Important Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept international scholars during the 2021-22 academic year. We may, however, be able to host a small number of U.S. based visiting scholars whom do not require visa sponsorship Applications are now being accepted for arrivals beginning in the Fall of 2022.

The Visiting Scholar designation at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) is designed to enrich academic scholarship and a diversity of ideas through hosting select faculty and scholars from other institutions, from both here and abroad, and allowing them to pursue their own research at Columbia University. The visiting scholar designation is a courtesy affiliation, and is unpaid.

The designation of Visiting Scholar grants full access to the University’s extensive libraries and online research tools, including full borrowing privileges. A scholar’s Columbia ID card gives them access to the University’s many campus offerings, including lectures, seminars, conferences and performances. The Institute does not offer office space to scholars, but the entire University has wifi access and there are many libraries, study rooms, and cafes in which to work. Visiting Scholars are responsible for arranging for their own financial support, health benefits, and off-campus housing. Once visiting scholars are accepted, they may consult the International Students and Scholars Office website for help finding off-campus housing and related matters.

Applications are reviewed quarterly. The Institute is unable to provide a letter of invitation unless and until a scholar is admitted into the program. Application materials should include: A letter/email of introduction and intent; Academic CV; an abstract (1-2 pp.) of the research project you will undertake while on campus. Materials may be submitted via email to Once accepted, scholars will be required to document income meeting the ISSO’s minimum guidelines for themselves and any dependents accompanying them for the duration of their stay. Questions may be directed to Assistant Director Ingrid Gerstmann