Visiting Researchers

From time to time, outside faculty, scholars, and researchers are invited by the School of Theology (STH) faculty to serve as visiting researchers. This appointment requires that a full-time STH faculty member be willing to serve as “host” for the visiting researcher, though interested persons should not contact our faculty first. The invitation and appointment is made through the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Bryan Stone ( Persons interested in seeking a visiting researcher appointment should be in direct contact with Dean Stone.

He will work to secure a faculty host if one is needed.

Visiting researchers pay a fee of $1,000 for an academic year. In cases where the length of stay will be less than a full academic year, the fee is $500 per semester or any part thereof. Most visitors are supported by funding sources in their home countries or through sabbatical leave salaries from their home institutions. Visiting researchers are provided free access to the BU library system (excluding inter-library loan) and to the BU internet. No financial aid, stipends, offices, or housing are available for visiting scholars. Visiting researchers may audit School of Theology classes (and only STH classes) with permission of the instructor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

International scholars whom we invite to visit will be provided with information about visas and other important details. They will also be asked to supply financial documentation to support their visa applications. Such documents must be originals, in English, which certify financial ability in terms of U.S. dollars. In most cases, visiting researchers from outside the US will fall under the J1 Scholar classification. For more information pertaining to visas, including J1 financial requirements, please see the website of our International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO).

Given the general cost of living in the Boston area, prospective visitors should carefully plan their short-term housing and other living expenses. Some general information about Boston’s various neighborhoods can be found at Boston University’s Get to Know Your Neighborhood guide and on the ISSO website.