The Center for the Study of Europe receives a large number of inquiries about visiting researcher opportunities, but invites only a limited number of scholars to be in residence at any given time. In reviewing the inquiries, we take into account each prospective visitor’s educational and experiential background, scholarly and professional achievements, area of academic interest, specific research proposal, institutional affiliations and English language skills, as well as the availability and interest of a European Studies faculty member to supervise or collaborate in the proposed research project or otherwise mentor the prospective visitor.

Prospective visitors are encouraged to initiate contacts with appropriate faculty members to try to arrange for a suitable relationship. The relationship between a visiting scholar and a faculty mentor can range from close collaboration to casual oversight. It is important that the nature and scope of the relationship, as well as the specifics of the prospective visitor’s research project, be worked out by the two before we take final action on the application.

Interested prospective visitors should send the following materials to the director of the Center for the Study of Europe at the address indicated below:

  • A résumé or curriculum vitae
  • A description of the proposed research, including a statement explaining why the Center for the Study of Europe is an appropriate setting for the work
  • The name of the faculty member(s) whom the prospective visitor proposes to serve as his or her mentor. (A prospective visitor who has received the agreement of a faculty member to serve as mentor should provide a letter from the faculty member indicating his or her willingness to do so.)
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic colleague or supervisor
  • The proposed length and dates of the visit
  • If the prospective visitor is interested in observing a particular course or courses, a statement indicating the course(s) and the reasons for the interest
  • Prospective visitors whose native language is not English should describe their experience and training in English and the degree of their proficiency with the English language. English proficiency is a significant factor in granting invitations. TOEFL and academic records may also be requested.

Although we welcome visiting researcher applications at any time, individuals who wish to visit in the fall term, which begins at the end of August, are encouraged to commence the application process early enough so that their applications can be completed prior to March 1. In all cases, applications should be completed no later than six months prior to the proposed visit.

All inquiries, applications, and supporting materials should be addressed by email to: eamrien@bu.edu