Visiting Scholars Program

In recognition of their work in energy-related disciplines, the Center on Global Energy Policy hosts a Visiting Scholars program at Columbia University, which is open to those who are faculty members from other universities, independent researchers (at the Ph.D. level or its equivalent), and other professionals working in the field.

During their visit, we strongly encourage all Visiting Scholars to present on their research efforts and to participate in CGEP events and programming. We also ask that all Visiting Scholars commit to producing policy-relevant outputs during their visit, which should be discussed with appropriate Center staff during the application and review process. 

Visiting Scholar is a courtesy title that does not signify any formal association with the University. Individuals named to this title may not claim a University affiliation for the purpose of applying for grants and contracts and should not represent themselves in their publications and correspondence as having a University affiliation. They should not include this designation on their curricula vitae. Visiting Scholar status carries no stipend or fellowship.  Individuals may be named Visiting Scholars for up to one year, while renewals for a second year are granted only in exceptional cases.

Upon selection by the Center and approval by the Provost, Visiting Scholars are entitled to certain limited rights and privileges:

  • Scholars are issued a card entitling them to free reading privileges in Columbia's libraries, including electronic library resources. The University charges a monthly fee of $30.00 for borrowing privileges.
  • Visiting Scholars are issued a Columbia e-mail account at no charge.
  • Visitng Scholars may also use other facilities at the University such as the Computer Center, the Audio/Visual Aids Center, and the gymnasium—all subject to the individual regulations of the department or center involved.
  • Visiting Scholars are welcome to participate fully in the intellectual life of the University, including attending all open events.

While we can offer limited assistance on an ad hoc basis (e.g., initial introductions to faculty), please note the following:

  • Visiting Scholars are responsible for their own financial arrangements, including travel and housing.
  • The Center cannot provide any secretarial or clerical help to Visiting Scholars. Visiting Scholars are not entitled to office space, photocopying, postage or telephone privileges.
  • Visiting Scholars are ineligible for the University's medical insurance or pension plans or for University housing.

Application process

In order to be considered for the Visiting Scholars program, please submit the following to:

  • Visiting Scholars application (download here) and associated materials (indicated in the PDF application) including:

o   Full curriculum vitae

o   Full list of publications

o   One-page summary of research proposal/topic, including why Center sponsorship would be helpful or relevant

o   Writing sample (~5 to 10 pages) that reflects their current research interests

o   2 letters of recommendation (can potentially be waived depending on tenure and research / publications record) 

Additional requirements / steps for Foreign Nationals

  • The Visiting Scholar designation is dependent upon individuals securing a J-1 visa.
  • Upon submission of all the documentation required by the United States government, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will issue the DS-2019 form needed to support the J-1 application. 

If you have any questions, please contact: