Visiting Scholars

The Center for Asia Pacific Studies welcomes domestic and international scholars (PhD preferred) to apply for its Visiting Scholars program. During this 3-6 month program visiting scholars will be in residence at the Center pursuing independent research and interacting with USF's faculty, students, and staff. Faculty on sabbatical are particularly encouraged to apply. Please note that this is not a fellowship program; visiting scholars do not receive a salary/stipend and must be self-funded. This program is not intended for MA or PhD students.

Selection Criteria

We welcome applications from active academic researchers and university faculty members in the humanities and social sciences whose proposed research meets the following selection criteria:

  • Research is relevant to the study of the Asia Pacific (especially China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Philippines)
  • Research is in one of the fields of history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, art history, political science, sociology, anthropology, and economics
  • Preference will be given to applicants whose research is transnational, border-crossing, or comparative in nature
  • Must be affiliated with an established institution


Visiting Scholars are:

  • responsible for conducting their own independent research while at the University of San Francisco
  • expected to be in residence at the Center a minimum of two days per week during regular work hours
  • encouraged to present their research or otherwise take part in seminars or conferences organized by the Center if such opportunities arise during their stay
  • asked to acknowledge the Center for Asia Pacific Studies in any publications that result from research performed while affiliated with USF (The Center appreciates copies of publications or papers completed during a fellow’s affiliation with the Center.)
  • asked to submit a short (two page maximum) final report on the outcome of their research affiliation
  • expected to bring their own computer to use for their work
  • responsible for finding and making arrangements for their own housing for the duration of their stay


  • Full access to USF’s libraries and electronic resources
  • Use of desk in shared office space in the Center’s office suite
  • A USF email account for use during the duration (1-6 months)
  • Attendance at all Center sponsored public events (optional)

Please note that this program is not intended for scholars to participate in classes at USF. Auditing classes is at the discretion of individual faculty and must be arranged independently by Visiting Scholars