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Visiting Scholars & Graduate Students

CCIS offers a limited number of Self-Funded 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.

All Visiting Scholar and Graduate Student appointments with CCIS are non-salaried appointments only and applicants must have their own extramural funding and their own personal computer but will be provided with a shared office space (if available), as well as full access to all UC San Diego 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.

All Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students who receives an appointment must comply with UCSD's vaccine mandates and Covid-19 protocols that are in place during their stay here at UCSD. Click on the following links for more information on UCSD's vaccine mandate and Covid-19 protocols, & 

All Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students will need to secure their own accommodations during their stay with CCIS. Click this link, Housing, for additional housing information information.

International Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students will be responsible for paying a processing fee for their J-1 visa and a separate Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee.  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 Visiting and Research Scholars' website:  Visiting Scholars (

For more information on Visiting Graduate Students, please visit the UCSD Graduate Division website and read the criteria for Visiting Graduate Student (Non-UC).  Each Visiting Graduate Student is required to pay a $100 nonrefundable processing fee. Other fees may apply.  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