Visiting Scholars, Postdoctoral Fellows, and others
There are basically two broad categories of appointed visitors (as distinct from short-term visitors with no formal affiliation with UCLA): (1) Those appointed by the Graduate Division, upon the recommendation of a campus unit (a center, department, program, or school); and (2) Those solely appointed by a campus unit (a center, department, program, or schools).
(1) Appointed by the Graduate Division: Campus units may recommend to the Graduate Division that it formally appoint visitors in one of two categories: (1) Visiting Scholar, or (2) Postdoctoral Fellow. Appointments by the Graduate Division are subject to certain requirements, but give the visitor much more in the way of benefits and pivileges than an appointment through a campus unit.
(2) Appointed by a campus unit only: Campus units are free to give visitors appointments with titles, obligations, requirements, and privileges (such as the units can provide) as they deem appropriate. The unit can, on its own, assist international visitors with getting an appropriate visa and getting a BruinCard. However, other privileges may be limited. Contact the Library for information about visitor borrowing privileges. If your visitor qualifies for an appointment through the Graduate Division, then such an appointment is usually preferable (see below)
Definition: Visiting Scholars are senior scholars or distinguished visitors, typically peers of UCLA faculty, who come to the University to conduct independent or collaborative research for a limited period of time.
Qualifications: in order to qualify for appointment as a UCLA Visiting Scholar, the nominee must:
Appointment Process: Appointment as a UCLA Visiting Scholar is accomplished with the submission of the following documents:
Appointment instructions and forms: www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gss/postdoc/frmsintrovs.htm
Campus Privileges: Appointees are eligible for the following courtesies:
Further information of privileges: www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gss/postdoc/vstpriv.htm
International Scholars: Special considerations need to be taken into account when appointing a foreign national as a UCLA Visiting Scholar. Contact the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) for information about visa rules and regulations, social security numbers, and health insurance options for international visiting scholars.
Definition & Status: A postdoctoral fellow is one who:
Postdoctoral fellow standing, which does not lead to any degree, is normally for a period of one to three years and, in accord with University of California policy, is limited to a period not to exceed five years.
Postdoctoral fellows must have medical insurance. See:
Appointment Process: Appointment of a postdoctoral fellow is accomplished through submission of the Postdoctoral Scholar Appointment Form to Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Services, 1228 Murphy Hall, 144401. This is a separate step from payment of a Fellow.
Appointment instructions and forms: www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gss/postdoc/frmsintro.htm
If you wish to invite a longterm visitor who does not fit either of the two categories (Visiting Scholars and Postdoctoral Fellows) of the Graduate Division -- for example, junior scholars, graduate students, et al. -- you may do so. For such appointments, the Graduate Division recommends the title Research Associate (APM 355). Such appointments do not require official appointment review or approval. The appointee can be issued a BruinCard by departmental request.
Senior, distinguished visitors who do not have a Ph.D. may still qualify for Graduate Division appointment as a Visiting Scholar. For such visitors, append to the application form a letter from your director, addressed to Dean John Richardson, at the Graduate Division, asking for an exemption and explaining why the visitor deserves to be appointed a Visiting Scholar.
Published: Saturday, April 17, 2004
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