Visiting Student Research Collaborator (VSRC)
A visiting student research collaborator (VSRC) is an advanced degree candidate at another institution who applies to come to Princeton as a short-term, nondegree student to work with a specific Princeton faculty member on a research project that grows out of a specific collaboration or mutual research interest. The VSRC status provides these visiting graduate students with a recognized status at the University, allowing them to take advantage of a number of regular student benefits, including student health insurance, on-campus health care, e-mail accounts, library borrowing privileges, access to the gym and other campus facilities, and assistance from a number of offices, including the Graduate School, the Davis International Center, and campus and off-campus housing offices.
VSRC's may visit for as little as one month or as long as (but no longer than) twelve months. All start dates MUST fall on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month.
The visitor, or the faculty member whose laboratory the student is visiting, is charged an enrollment fee. VSRC's may not take courses for credit or receive a University transcript. Moreover, because VSRC's are understood by the nature of their appointment to be working full time on research, they may not be appointed as Assistants in Instruction or be approved to hold any other kind of paid employment on or off campus.
The department chair, Provost Office, and the Graduate School must approve VSRC appointments.