Visiting Scholars

SLAT welcomes the breadth of knowledge that our Visiting Scholars bring to our program. 

Thank you for your interest in joining SLAT as a Visiting Scholar! SLAT accepts applications of Visiting Scholars year-round, with the preference of having scholars join us in August each year so they may participate in the SLAT Proseminar. We invite visiting scholars who already hold a Ph.D or who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at another university to apply to SLAT as a Visiting Scholar.

A research scholar is an individual primarily conducting research, observing, or consulting in connection with a research project at The University of Arizona.

For those Visiting Scholars who already hold an M.A. degree or who are currently enrolled in an M.A program, they should apply to our SLAT-CESL Visiting Scholar program.

For scholars who already hold a Ph.D. or who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D program at another university, SLAT would like to effectively determine how closely your research interests align with our program’s mission. Therefore, we ask that you provide us with some information about the project you’ll be working on while you are here in Tucson. In particular, we would like to know which faculty member you would like to work with. Please see our faculty list to make contact with a SLAT faculty member to discuss collaboration. Please note that The University of Arizona, the SLAT program, and the faculty host cannot provide funding for Visiting Scholars. All Visiting Scholars must provide their own funding while at The University of Arizona.  Please see below for information about funding requirements for J-1 Research Scholars.

Once you’ve identified and corresponded with a faculty sponsor, please submit a brief proposal (no more than 150 words) identifying the faculty member with whom you have been in contact with, and the activities and research you plan to undertake as a Visiting Scholar while at The University of Arizona. Please submit your proposal to Be sure to include a statement of your long-term goals and how your visit to SLAT will support your work. Please also request that your faculty mentor sends an email to confirming that they endorse your status as a Visiting Scholar with SLAT at the University of Arizona. Once we receive your proposal, we will assess your fit with SLAT and initiate the visa application process. You will not need to complete any additional application procedures.

SLAT receives many requests for visiting scholars who hold M.A. degrees or who are currently enrolled in a M.A. program, and are actively involved in teaching and research at their home institutions. For those scholars, we encourage you to apply to the SLAT-CESL visiting scholar program. An inquiry form and more information can be found at: You will also be required to have a SLAT faculty sponsor and research proposal. SLAT-CESL Visiting Scholars enjoy all the privileges of Ph.D. Visiting Scholars while participating in the SLAT-CESL Visiting Scholar program. 

If you have additional questions, please email us at

To see our current visiting scholars, explore the Current Visiting Scholars Webpage.