Please click on some of our frequently asked questions to view more information about the CGCS Visiting Scholar Program. If you require further information please contact us.



Who should apply to the program?

The CGCS Visiting Scholar Program provides great opportunities for advanced PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and young faculty members.

How do I apply?

All applications are submitted through an online application form. We are currently not accepting applications.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants are required to provide a CV, statement of interest and research proposal, a short essay based on prompts, a recommendation letter, and a description of how you intend to secure or supplement funding for your stay. There is a $75 application fee.

How many recommendation letters do I need?

Applicants only need to submit one recommendation letter.

What are the current application deadlines?

We are currently not accepting applications.

Are there scholarships available?

CGCS is able to offer very limited scholarship support. Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarships are very competitive, and self-funders are appreciated.

What type of finances are required for a visiting scholar stay?

All visiting scholars on a J-1 visa must meet minimum funding requirements of 2,202 USD/month or 26,425 USD/year.

Scholars with J-2 dependents must meet this requirement and have an additional $500/month for an accompanying spouse and an additionally $334/month for each accompanying child.

Funding will cover travel and living expenses. No tuition is charged for the CGCS Visiting Scholar Program.

What do visiting scholars do while at Annenberg?

Visiting scholars have a number of opportunities while at Annenberg. While the program gives scholars the flexibility to focus on their own research, scholars are required to present at an informal lunchtime lecture and submit a short research report to CGCS that connects the scholar’s research interests with CGCS’s research areas. Scholars also have the opportunity to audit 1-2 courses a semester, attend CGCS and Annenberg events, use Annenberg and Penn’s library resources, and immerse themselves in the Annenberg community.


Do visiting scholars get credit for courses they take?

Visiting scholars are allowed to audit courses, however, as scholars do not pay tuition or fees, they are unable to receive credit.