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Visiting Scholars


The University of California, San Diego (“University”) is host to a large number of domestic and international scholars and scientists who do not require official University employment but require an affiliation to use its facilities and participate in its research activities and educational programs. To accommodate the needs of these individuals and recognize their contributions to the intellectual life, the University provides the designation, Visiting Scholar.


A Visiting Scholar is normally a scholar from another university, research institution, government agency or non-profit organization on leave from his/her home institution who visits the University for the purposes of participating in a University-sponsored educational program, cooperative agreement, or collaborative research project under the supervision of a UCSD faculty, for a short period of time.  (See Visiting Scholar Full Policy).

A Visiting Graduate Student is a pre-doctoral graduate student (PhD, MA, MS, MBA, or MD) pursuing research at UC San Diego related to his/her degree program at his/her home institution (not another University of California campus). Appointment in this category is processed by the Graduate Division. Please reference their policy.  (See Visiting Graduate Student Full Policy).

Information for Campus Administrators and Faculty

Information for Current Visiting Scholars

Information for Prospective Visiting Scholars

Medical Insurance for Visiting Scholars

Vaccination Mandate Compliance Process for Visiting Scholars