About the Program

The U.S.-Asia Law Institute hosts a small number of outstanding foreign research scholars from Asia 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.

Application Process

Please read the application information and directions carefully.

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. 

View/download Application Instructions here.

We have not updated the application instructions for the 2018-2019 Visiting Scholars Program. However, much of the information and application procedures will remain the same. If you are interested in gathering the materials for your application early, please use this as a reference.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email: usali.nyu@gmail.com