Executive in Residence

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CMES considers applications for Executives-in-Residence on a rolling basis.  Appointment terms and fees are identical to Visiting Scholar appointments listed below. 


  • CMES expects that EIR will contribute to the intellectual life of the Center by attending lectures and conferences and interacting with faculty and students to discuss their area of expertise.
  • All EIRs are expected to give a public lecture during their stay.
  • No other position, including paid or unpaid positions in other UC Berkeley departments, can be held at the same time without approval from the CMES Chair.


EIR candidates are responsible for paying the following fees :

  • $750 per year VSPA University Services Fee. All EIR must pay this fee directly to VSPA within 3 days of the appointment start date, in order to be in compliance with VSPA affiliation requirements and to gain access to university services such as library access, ID card, and a Berkeley email account.
  • $1,000 per semester CMES EIR Administrative Fee. This fee covers the administrative costs of your appointment as a visiting scholar at CMES. 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). It is paid via wire transfer or check payable to “UC Regents” at CMES.
  • $500 DS-2019 fee. This fee applies to international visiting scholars only and is not required for U.S. citizens or permanent residents. This fee is for the Berkeley International Office (BIO), which produces the DS-2019 form required to obtain the J-1 visa. It is paid via wire transfer or check payable to “UC Regents” at CMES.

If you are interested, please submit the following information to CMES@berkeley.edu.

  • Cover letter including dates of proposed residence and proposed research

  • An abstract for a public lecture

  • CV

  • Statement of financial support, health care insurance and funding sources




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