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Visiting Research Scholars Program

Visiting scholars should apply via this online application form and upload the following documents:

  • CV/Resume which describes your professional accomplishments, educational background, employment history, publications, and awards; must include complete mailing and permanent addresses, phone number(s), and email address;
  • Two- to three-page statement of your research project;
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your credentials; must be on letterhead from the university/business, with an original signature;
  • Description of your anticipated source of funding for your stay at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law;
  • A copy of your English score report (IELTS; TOEFL; or Duolingo). The score report must be within the most two recent years immediately prior to applying to the Visiting Research Scholars program. If the applicant does not submit an English score report, our program will interview the applicant to verify that the applicant has sufficient level of English to conduct research and interact with the faculty and students here at OSU.
  • A scanned copy of your passport.

The program fee for visiting scholars is $1,200 per semester. If a scholar attends OSU for less than a semester, the program fee will be pro-rated.

The program fee can be waived for visiting scholars from our partner universities. Visiting scholars also have to pay a non-refundable, non-waivable $425 visa processing fee.

• Visitors are required to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families. View more information here. Details about this insurance requirement will be sent with the DS-2019, once visiting scholars are admitted. Please note that Visiting Scholars are not considered employees of OSU, and therefore are not eligible to purchase one of OSU's employment-based insurance plans.

• Visitors should not plan to work while in the U.S. They are expected to spend their time pursuing their research project and have the option of auditing classes.

• Visitors will be asked to submit a brief report before their departure date that includes information on the research topic, progress made on the topic during the visit, how the research will benefit the visiting scholar’s professional life (and sponsor, if applicable), and any administrative suggestions for the Assistant Dean.