship? What is your country of legal permanent
- Do you have plans to engage in other activities
(lectures, consultations, research, etc.) at any other U.S.
institutions/organizations either prior to, during, or after your visit to
USF. If yes, please provide as much
detail as possible (e.g. institution(s), dates, anticipated compensation [if
Non-Refundable Application Fee
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 "University
of San Francisco"
of passport information page for scholar and any accompanying dependents
Center does not provide funding for visiting scholars/researchers it
agrees to host. Applicants must submit documentation verifying and
detailing funding for the entire period of their desired affiliation. If
funding documentation is not in English, the applicant should provide a
that USF’s minimum funding requirements are as follows:
$1,600 per month for scholar
an additional $750 per month for spouse & dependents
may come from any of the following sources or a combination of them:
home institution — Requires letter of support which details amount of
funding, use of funds, and date to which funding is guaranteed
fellowship awarded by the applicant's home government or a recognized
international organization — Requires letter of support which details
amount of funding, use of funds, and date to which funding is guaranteed
funds — Requires a bank statement or letter detailing the total amount
in savings available
may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed directly to:
Center for the Pacific Rim
Visiting Scholar Program
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Complete applications are reviewed by the Center for the Pacific Rim’s Visiting
Scholar Committee. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision in
writing within a reasonable period of time.
Successful applicants will be asked to pay the required non-refundable Center
for the Pacific Rim affiliation fee of $1800 prior to the Center submitting a
request for a Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Exchange Visitor Status (Form DS-2019).
- Fees 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 "University of San Francisco".
- We are not able to accept wire transfers or
payment by Western Union.
Upon Receipt of Payment:
Upon receipt of payment and secondary
application materials, the Center will submit the DS-2019 request to the
International Student and Scholar Services Office for processing. Once issued, the DS-2019 will be mailed
directly to the visiting scholar who will then use this document to obtain the
- Please note--after receipt of the DS-2019 and
related materials, applicants are required to pay a one-time U.S. government
Homeland Security processing fee of $180. Instructions on how to pay this fee
will be sent to applicants with the DS-2019 and may also be found at http://www.fmjfee.com.
- Once this fee has been paid, applicants will
then contact the local Consulate or Embassy to apply for a J-1 exchange visitor
visa. To find the address, phone number, and business hours of the nearest
Consulate or Embassy, please visit the U.S. Department of State website: http://travel.state.gov. Usually an
interview with the American authorities is required to secure the J-1 visa.
Preparing for Travel to USF
- Once an invited Visiting Scholar has the visa in
hand and travel plans scheduled, she/he should inform the Center of her/his
arrival dates and to schedule an appointment to complete the arrival verification
process required by the U.S. government.