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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. You will need to request his/her consent to support your application and serve as your faculty host. Once an agreement is reached, please ask the faculty member to send the following documents to
    • Faculty statement of endorsement
    • Your curriculum vitae
    • Your research proposal
    • Beginning and ending dates of your visit (up to one year)
  • Obtain your own source of support. Estimated expenses are:
    • $2,400 per month for an individual (effective July 1st, 2023)
    • $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 childcare
    • $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 PhD 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 medical insurance during the term of the appointment. EAP will assist all appointed visiting scholars with obtaining necessary documents for the visa application. It is the sole responsibility of the visiting scholar to acquire adequate medical insurance coverage. For more information, please contact the EAP administrative assistant at 607-255-6222.

EAP Visiting Scholar Privileges


Visiting scholars may use the university library and its materials 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. The Getting Started section of the Office of Global Learning's International Services website lists options in the Ithaca area. For information on other aspects of visiting Ithaca, the International Services website is a useful resource.

Office Space

EAP has a limited number of workstations that we reserve for our visitors. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis. If no workstation is available, 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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Visiting Scholar

Xiangzi Deng is a doctoral candidate at Yuelu Academy of Hunan University. She holds an M.A. (2021) in the Ancient Chinese Literature from Hunan University in Changsha, China. Her research fields are Confucian culture, Rite, Classic Chinese Poetry, and Classic Chinese Novel.

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.

LB Korean Studies Research Scholar

Soyi Kim is the inaugural LB Korean Studies Research Scholar for the East Asia Program.

Visiting Scholar

Lu Xiaocong is a Ph.D. candidate of Yuelu Academy at Hunan University. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in engineering.

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

Eriko Teramura is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Meikai University in Chiba, Japan. She specializes in human resources management, labor economics, and gender studies.

Visiting Scholar

Zhoubin Zhu is a professor in the Chinese language and culture college of Sichuan International Studies University. His research fields mainly include: Literary theory and criticism, Comparative literature.