University of San Francisco’s Center for Asia Pacific Studies welcomes domestic and
international scholars to apply for its Visiting Scholars Program. The program
is designed for Visiting Scholars who wish to be in residence at the Center for
3-6 months during which time they will pursue independent research and interact
with USF's faculty, students, and staff. Faculty on sabbatical are particularly
encouraged to apply. Please note this is not a fellowship program; visiting scholars do not receive a salary/stipend and must be self-funded.
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:
is relevant to the study of the Asia Pacific (Greater China, Japan,
Korea, India, and the Philippines)
will be given to applicants whose research is transnational, border-crossing,
or comparative in nature
is in one of the following fields:
history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, art history,
political science, sociology, and anthropology
The Center for Asia Pacific Studies 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 at the Center for Asia Pacific Studies:
Scholars are responsible for conducting their own independent research while at
the University of San Francisco.
Scholars are required to be in residence at the Center a minimum of three days
per week during regular work hours.
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.
Scholars are asked to acknowledge the Center for Asia Pacific Studies in any
publications that result from research performed while affiliated with
USF. The Center appreciates copies of
publications or papers completed during a fellow’s affiliation with the Center.
Visiting Scholars are asked to submit a short (two page maximum) final report
on the outcome of their research affiliation.
Scholars should plan to bring their own computer to use for their work.
Scholars are responsible for finding and making arrangements for their own
housing for the duration of their stay.
Visiting Scholars must meet funding and health insurance requirements for the
duration of their period of affiliation.
strongly recommend that visiting scholars purchase insurance through Aetna at
the University of San Francisco as this insurance meets the federal
Privileges of a Visiting Scholar:
Scholars enjoy full access to USF’s libraries and electronic resources.
Scholars will receive an e-mail account for use during the duration of their
stay at USF.
Scholars are welcome to attend all announced public scholarly events and Center
sponsored events on campus.
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).
note that this program is not intended for scholars to participate in classes
at USF. Auditing classes is at the
discretion of individual faculty and must be arranged independently by Visiting
A complete application consists of:
cover letter/letter of introduction (in English)
research proposal (2 page maximum) addressing the following:
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
vitae (in English)
you are not a US citizen, please answer the following questions:
are you now? (U.S., home country,
you are in the US, what nonimmigrant visa classification do you currently hold?
you been in the US in J-1 or J-2 nonimmigrant status in the past two years?
is your country of citizenship? What is
your country of legal permanent residence?
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 any])
note that non-US citizen applicants who are accepted in the program 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 translation.
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: Scholar's 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
of passport information page for international applicants and any accompanying
may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed directly to:
Center for the Asia Pacific Studies
Visiting Scholar Program
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Complete applications are reviewed by the Center for the Asia Pacific Studies Visiting
Scholar Committee. Applicants will be notified of the Committee's decision in
writing within a reasonable period of time.
Successful international applicants will be asked to pay the required
non-refundable Center for the Asia Pacific Studies visa processing & affiliation fee
of $705 prior to the Center submitting a request for a Certificate of
Eligibility for J-1 Exchange Visitor Status (Form DS-2019). Please find a breakdown of these fees below:
Processing Fees for International Scholars
- 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
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 $160. 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 schedule an appointment to complete the arrival verification
process required by the U.S. government.