Research Appointments Procedure

The Department of History of Art and Architecture welcomes each year a limited number of qualified visitors whose academic interests intersect directly with the teaching and research activities of the Department's Faculty members. Because the Department’s 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 screenings, and classes with permission of the instructor. Visitors may be invited to present an informal talk or seminar during the course of their stay. English language proficiency is assumed and will be verified by the Faculty host.

Although these visiting appointments carry no financial support of any kind, visitors are provided with a Harvard e-mail address and identification card, which gives them access to Harvard College libraries and museums. The University provides assistance with the visa process for scholars coming from outside the United States. Visitors are entirely responsible for obtaining their own funding, for making their own travel and living arrangements, and for obtaining health insurance. The Department is unable to provide office space, supplies, or research support.

There are three types of visitors:

1.    Visiting Scholar: Ph.D. not required, but usually in hand. The Visiting Scholar appointment enables individuals, ordinarily ladder Faculty members on paid leave from another institution (tenured or tenure-track), to carry out their own work in association with a member of the Harvard Faculty.

2.    Fellow:
for individuals who have recently received the Ph.D. or are currently in the final years of a doctoral degree program. The Fellow appointment affords advanced graduate students and recent Ph.D.s in the early years of their career opportunities for individual research under the guidance of a Department Faculty member.

3.    Associates: generally for alumni of the department or other individuals with a need for department affiliation. 

The department gives preference for appointments of 12 months’ duration; with rare exception, Visiting Scholars are not accepted for less than 6 months, and the absolute minimum is three months. Extensions to the initial appointment are granted only very rarely.

How to Apply
Acceptance as a visitor is competitive; the department can accommodate only a handful of individuals at any one time.  Applications (collected and submitted by the Faculty sponsor) should include the following (all materials must be in English):

1.    current curriculum vitae
2.    brief description (1-2 pages) of research project
3.    appointment information form (see below)
4.    letter from the HAA faculty member who has agreed to sponsor the visit

Applications for the academic year 2017-2018 are due January 15, 2017, for review first by the Department’s Visiting Scholars Committee and then by the full Department at its February 2017 department meeting.  The Department is fully aware that many fellowship applications require a formal letter of invitation, but cannot make exceptions to its application schedule. We urge visiting scholars/fellows to plan accordingly.  The formal letter of invitation (sample below) is sent after approval by the department.

The material above should be sent by email to Deanna Dalrymple, Department Administrator (



The following information is required to process an appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.


Full Legal Name (as it appears in your passport or driver’s license)



Full Home Address and telephone, including postal code, (P.O. Box not sufficient)




Current Affiliation (your title and the name of the university/organization)



Previous Harvard Employment or Affiliation, if any. Include beginning and end dates.


Harvard ID #, if previously at Harvard                 Social Security  #  if you have one.



Are you a US Citizen or Permanent Resident?     ____ Yes    ___ No

If not, will you need a visa? ___ yes    ___ no


(As the regulations permit, the Harvard International Office will assist you in the process of obtaining temporary visa status.  We are obligated to mention, however, that any appointment at Harvard is contingent upon obtaining appropriate visa status and that the government is the final arbiter of all immigration related cases. We use an online visa document process.  If you indicate above that you will need a visa, you will be contacted by email with instructions.   For this process, you will need to provide official documentation showing funds available to you for the period of your visit. Please send that to Deanna Dalrymple at your earliest convenience (by email if possible to save time).


Date of Birth (month/day/year)


Project while at Harvard:


Faculty member at Harvard who will sponsor your visit:


Dates of appointment: 


Please attach a CV.