Visiting Foreign Scholars and Research Fellows

Fordham Law welcomes legal academics, judges and other high government officials, and doctoral and post-doctoral candidates from around the world to pursue full-time research activities at the Law School.

Visitors may be designated either as Visiting Foreign Scholars or Visiting Foreign Research Fellows and may remain in residence for up to one year. All visitors are expected to pursue their research at Fordham Law in a full-time capacity.

Visiting Foreign Scholars and Research Fellows are entitled to access to the Law School and library privileges, including the use of several of our electronic research services. Visitors are also welcome to participate in the intellectual life of the Law School by attending workshops and public lectures. Visitors are required to attend regularly a seminar series designed for them, which features presentations of works in progress by Visiting Foreign Scholars and Visiting Foreign Research Fellows, as well as outside speakers.

How to Apply

Prospective Visiting Foreign Scholars and Research Fellows must complete the online application form below.

The following supplemental information is required as part of the application. Please have these materials ready to upload in order to successfully submit your request:

  1.    Resume or curriculum vitae;
  2.    Statement of research plan, approximately 1,000 words in length;
  3.    Professional digital photograph of the type that would be used for a passport or state identification;
  4.    Proof of English-language proficiency (i.e., a TOEFL or IELTS report) if you are seeking a visa based on documentation provided by Fordham University.  Please note that this is a new requirement imposed by the U.S. Department of State. 
    • This requirement does not apply for candidates who hold a university-level degree from the United States, any Caribbean Island where English is the sole official language, Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, or the United Kingdom.
    • Visitors applying pursuant to our Cooperation Agreements with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea and the European University Institute are entitled to meet this requirement with a phone interview.

Submit application form.

Space in this program is limited. Applications should be submitted at least six (6) months in advance of the proposed visit.

Administrative Fees

The charge for each Visiting Foreign Scholar or Visiting Foreign Researcher is set forth below.  Payment may be made by cash, credit card or check, and upon arrival.

Duration: Up To Three Months
Doctoral Students: $1,000
Others: $2,000
Duration: Three-Six Months
Doctoral Students: $2,000
Others: $4,000
Duration: Six Months-One Year
Doctoral Students: $3,000
Others: $6,000

*Waiver Policy:  Prospective visitors who would like to be considered for a waiver of the administrative fee must submit a notarized affidavit certifying that you will receive no outside financial assistance, and documenting assets, debts, etc., with accompanying documents (i.e., last two years of your income tax return, translated into English).  Please note that submitting these materials does not guarantee that the administrative fee will be waived.  Waiver requests are granted on a very limited basis.  Requests for fee waivers made after arrival in the U.S. cannot be considered.

Program Expectations

Visitors are required to attend a seminar series designed especially for them.  All visitors are encouraged to present their research at this seminar series.  Upcoming lectures are listed in the Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow Program e-Newsletter.  Research Scholars and Fellows are invited to email vsr@law.fordham.edu in order to schedule a presentation of their work. All visitors are encouraged to make a presentation; and our attendance policy requires all visitors to attend these sessions. In order to be excused from attending a seminar, you must request a waiver in advance by email to vsr@law.fordham.edu.  Illness is a valid excuse; invalid excuses include family travel, regular childcare duties, and other meetings.  After two unexcused absences in any given semester, your status and privileges as a Visiting Scholar or Research Fellow will be revoked and you will be asked to surrender your ID card.  In addition, anyone on a visa supported by documentation provided by Fordham University will be reported to the Office for International Services, which will inform the immigration authorities that you are out of compliance with your visa.

Important Welcome Materials

Welcome Guide for Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows

Library Information for Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows 

Auditing Classes

Visitors are welcome to participate in the intellectual life at the law school, to attend public events, and, space permitting and with the permission of the professor, to audit law school courses. Please do not contact faculty members directly.

Audit a course.