Visiting Scholars Program at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute


Thank you for your interest in the Visiting Scholars Program at the U.S.-Asia Law Institute. At the bottom of this page you will find the application form, as well as further information about application instructions. If you have any questions about the application process, please email:

Administrative Fees:

* Each accepted Visiting Scholar will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of $2,500 for a stay of up to six months and $5,000 for up to one year. This fee defrays a portion of the administrative costs for this program. Absent extraordinary circumstances detailed below, this fee will not be waived.

* Additionally, before NYU can issue a J-1 visa sponsorship document, we are required by the U.S. Government to verify that each incoming Visiting Scholar has adequate funding to maintain a reasonable standard of living in the New York area. All applicants must show proof of funding of $2,000 per month plus an additional $600 per month for a significant other and $350 per month per child. Visiting Scholars are responsible for securing their own housing. 

About the Program

The U.S.-Asia Law Institute hosts a small number of outstanding scholars each year. Our Visiting Scholars include judges, prosecutors, lawyers, legal journalists, and legislators, as well as academics. Scholars are able to audit classes at NYU, use the NYU library and other resources and attend events at NYU while pursuing their own research goals and contributing to Institute research and projects. Our semi-monthly Visiting Scholar Workshop Series provides an opportunity for Visiting Scholars to share their work with experts from various fields. All Visiting Scholars are expected to participate in Institute events and to share the results of their research with the faculty, staff and other scholars at the Institute.

Interested in applying? Read instructions from last year's application and get an early start! Download the instructions.

Please note we only accept applications for our Visiting Scholar Program on a yearly basis. If you have missed the deadline, we encourage you to apply for next year's cycle.