Visiting Scholar / Researcher (VR)

A visiting researcher (VR) is a scholar in possession of a doctorate or equivalent qualification who applies to come to Princeton for no less than one month and no longer than two consecutive semesters to work with a specified Princeton faculty member on a research project that grows out of a specific collaboration or mutual research interest.

The History Department is authorized to host a limited number of visiting researchers each year. If you are interested in applying to become a VR in History or History of Science please contact the Department Manager, Judith L. Hanson.

Required Documents

  • VR form

  • C.V.

  • Proof of financial support at the level required by Princeton

  • Statement of academic interest, including an explanation of which specific Princeton resources are necessary for you to conduct this research. The statement should not exceed 1000 words.

You will also be expected to initiate contact with the Princeton faculty member with whom you propose to work. That person will need to submit a brief evaluation form and a letter of invitation on your behalf directly to the department.

Prospective VRs are encouraged to consider carefully the length of time required to do their work while visiting Princeton. Scholars who propose to visit for a period of time exceeding what is necessary to conduct the proposed research may be asked to shorten their proposed dates of stay.


All materials must be submitted to the Department Manager. Proposals will be evaluated by the department and approved VRs will be notified of the outcome. Please bear in mind that there is a very limited number of places annually, and that submission of an application is no guarantee of success. If accepted, however, the researcher will then need to submit the formal application and financial documentation to the department as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for processing of the formal application and visa paperwork.