Application Procedure for Visiting Scholars

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The documents outlined below must be submitted by March 1 for consideration at the April meeting, and by October 31 for consideration at the November meeting. Those wishing to visit in the summer will be considered in the preceding November meeting. It is strongly recommended that all applications be sent several months in advance of the November and April meetings. Consideration of your application will begin when all materials have been received.

To apply for a visiting scholar position, please email us at lingdept@fas.harvard.edu and include the following materials (in English) as electronic attachments: 

  1. a cover letter stating dates of proposed visit
  2. an up-to-date cv
  3. a brief (up to two-page) research proposal for the proposed visit 
  4. two letters of recommendation on institutional letterhead; they can be sent by email attachment to lingdept@fas.harvard.edu

Soon after the November and April meetings, a member of our staff will notify you of the decision regarding your application. If accepted, you will be provided all necessary forms as well as instructions to assist you with the details regarding your appointment and visit. 

For International Visiting Scholars

Funding requirements:

To comply with US Government regulations, the financial minimum for non-medical area international scholar appointments is $30,000 per year for a single scholar and an additional $5,000 for each accompanying family member.

We strongly urge you to refer to the Harvard International Office (HIO) website for relevant information regarding the following:

Immigration, visas, health insurance, housingtravel and other general information.

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