We welcome visiting academics, researchers, graduate students, fellows and postdoctoral scholars. In all cases, however, our policy requires that
(1) the visitor's research interests engage with research of members of our faculty so interaction can occur; and
(2) the potential visitor obtain the support of a faculty sponsor.
You will need to clearly spell out the details of your proposed research in your correspondence with any faculty member you approach for sponsorship. For a list of faculty research interests, consult Areas of Study.
Please keep in mind that preference is given to visitors who are either known personally by the sponsor or who provide a reference from a faculty colleague known by one of our faculty. Also, we cannot guarantee you will find a sponsor as our faculty already have many important commitments.
What We DO Offer:
Access to all nine (9) UC San Diego Libraries
E-Mail account (optional)
Participation in academic activities including Colloquium Series and various conferences/seminars
UC San Diego is nearby (driving distance) to these other University of California (UC) campuses:
What We DO NOT Offer:
Funding: The department will not provide funding; you must be able to provide 100% of funds needed for your visit: research, housing, personal expenses, etc.
Health Insurance: You must be responsible for meeting health insurance requirements and paying 100% of your health insurance premiums.
Office Miscellanea: We will not provide telephones, computers or printers (nor access to those facilities in our department), photocopying services, postage, office equipment, administrative services or office supplies.
Office Space: Due to limited resources, we cannot provide visitors with office space.
If you have been successful in securing a sponsor, please contact the appropriate staff member - Debbie Ambrose for Visiting Scholars/Researchers or Catherine Asmann for Visiting Graduate Students/Fellows or Postdocs - who will work with you to establish your visiting status.
Visiting Scholars/Researchers should complete the following forms and return them to Debbie Ambrose via pdf:
Visiting Scholar Enrollment Form: Please make sure to complete all the information you can including your citizenship status and birth date.
Current Curriculum Vitae
UC Patent Acknowledgement Form: Please only fill out the ‘Patent Agreement' section, not the ‘Oath.' Our department representative will sign and date as the "Witness."
Form B: Scholar Information Sheet - Please complete.
Proof of Health Insurance, or a copy of the completed UCSD International Center Form C: Health Insurance Memorandum of Understanding
Visiting Graduate Students (non-UC)
A Visiting Graduate Student (VGS) at UCSD is a pre-doctoral graduate student registered at an educational institution outside of the University of California system pursuing research related to their degree program. Prior to the visitor's arrival, the appointment must be approved by a faculty sponsor, the department chair or organized research unit (ORU) director, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.
VGS Appointment Form (salaried and non-salaried appointees)
UC Patent Acknowledgement Form (non-salaried only): Please only fill out the ‘Patent Agreement' section, not the ‘Oath.' Our department representative will sign and date as the "Witness."
Current Curriculum Vitae
Proof of Registration (i.e.copy of current transcript or letter from home institution) as a graduate student (PhD, Masters, or MD)
In addition to the requirements above, International Visitors have additional pre-requirements. Please see the International Center's visiting Short-Term International Visitors website for procedures, an overview and a listing of what is required before entering the country. You will need to work directly with either Debbie Ambrose (Visiting Scholars/Researchers) or Catherine Asmann (Visiting Graduate Students/Fellows or Postdocs) to prepare the appointment and visa paperwork.
As with Visiting Scholars, Postdoctoral Scholar appointments require that your research interests engage with research of members of our faculty so interaction can occur; and you obtain the support of a faculty sponsor.
For information on Postdoctoral Scholars at UCSD, visit the Research Affairs's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website. Postdoctoral Scholars should complete the following forms and return them to Catherine Asmann via pdf:
Postdoctoral Scholar Appointment Form: Please only complete the top portion; staff will complete the remainder of the form.
Proof of Degree
Proof of Funding Source (for Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow and Paid Direct)
Once an appointment has been established, the following information is provided to assist you with establishing yourself on campus and preparing for your visit:
ID Card: You will want to have a UCSD identification card (at a cost to you of $10) which will allow you access to the libraries. Make an appointment with Susan Winchester in H&SS 7066 to complete the ID card form.
Electronic Mail: If you have a laptop computer, you may bring your UCSD ID and your letter of appointment to ACT/ACMS to establish an account. Contact info: http://blink.ucsd.edu/technology/email/tasks/get-address.html; phone: (858) 534-1853 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; location: Applied Physics & Mathematics building (AP&M), Room 1313 (map) weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Library: With your ID card you will be allowed accessed to all nine (9) of the UC San Diego Libraries. A $100 "unreturned book" deposit is required [see Susan Winchester] which will be refunded to you after your library books have been returned at the end of your stay.
Parking: With an appointment letter, you have the option to purchase a parking permit for campus spaces. Visit the Parking & Transportation site for details.
Temporary Housing: UC San Diego does not offer on-campus housing. For off-campus housing options, the best starting place would be a review of UCSD's Off Campus Housing. Other avenues you might want to explore are:
Other Resources: Visitor Guide to UC San Diego includes sections on "Getting to Know UCSD", "Dining", and "Campus Resources".