Visiting Research Appointments

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures welcomes a limited number of qualified visitors whose academic interests intersect directly with the teaching and research activities of its members. Because faculty and students thrive on intellectual engagement with guest researchers, visitors are encouraged to participate actively in the life of the Department and the University, attending lectures, conferences, film showings and classes with permission of the instructor. Visitors may be invited to present an informal talk or seminar during the course of their stay.

Although research appointments carry no financial support of any kind, they enable a visiting researcher to obtain a Harvard identification card, which gives access to Harvard University libraries, museums, and an email address. The University provides assistance with the visa process for scholars coming from outside the U.S. Visitors are entirely responsible for obtaining funding, for making their own travel and living arrangements, and for obtaining health insurance. The Department is unable to provide office space or supplies.

Appointment as a Visiting Scholar is designed to permit scholars who have completed the Ph.D. and hold current, tenure-track appointments at other institutions to conduct research at Harvard University. Pre-doctoral or post-doctoral scholars who do not have on-going appointments elsewhere may be eligible for appointment as Fellows or Associates as appropriate.

Appointment extends for a period of no less than three months and no more than one year.

We are currently not accepting any new applications for Visiting Scholar or other affiliate appointments.  Please check back in September 2022 for updates about when we will be accepting applications again.