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EAP Visting Scholar Program

Visting Scholars are scholars of East Asian studies who spend a limited residency at Cornell to pursue their research and to work with EAP faculty and students. Most EAP Visiting Scholars come from countries in East Asia and spend nine to twelve months at Cornell. Visiting Scholars must have a faculty host who is an EAP Core Faculty member (see:

EAP Visiting Scholar Requirements

In order to be considered for a non-salaried Visiting Scholar position through the East Asia Program, you must:

  • conduct research on China, Japan or Korea
  • obtain your own source of support: estimated expenses are:
    • $1,800 per month for individual
    • $1200 per month for spouse
    • $500 per month for one child, $400 for each additional child, IF spouse is coming and will provide child care.
    • $1100 per child if coming without J-2 spouse;
  • obtain faculty sponsorship: To do so, please review the list of East Asia Program professorial faculty and contact a faculty member on our directory who shares your disciplinary and research interests requesting his/her consent to support your application. Once an agreement is reached, please request that the faculty member send the EAP program ( the following documents: a) faculty statement of endorsement, b) your curriculum vitae, c) your research proposal, d) the beginning and ending dates of your visit for up to one year each appointment term.
  • have or obtain adequate health insurance for the duration of your visit here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; however, EAP is only able to sponsor a limited number of Visiting Scholars each year, it is advisable to submit your request as far in advance as possible.

Note: The East Asia Program is not institutionally positioned to host graduate students as Visitor Scholars. To qualify as an EAP Visiting Scholar, one must either have a Ph.D. degree or a professional appointment in a relevant field at the time of application.

All Visiting Scholar appointments are contingent upon the Visiting Scholars' remaining in valid, work-authorized visa status and upon their retaining medical insurance during the term of the appointment. The EAP will assist all appointed Visiting Scholars with necessary documents for visa application. It is the Visitor's sole responsibility to acquire adequate medical insurance coverage. 

For more information, please contact EAP Administrative Assistant Jennifer Fields (607-255-6222;

EAP Visiting Scholar Privileges
  • Library: EAP Visiting Scholars may use the university library and the materials in its holdings on-site for professional or scholarly research; they may also apply for borrowing privileges (at the level of Cornell staff members) free of charge.
  • Wellness Program: EAP Visiting Scholars may join the University Wellness Program for a fee.
  • Office Space: Office space is at a premium on campus. However, EAP does have a limited number of workstations that we may reserve for our visitors and they are assigned on a first come first served basis. In the event that we have no workstation available to offer, we encourage our Visiting Scholars to take advantage of reading rooms in the University libraries for their work.

We regret that the Program is unable to assist our Visiting Scholars with lodging arrangements. The Getting Started section of the International Services website lists options in the Ithaca area. For information on various other aspects of visiting Ithaca, many find the International Services website a useful resource.