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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 9 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 at 607-255-6222.

    EAP Visiting Scholar Privileges


    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.


    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.

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    Senior Visiting Fellow

    Pedro Erber is an Associate Professor at the School of International Liberal Arts and the Graduate School of International Culture and Communication Studies, Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. He is also associate editor of the journal ARTMargins.

    Visiting Scholar

    Gilles Guiheux is Professor at Université Paris Cité and a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies on the African, American and Asian Worlds (CESSMA). He is a senior fellow at the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF).

    LB Korean Studies Research Scholar

    Soyi Kim (Ph.D. 2022 University of Minnesota) is the inaugural LB Korean Studies Research Scholar for the East Asia Program.

    Visiting Scholar

    Wenwen Li is a doctoral candidate at Yuelu Academy of Hunan University. He holds a master's degree (2020) in the History of Chinese Thought from Northwest University in Xi'an, China, and a bachelor's degree (2013) in Chinese History from Tianshui Normal University in Tianshui, China.

    Visiting Scholar

    Jun Matsuda is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at Aoyama Gakuin University. He specializes in Japanese and Okinawan literature, history of ideas, and postcolonial studies.

    Visiting Scholar

    Yoshiko Okuyama (PhD, University of Arizona) is a professor of Japanese studies in the Department of Languages at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo.

    Visiting Scholar

    Shan Xiang is an associate professor of Yuelu Academy at Hunan University. Her research interests is the history of Mongol-Yuan Period(1206—1368)of China.

    Visiting Scholar

    Shuai Zhou is an associate professor at the School of International Economics and International Relations, Liaoning University in Shenyang, China. He is also the deputy secretary general of Liaoning Society of World Economy. He has received his PhD, MA, and BA degrees from Liaoning University.