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EALS Visiting Scholar Program
Each academic year the East Asian Legal Studies program hosts a number of Visiting Scholars who come to EALS from academe, government, or law practice to pursue their own research and write on a range of subjects. We strive to invite a diverse group of visitors who represent a variety of home institutions, jurisdictions and legal fields.
Contingent on public health guidance, our Visiting Scholars may seek permission to audit one or two law school classes per semester and are provided access to all of the Harvard libraries, including the incomparable collections of the Law School library. The intellectual richness of the Visiting Scholar experience is deepened through required participation in the "roundtable" discussions at which each Scholar shares works-in-progress and seeks feedback from the other Scholars.
Visiting Scholars are admitted on the basis of a formal application. In selecting applicants, consideration is made of each applicant's background, field of interest and achievements in scholarship and/or practice, and particular weight will be given to the research proposal and demonstration of English language proficiency. It has been our experience that Visiting Scholars who arrive at Harvard already highly proficient in English benefit greatly from their experience and contribute much more to the institution, and for this reason we ask for a TOEFL or IELTS score. The application submitted must be the applicant's own work.
The EALS program is able to offer appointments of maximum one year. Applications for research visits of only one semester (or any period less than twelve months) will also be considered. Ideally, appointments should be concomitant with the Harvard academic year (late August to late May), and will start, at the latest, September 1 (or January 15 for the spring semester). With reasonable exceptions for brief trips consistent with visa and other legal requirements, Visiting Scholars are expected to remain in the Cambridge area during the term of their appointment.
Visiting Scholar Fee
The EALS Visiting Scholar fee is $700 per month of appointment. EALS has limited financial aid funding which is awarded on a need basis. All applicants (whether seeking financial aid or not) are required to submit a complete and accurate listing of their sources of funding to support their visit – which is subject to verification. Inaccurate statements may lead to denial of one’s application or even revocation of an acceptance. Also, before Harvard University can issue a J-1 visa sponsorship document, we are required by the U.S. Government to verify that each incoming Visiting Scholar has adequate funding -- the minimum financial resources an individual must have available during the time here is $2,500 per month (exclusive of the foregoing Visiting Scholar fee). An additional $417 per month must be available for each accompanying family member.
Harvard Law School is not able to provide offices or housing for affiliates who are not candidates for a degree. Our visitors are responsible for securing their own housing, and we suggest visitors start looking online a few months before they arrive. Useful information may be found at the HIO housing site and the Harvard housing site.
The application deadline is March 15 for the full following academic year or any part thereof. On occasion, the program will consider applications at other times.
To apply, download the application linked below, complete all sections, and email it with the required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your $50 application fee (check or money order payable to "Harvard University") can be mailed to East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.
Decisions pursuant to our regular academic cycle will be communicated by April 30. While we will consider exigent circumstances, applicants should understand that for reasons of fairness to our entire applicant pool, we are unlikely to be able to communicate decisions prior to April 30.
The foregoing is contingent on public health guidance and accordingly is subject to alteration should circumstances warrant.
Visiting Scholar Application