SI Visiting Scholar Policy

The School of Information (SI) encourages scholarly communication and welcomes domestic or international visiting scholars. At University of Arizona, visiting scholars enjoy:

  • Library privileges identical with those of the faculty
  • The privilege of auditing classes without fee or record (with the consent of the instructor and as space allows)
  • The privilege of attending and taking part in seminars
  • The use of laboratory and other space and facilities to the extent they are available
  • An on-campus office space

In addition, Visiting Scholars may purchase faculty and parking permits and tickets to Artist Series events at faculty rates.

To ensure a productive and pleasant visit for our guests and the best utilization of the school’s limited resources, we have the following guidelines on accepting visiting scholars:

1. The scholar must hold a Ph.D degree and research in an area that is of interests to SI faculty and students.

2. The scholar must be self-supported financially. In some cases, a visiting scholar may be offered a paid adjunct faculty position.

3. The scholar must identify a faculty sponsor who agrees to sponsors the scholar. A faculty sponsor will be the main point of contact for the scholar during his/her visit. Any full-time faculty of SIRLS may be a sponsor for a visiting scholar. Prospective visiting scholars are encouraged to contact the potential sponsoring faculty before submitting an application.

4. The application should include the scholar’s vita, a research plan, and two letters of reference.

5. For non-US residents, the University of Arizona and the U.S. government require certain forms to be completed that require fees including the J-1 processing fee. See These papers only need to be processed after the faculty has decided to accept an applicant.

6. Applications are reviewed twice a year at the faculty meeting closest to May 15 and Dec 15. Applications must be submitted by Dec 1 and May 1 respectively.

7. Inquiries and visiting scholar applications should be directed to the Manager of Administration, Barb Vandervelde.

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