Affiliation Distinctions

CMES offers three affiliation categories for Visiting Researchers: Visiting Scholar, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, and Visiting Fellow. If you would like to apply to the program, please review the affiliation descriptions below. Please be sure to read about the Application Process before beginning your application.

Please note: CMES visiting researcher positions are unpaid academic appointments and are made for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 12 months.

Visiting Scholar
Eligible applicants are ordinarily ladder faculty members from another institution on paid leave to carry out her/his own work in association with one or more CMES faculty sponsors. Individuals may hold this annual appointment for no more than two consecutive years, pending renewal by the CMES Steering Committee. Part-time appointments or non-consecutive appointments for a fraction of a year will ordinarily count as a one-year appointment in determining eligibility for renewal.

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
A person who has received her/his doctoral degree within the last three years is eligible to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship to continue her/his studies under the general supervision of one or more CMES faculty sponsors. Individuals may hold this annual appointment for no more than two consecutive years, pending renewal by the CMES Steering Committee. Part-time appointments or non-consecutive appointments for a fraction of a year will ordinarily count as a one-year appointment in determining eligibility for renewal.

Visiting Fellow
CMES holds a very small number of Visiting Researcher positions for Visiting Fellows. Generally, persons holding a doctoral degree (or its equivalent), or those with comparable professional experience, may apply for Visiting Fellow status. This status is also open to advanced doctoral candidates who have completed all required course work and would like to pursue dissertation research at Harvard. The appointment is made to enable the nominee to engage in individual research opportunities under the general supervision of one or more CMES faculty sponsors. Individuals may hold this annual appointment for no more than two consecutive years, pending renewal by the CMES Steering Committee. Part-time appointments or non-consecutive appointments for a fraction of a year will ordinarily count as a one-year appointment in determining eligibility for renewal.

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GSAS Special Student Status

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) arranges Special Student status to those who apply and are qualified. Special Students bring a broad range of experience and backgrounds to Harvard and their reasons for participating are similarly varied. Some students wish to strengthen their academic background before applying to graduate degree programs; others wish to change the focus of their studies and choose Special Student status as an opportunity to explore new disciplines. Special Student status is also appropriate for individuals seeking personal enrichment or career advancement.

Special Student Status is arranged through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Special Student Program, not CMES. For further information and to apply, please consult the GSAS Special Students Program site.