Visiting scholars are distinguished visitors who (1) hold a doctoral degree or the international equivalent and (2) a faculty 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. They 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.
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; they have funding from their home universities or from outside grant or funding agencies. They are considered peers of the faculty rather than postdoctoral scholars who perform research and training objectives under faculty supervision.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY VISITING SCHOLAR FEES
The Department of Public Policy charges a Visiting Scholar fee of $3,000 per academic quarter [Fall (September through December), Winter (January through March), and Spring (April through June)] or $9,000 per academic year (September through June)]. There is an additional fee of $3,000 for the Summer term (June through September). The fees cover costs currently charged by the University to process visa and Bruin Card applications; 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.