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Those interested in visiting should apply at least five months before they intend to visit, because of the length of time it can sometimes take for visa paperwork to be processed.

To apply, please submit:

  • A statement of objectives and outline of a research plan, not to exceed 500 words.
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume, including publication record.
  • The specific dates of the intended visit (mm/dd/yyyy).
  • Two letters of recommendation from those qualified to speak to scholarly and academic achievements.
  • The sources and amounts of funding (upon acceptance as a research scholar, for the final stage of the visa process, this documentation has to be the original, signed document), either mailed directly to UNC Law or uploaded via our Secure Document Upload.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, TOEFL scores of at least 560 on the paper test and 220 on the computer test are required.
  • A list of any and all family members who may accompany the visiting scholar and a photocopy of the visiting research scholar's passport photo page and each traveler's passport photo page.
  • Fill out and returnVisiting Scholar Agreement form (PDF).
  • DS-2019 II - Personal Information Form
  • Fill out and return Release of Liability form (PDF).

Fee for Visiting Scholars and Researchers

The fee for Visiting Scholars and Visiting Researchers is $5,000 per semester ($10,000 for the academic year). The fee is to be paid upon arrival, not before. In cases where the length of stay is known from the start that it will be significantly less than a semester or year, the fee will be pro-rated. There is no additional charge for the summer months period following the spring semester or if the research scholar comes during the summer preceding the academic fall semester.

Accommodation for Research scholars

Visiting Research Scholars at UNC School of Law are responsible for arranging their own housing accommodations while at UNC. They are not eligible for university housing, which is only available to enrolled students. However, there are many apartments for rent in Chapel Hill and Carrboro on the bus route or within walking distance from the law school.  The Daily Tar Heel (UNC's student-run newspaper) also maintains Carolina's Finest Guide to Off-Campus Housing.

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106

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