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Visiting Scholars, Officers of Research, and Staff Officers of Research
The Visiting Scholar designation is a courtesy designation that Columbia University offers to those who want to use University resources for their own purposes. The Visiting Scholar designation does not signify a formal affiliation with the University, and therefore, one should not represent themselves as having an affiliation with Columbia on their CVs, bios, etc. Additionally, if one needs a visa to enter the U.S. the purpose of the visit needs to match the visa status: visiting scholars should be in J status (unless they have another visa status other than a tourist visa) that best represents their primary purpose for being in the U.S. Columbia will sponsor J-1 visas for visiting scholars. Please also refer to the ISSO website for any questions.
The Chazen Visiting Scholar Program at Columbia Business School provides international doctoral candidates, faculty members, and business practitioners with the opportunity to take advantage of Columbia's resources to further their research and scholarship. A visiting appointment is a non-stipendiary position lasting a period of between one month and one year, with an option to extend for up to one additional year. The visiting scholar will receive Columbia University library access and borrowing privileges, a temporary Columbia University ID card and email address, and the option to audit up to two open courses per semester.
Visitors must be sponsored by a faculty member at the Business School, who will serve as the scholar's academic adviser and provide guidance on the progress of the visitor's research. The faculty adviser should specialize in the same area as the prospective visitor.
Effective 2014, in compliance with University policies, visitors may be granted one of three designations by the University. The designation is dependent on whether the visitor and faculty sponsor intend to collaborate on research that may/will result in a co-authored paper and/or publication.
- Visiting Scholars: visitors who perform their own, independent research
- “Officer of Research”: visitors who are performing collaborative research with a faculty member and already hold a PhD
- “Staff Officer of Research”: visitors who are performing collaborative research with a faculty member and do not hold a PhD
Visitors who only conduct independent research must be designated 'Visiting Scholars'
If you are not sure which affiliation best fits your visit, please see the following document for more details: Guidelines for Affiliation