The CMES hosts a small number of Visiting Scholars from other academic institutions for a semester or an academic year. Visiting Scholar affiliations with the CMES are available on a restricted basis and subject to review by the CMES Chair. Successful applicants are given affiliation, library privileges and, when possible, shared office space. They are encouraged to attend CMES events whenever possible, and to meet with students and faculty to discuss their area of expertise.


Visiting Scholars must:

  • Possess a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent conferred more than five years ago OR possess a Ph.D. or foreign equivalent conferred less than five years ago but currently hold a professional tenure-track position, e.g., Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor.
  • Pursue a program of research which is of mutual interest to and endorsed by the CMES.
  • Propose a visit of at least one month in duration.


Visiting Scholar affiliation is granted for periods of one semester to one year (exceptions for one- or two-month appointments may be granted). Extensions beyond one year are considered on a case-by-case basis and are not automatic. Extensions must be requested in writing at least three months prior to the end of the current appointment.

Financial Support:

The CMES does not provide financial support for visiting scholars. Applicants must provide proof of financial support. The University of California requires international scholars to have at least $1,600.00 per month of the proposed stay. Additional funds are required if the scholar plans to bring family members ($500.00 per month for spouse, and $200.00 per month, per child). Funding may come from the scholar’s home institution, fellowships or grants, Fulbright awards, or personal funds.


Visiting Scholars are responsible for paying the following fees :

$750 University Services Fee. This entitles you to use the library facilities of the nine-campus UC library system, to audit classes with professors’ permission, to use the university’s wireless internet service, and to establish an e-mail account.
$1,000 per semester CMES Visiting Scholar Program Fee. This one-time fee covers the administrative costs of your appointment as a visiting scholar at our center. It also entitles you to certain privileges and services at CMES for the duration of your appointment (including shared office space depending on availability on your date of arrival).

Health Insurance:

All domestic and international Visiting Scholars on the UC Berkeley campus are required to have health insurance for themselves and all accompanying dependents. Details can be found at the Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Office.


The CMES accepts applications from Visiting Scholars on an annual basis, with a review date of January 15 for appointments in the next Academic Year. Applications after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, space permitting. To apply, please submit, as a single document, the following:

  • A letter addressed to the CMES Chair indicating interest, the specific dates of the proposed appointment, and the anticipated funding.
  • A one-page abstract briefly describing research proposed.
  • A curriculum vitae with degrees, work experience and publications.

Proposals should be sent to with the subject line “Visiting Scholar Application.” Visiting Scholars will be notified of preliminary acceptance by e-mail by March 1. If accepted, paperwork and processing by the University can take between one and four months, depending on residence and visa status. A nonrefundable application fee of $100 is required for processing paperwork.