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Visiting Fellows

SEAP Visitor and Scholar Policies

The Southeast Asia Program welcomes scholars from other institutions, especially those in this country and overseas who do not have access to special research collections, but who do have their own funding, either during the academic year or in the summer period. In accordance with current university procedures, a formal appointment as Visiting Fellow or Visiting Scholar (without Cornell stipend) requires a PhD degree, and can be made for one year at a time, for a maximum of three years. This title may not be used to appoint external graduate students, either domestic or foreign. Overseas scholars need to hold a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for which the Program will facilitate the issuance of the necessary DS-2019 qualifying certificate.  The financial obligation outlined below must be met at a bare minimum and does not reduce the cost of required health insurance and may not correspond with the actual cost of living.

Scholars who wish to visit Cornell for less than three months are welcome to do so as casual visitors.  The SEAP office will prepare a letter of introduction to the Olin Library Circulation Desk, requesting issuance of a temporary stack permit, and they are invited to attend any Program-sponsored events.

Prior to arrival, visitors with an academic appointment will find the following links on Cornell's International Services website helpful:

  • Before You Arrive: to obtain visa, housing and tax information
  • Resources: to obtain a plethora of information on how best to settle in Ithaca (for example, health insurance, childcare, banking, etc.)



Scholars wishing to affiliate with SEAP as a Visiting Fellow are invited to submit a current curriculum vitae, as well as a brief narrative of the research you will conduct at Cornell.  Applicants should also indicate a proposed term of residence.  Applications to join the SEAP Visiting Fellow Program are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be submitted well in advance of the proposed start of residency.  The following restrictions apply:

  1. Applicants must be able to provide their own financial support during residency.  Current estimated expenses include $1,800 per month in living expenses per individual, $1200 per month for spouse, and $500 per month for one child, $400 for each additional child, IF spouse is coming and will provide child care.
  2. Applicants must conduct research on Southeast Asia in any discipline during the term of residency.
  3. Visiting Fellows must be hosted by a member of the Southeast Asia Program faculty.
  4. Applications for affiliation with SEAP may be made for a maximum of one year at a time.

Application for appointment as a Visiting Fellow (without Cornell stipend) should be made by email to Thamora Fishel at or by hard copy mail to:

Southeast Asia Program

180 Uris Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.

Attn: Associate Director for Administration

The letter should contain dates of desired residency, a description of the research to be pursued, source of funding, number of accompanying dependents, and a current curriculum vitae. Appointments should be requested for a minimum of three months, which can begin at any time during the year, although housing arrangements are more easily made in accordance with the Cornell calendar. (Fall Term, mid-August/mid-December; Spring Term, mid-January/mid-May; Summer, mid-May/mid-August).


Facilities and Resources

Upon arrival, SEAP Visiting Fellows may use the resources of the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia, and other library facilities at Cornell. They are also invited to attend any SEAP-sponsored events of interest to them. We encourage visitors to present informal talks at Brown Bag lectures held on Thursdays during the academic year.

The George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, 640 Stewart Avenue, at the edge of campus, does have office space, on a rotating basis, for a limited number of visitors. We are unable to provide secretarial services, but Internet access is available.