Visiting scholars  are senior scholars and distinguished visitors who (1) hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent and (2) an appointment comparable to that of a UCLA faculty member, and (3) are in most cases on temporary leave from their universities or research centers.
Visiting scholars are in residence for relatively short periods of time, usually no longer than a year. Visiting scholars usually conduct research conceived and funded prior to coming to UCLA. While in some cases they collaborate on research projects and publications with UCLA faculty members, these collaborations are in all cases established prior to their arrival at UCLA. Ordinarily, visiting scholars are self-supported; that is they have funding from their home universities or from outside grant or funding agencies.
Visiting Scholars are largely independent and autonomous. They interact with faculty sponsors, students, and other faculty, but they receive no formal mentoring or guidance.
Ordinarily, visiting scholars are self-supported, or have adequate support funds from sources outside the University and are considered peers of the faculty, unlike postdoctoral scholars  who enroll with the Graduate Division for an approved postdoctoral research and training objective under faculty supervision.
Fees: The Department of Urban Planning charges a Visiting Scholar fee:
This fee covers costs currently charged by the university to process visa applications and Bruin Card applications as well as faculty and staff time in facilitating and advising visiting scholars with their research/study program while at UCLA, administration of the departmental Visiting Scholar program and overhead charges on facilities and equipment. Visitors are provided with a shared office space.
How to apply: To apply for appointment as a Visiting Scholar please send the following materials via e-mail (as attachments, in either *.pdf or *.doc formats) to Jennifer Choy, Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment at: Jchoy@luskin.ucla.edu .
There is no deadline for applications, though you should allow at least one month for your application to be considered, and at least two additional months to process your appointment should you be invited to visit UCLA. International Visiting Scholars should apply at least six months in advance in order to allow time for visa processing.
Invitation to visit the Department of Urban Planning is solely at the discretion of your sponsoring faculty member(s) and the Chair of the Department of Urban Planning. To identify an appropriate faculty member to serve as your sponsor, you may wish to access the department of Urban Planning faculty research listings and contact information  and the UCLA Faculty Research Interests database 
Should both a sponsoring faculty member and the Urban Planning Chair recommend your appointment, you will be issued a letter of invitation for a specific term or terms.