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Visiting Scholars & Graduate Students

CCIS offers a limited number of Visiting Scholar & Graduate Student positions each academic year in order to support advanced research and writing on any aspect of international migration and refugee flows, in any of the social sciences, history, and law.

Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students must have their own extramural funding, but are provided with shared office space, as well as full access to all UCSD academic, institutional, and recreational resources. They benefit from interaction in a supportive, interdisciplinary community of scholars and have multiple opportunities to present their research at seminars.

Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students are not required to have a UC affiliation.

International Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students will be responsible for paying a $475 processing fee for their J-1 visa and a separate Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee of $180.  Other fees may apply.  You may click on this link, Fees, to see a summary of the fees related to the J-1 process.  Click on the following links if you want to see more information on the J-1 process.  J-1 Forms and

For more information on Visiting Scholars, please visit the UCSD Office of Postdoctoral & Visiting Scholar Affairs' website:

For more information on Visiting Graduate Students, please visit the UCSD Graduate Division website and read the criteria for Visiting Graduate Student (Non-UC): and then click on "Visiting Graduate Students (Non-UC)".  Please note that the maximum stay for a Visiting Graduate Student is a total of 2 years.

Depending on the circumstances of each prospective applicant, the approval process may take up to 4-6 months to complete.

To apply for a Visiting Scholar or Visiting Graduate Student position, please email your most current Curriculum Vitae (CV), Research Project Title and Abstract, and the desired dates of stay to Ana Minvielle at