New IURD Visiting Scholars Policy (effective July 1, 2014)

Visiting Scholars-How to Apply

Program Overview

This program is intended for faculty members from other universities on sabbatical leave, post-doc researchers and professionals with PhD or other terminal degrees seeking a place to think, write, and reflect. The application process is very competitive, and it is essential that there is a relationship between your interests and the research being conducted at IURD. We ask you to author a publication while in residence; if appropriate, we will publish it as an IURD working paper. We also encourage you to present your work at the IURD Visiting Scholars’ Roundtable. Visiting scholars are to be in residence for no longer than one year.

If your research is not connected to IURD projects, or if you are a PhD student, you will need to apply to one of the departmental visiting scholar programs. Contact the faculty member with whom you wish to affiliate, and ask for guidance in the departmental application process. View our current list of faculty here.

How to Apply

To be considered for a visiting scholar appointment, please provide the following information to Karen Chapple, IURD Interim Director, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, by emailing her at

  • Your CV with information on education, research, and current academic affiliation.
  • A one-page description of the research that you would like to do at IURD. Include a description of the publication you will prepare while in residence.
  • The period of time you would like to stay at IURD (and how much flexibility you have).
  • Verification that you are financially independent during your stay. If you are funded by an institutional source (e.g., a university, grant, or company) please let us know.
  • Written assurance from an IURD faculty member verifying that your proposed research is connected to funded research being conducted at IURD.

There will be two application deadlines per year: applications for appointments beginning in fall semester will be due February 1 and for spring semester, August 1. IURD staff, working with the faculty sponsor, will interview applicants and notify them of their acceptance in 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

IURD Visiting Scholars Administrative Fee.

Starting July 1, 2014, all IURD Visiting Scholars will be charged a $400 fee to cover expenses related to administering the Visting Scholars program. Each fee payment will be for a one-year period. Those who will be in residence for less than one year must still pay the $400 fee. Should Visiting Scholars receive extensions to their appointments beyond one year, an additional $400 fee will be charged for each additional year. Within two weeks of an appointment, the IURD Visiting Scholar must submit the payment, by check, cash or money order made out to "Regents of the University of California", to Andrea Martinez, IURD's Human Resources Manager (, 390 Wurster Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1839.

While in residence, Visiting Scholars are expected to actively participate in the Visiting Scholars Roundtable series and to volunteer to give a talk about their research interest at one of the Roundtables.