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Office of the Dean of the Faculty

Information and Guidelines on Appointing Visiting Fellows and Visiting Research Collaborators

Last updated: November 2006

The University will extend its hospitality to visiting post-doctoral scholars who wish to spend a limited time at Princeton for the purpose of study, scholarship, and research. The nature of the appointment depends on the stature, credentials, and reasons for visiting.

Visiting Fellow
1. Senior Visiting Fellow. Appointment as Senior Fellow is exceptional and should be discussed with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty prior to submission.
2. Visiting Fellow. Appointment as Visiting Fellow is appropriate for faculty members visiting from other academic institutions and for established independent scholars and researchers. They are considered professional colleagues of our faculty. Facilities and resources may be provided to them by the sponsoring department.

Visiting fellows ordinarily have no specific responsibilities in either teaching or research and do not receive stipends or salaries from the University. Appointments normally are limited to one year, but may be renewed for a second year under exceptional circumstances. When Visiting Fellows are asked to undertake specific teaching or research responsibilities, formal supplemental appointments to the Faculty or as a Researcher must be recommended to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty for review.

Visiting Research Collaborator
When activity on a specific research enterprise requires frequent short-term visits to the campus by an outside scholar or researcher who is contributing to research on campus, the department may request an appointment to the rank of Visiting Research Collaborator. This courtesy appointment is for individuals directly associated with the research or scholarship of a center, a consortium, or an individual research project, when the anticipated stays on campus would normally be for less than one month on each occasion and when no remuneration is provided. Visiting Research Collaborators will have access to University facilities.

Appointments are made for a period of one year or less, but are renewable if the collaboration continues.