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Visiting Scholars

The Department of Architecture welcomes visiting faculty and postdoctoral fellows from across the U.S. and around the world through the University of Washington Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Scholar programs. The department hosts a limited number of faculty/postdoctoral visitors each year for up to 12 months.

Prospective visitors are asked to read the following information carefully and consult both the links that are provided and the departmental website for faculty and research profiles.

Program Details

Visiting scholars are welcome at all departmental colloquia and department events. Visiting scholars may audit courses with the permission of the instructor. They are also encouraged to enrich the departmental community in other ways, such as by participating in graduate seminars, collaborating on research projects and symposia, and inviting members of the departmental community to their home institutions.

Application and Selection Process

In selecting Visiting Scholars each year, the primary criteria are related to collaborative opportunities between the research interests of the prospective visitor and a faculty member in the department. Prospective visitors need to secure at least one faculty “sponsor,” that is, a faculty member whose research interests align with theirs and who supports their application to visit the department. The faculty sponsor will serve as the direct liaison and host to the university and region.

If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Scholar or Postdoctoral scholar, please reach out to a faculty member whom you would like to work with, and who would be willing to support your research while at the University of Washington. Visit our Faculty Page to learn more about our faculty members.

The Architecture Department receives a large number of applications from prospective visitors each year. Department decisions on Visiting Scholar applications are determined on a quarterly basis. To be considered, applicants must meet all University requirements and provide Department Program Manager Shanna Sukol with the following materials:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Statement of research intent with a description of why our department is a good fit for these pursuits
  3. Identification of sponsoring faculty member
  4. Anticipated arrival and departure dates (months/year(s))

Prospective visitors should note that the Department does not provide financial support, telephone or computer facilities, or office space to Visiting Scholars. Visitors are required to cover their own expenses in all respects in addition to the listed fees.


  • Visiting Scholar Fee: $250 per month for duration of visit
  • UW DS2019 Form Fee: approximately $562 per person, $105 amendment fee to reissue (for date changes, etc.).
  • SEVIS Database Fee: approximately $220
  • Visa Fee: approximately $185 for a J-1 visa

(Fees subject to change.)

The total amount of fees will be paid directly to the host department upon arrival of the Visiting Scholar.

Requirements pertaining to financial and insurance matters can be found at these two University of Washington websites:

Funding for J-1 Exchange Visitors

J-1 Insurance Requirements

Prospective Visiting Scholars should inquire 6-12 months in advance of the time of their anticipated visit.