Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

College of Letters & Science

Honorary Fellow Program

Welcome!  Thank you for your interest in becoming an Honorary Fellow, also known as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Our department hosts individuals from other institutions to collaborate with our faculty while advancing their research.  We have hosted individuals from Nankai University, Qufu Normal University, Shanghai University, and more.

Most successful honorary fellow applicants have a Ph.D.; strong applicants with a MA will also be considered.  Our office will work with you in completing necessary University paperwork and requesting the DS-2019 for visa sponsorship; however, our office cannot provide financial support, housing, or office space. 

An Honorary Fellow does have a campus email address, library privileges, and the right to audit courses with consent of the instructor.  Honorary Fellows are expected to take an active part in the academic life of the department and the university, including delivering a lecture on the topic of their research in English.

Due to the lengthy process of requesting approval from the College of Letters & Science Dean and requesting the DS-2019, please start the process early if you are interested.  Contact faculty at least 5 months before your intended arrival in the States.

PROCESS

Application

1) Fill out the following form:  Honorary Fellow Request Form

2) Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with

3) Provide faculty member with the following documents:

  • Honorary Fellow Request form in Word or PDF document
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Proposal
  • Official copy of English proficiency scores.  Proof of English proficiency from one of the following testing institutions:  TOEFL or IELTS (required).  Minimum scores 
    • TOEFL - 65 or higher
    • IELTS - 6 or higher with no part of the test scored lower than 5

Honorary Fellows are selected based on the viability of their research plan and their fit with individual faculty and the department, and university as a whole. 

Department and College Approval

If a faculty member is interested in inviting you after reviewing your materials then the EALL Executive Committee will decide approval for the invitation.  If the Executive Committee agrees to invite you as an honorary fellow then the EALL department will make the request to the College of Letters & Science Dean for approval.  When approved, the department will notify you by email and send an invitation letter.

Visa Request

After approval, an individual from the department will be in contact with you for further financial information to begin the process of requesting the DS-2019 for your visa (can take up to six weeks for request to be completed).  For details on the financial requirements, visit the International Faculty Staff Services Office  NOTE: English proficiency test scores must be received before the visa request can be made.

Housing

Unfortunately, the EALL department cannot provide housing for you during your program stay.  You will be responsible for finding your own housing.   Campus Area Housing has great information and is a great place to start your housing search.