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Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars spend a limited residency at Cornell to pursue their research and to work with EAP faculty and students. Most visiting scholars come from countries in East Asia and spend nine to 12 months at Cornell. 


Visiting Scholar Program and Application Process 

EAP Visiting Scholar Requirements

In order to be considered for a non-salaried visiting scholar position at EAP, you must:

  • Conduct research on China, Japan, or Korea
  • Obtain faculty sponsorship: Please review the list of EAP core faculty and contact a faculty member in our directory who shares your disciplinary and research interests requesting his/her consent to support your application and serve as your faculty host. Once an agreement is reached, request that the faculty member send the EAP program the following documents:
    • Faculty statement of endorsement
    • Your curriculum vitae
    • Your research proposal
    • Beginning and ending dates of your visit for an up to a one-year appointment
  • Obtain your own source of support, estimated expenses are:
    • $1,800 per month for an individual
    • $1,200 per month for spouse
    • $500 per month for one child, $400 for each additional child if a spouse is coming and will provide child care.
    • $1,100 per child if coming without J-2 spouse
    • Have or obtain adequate health insurance for the duration of your visit

    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: EAP is not institutionally positioned to host graduate students as visiting scholars. To qualify, one must either have a Ph.D. degree or a professional appointment in a relevant field at the time of application. All appointments are contingent upon the visiting scholar maintaining valid work-authorized visa status and upon their retaining medical insurance during the term of the appointment. EAP will assist all appointed visiting scholars with necessary documents for visa application. It is the sole responsibility of the visiting scholar to acquire adequate medical insurance coverage. For more information, please contact EAP Administrative Assistant Jennifer Fields, 607-255-6222.

    EAP Visiting Scholar Privileges

    Library

    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.

    Lodging

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

    Office Space

    Office space is at a premium on campus. EAP has a limited number of workstations that we reserve for our visitors, which are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. If no workstation available to offer, we encourage our visiting scholars to take advantage of reading rooms in the university libraries.

    Wellness Program

    Visiting scholars may join the university's Wellness Program for a fee.


    Search for EAP Faculty, Students, and Staff

    Visiting Scholar, 2019-20

    Ben Judkins is co-editor of the journal Martial Arts Studies. With Jon Nielson he is co-author of The Creation of Wing Chun: A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts (SUNY, 2015).

    Research Intern

    Jiang Li received his M.A. from Hunan University of China (2018), majoring in ancient Chinese history. Now, he is a doctoral candidate at Hunan University.

    Visiting Scholar, 2019-20

    Masaki Matsubara, a researcher and meditation teacher at Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism), is working with the Johnson Museum of Art on projects for teaching Japanese religion with the museum’s tremendously valuable and rare collection.

    Visiting Scholar, 2019-20

    Yan Qin is a lecturer at Taiyuan University of Technology in the School of Government Management. She earned her PhD in Political Science from Peking University in 2012. Her current teaching includes Ancient Chinese Political Systems, History of Western Administrative Policy, and Logic.

    Visiting Scholar

    Dongwei Yang is a Ph.D candidate from Renmin University of China. He holds an M.A. in comparative literature from Southwest University in China. His research interests are modern and contemporary Chinese poetry and translation studies.

    Visiting Scholar, 2019-20

    Liu Yuchun is an associate professor at Wuhan University of Science and Technology in China. She holds a doctorate in ancient Chinese history from Wuhan University.

    Her research interests are gender, body, and medicine in the Song dynasty. 

    EAP Courtesy Lecturer

    Jan Zeserson received her PhD in Anthropology from Cornell. She is a courtesy lecturer in Cornell’s East Asia Program and has worked with Cornell Prison Education Program (CPEP) inside and outside of the classroom for nearly a decade.