CRG-hosted Visiting Scholars / Visiting Student Researchers

CRG-hosted Visiting Scholars / Visiting Student Researchers

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The Center for Race and Gender welcomes scholars from the U.S. and around the world who wish to conduct research on race, gender, and their intersections, and collaborate with CRG's Research Initiatives.


Visiting Scholars are independent researchers affiliated with the Center for Race and Gender (CRG) and in residence at Berkeley. CRG accepts scholars who are pursuing a research project related to race, gender, and their intersection. Our scholars are academic researchers, university faculty members, and Ph.D. students.

Visiting Scholar appointments are temporary (3-12 months) and are categorized as either:

  • Visiting Scholar (VS) (academic researchers and faculty who have held a Ph.D. or equivelent degree for at least five years and hold a paid university position), or
  • Visiting Student Researcher (VSR) (currently enrolled MA or Ph.D. students who possess a BA degree or its equivalent).

PLEASE NOTE:  CRG does not provide funding for the Visiting Scholars/Visiting Student Researchers it agrees to host.

Privileges of a Visiting Scholar / Visiting Student Researcher

  • Enjoy full access to UC Berkeley’s libraries and electronic resources.
  • Receive access to shared office space on the UC Berkeley campus at the Center for Race and Gender and a UC Berkeley email address.
  • Welcome to attend all public events on campus.
  • Audit courses taught at UC Berkeley, subject to the instructor's approval.  

Responsibilities of a Visiting Scholar / Visiting Student Researcher

  • Invitation to present in forums or conferences organized by CRG. 
  • Invitation to write an article for the CRG website or annual review. 
  • Share copies of work produced during the residency.

Application Process

CRG reviews Visiting Scholar/Visiting Student Researcher applications on a rolling basis.  Applications are evaluated on the strength of the project, the scholar's ability to complete the research independently, and the availability of resources to support the scholar's research goals. 

Application Packet

A complete application consists of:

  • A cover letter/letter of introduction (in English)
  • A research proposal that includes the following:
    • Title of proposed project
    • Description of research project and plan of research
    • Research goals during period of VS/VSR appointment
    • Brief statement on how an VS/VSR appointment with CRG will help accomplish these goals or further career development
    • Proposed UC Berkeley faculty host, all VS/VSR must have a faculty sponsor and is a requirement for both Domestic and J-1 scholars. 
      • Only professors who have an active full-time appointment in a Berkeley academic campus department(s) are eligible for this role. (Emeritus and adjunct professors are not eligible.)
    • Proposed arrival date and length of stay
      • The application process, from acceptance as a VS/VSR to arrival in the United States, usually takes at least three months and can take up to six months to complete due to visa regulations. Prospective VS/VSR should plan their arrival date accordingly.
    • One letter of recommendation from scholars who are familiar with your work
  • Curriculum vitae (in English)

Complete applications should be e-mailed directly to Ariana Ceja, CRG's Administration Manager at

VS/VSR Appointment Process

If an applicant is accepted an appointment invitation letter will be issued by CRG to the VS/VSR, and secondary application materials will be requested at that time.  CRG and UC Berkeley will facilitate the VS or VSR appointment, including visa process and issuing of DS-2019 form for J-1 scholars. 

Appointment Fees

Based on the appointment title, VS/VSR may be subject to the following fees below. (Chart based on Berkeley International Office's Itemized Fees List.)

PLEASE NOTE:  UC Berkeley has implemented retrieval of upfront costs for some fees prior to a DS-2019 being issued and the arrival of the VS/VSR to campus. The Center for Race and Gender 
will pay the following fees upfront for VS/VSR appointments:

- $750 or $1000 University Services Fee (depending on appointment title, also applies to Domestic Visiting Scholars)

- $650 UC Berkeley International Office fee for processing the DS-2019 for the J-1 visa

- FedEx fees for university documents (Fee amount will be detailed on your VS/VSR invitation letter from CRG.)

Upon arrival the VS/VSR will be asked to pay back the Center for Race and Gender for the incurred costs, plus CRG's Host Department Fee. 

UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Fees:NotesFee

University Services Fees (VSPA Office)

See the VSPA Office's University Services Fee webpage

Visiting Scholar $750/year, Visiting Student Researcher $1000/year

UCB host department fees Fee amount will be detailed on your VS/VSR invitation letter from CRG
Health insurance fees See Health Insurance Requirements for J-1/J-2 Visitors webpage for Department of State requirements; check with host department or Human Resources on UCB requirements and fees Check with host department or Human Resources
New/Initial J-1 Services Fee 
(Berkeley International Office)
An additional J-1 Deferral Fee of $100 is required if the start date is deferred for any reason and an amended DS-2019 is issued. The deferral fee will apply once per J-1 program. $650 (or $1,000 only for J-1 Student Interns)
FedEx fees for university documents   Fee amount will be detailed on your VS/VSR invitation letter from CRG