Visiting Scholar Application

Visiting Scholar Application

The Teachers College (TC) Visiting Scholar application must be initiated and submitted electronically through the TC Compass online system by a designated staff from the host academic department at Teachers College. 

Submitting the Visiting Scholar Application

Step 1: Prospective visiting scholars must seek a faculty member, in residence, who will be willing to serve as their faculty host. More information regarding faculty profiles can be found on the Teachers College website here

Step 2: After securing a faculty member who has agreed to serve as faculty host, prospective visiting scholars will need to communicate with a designated TC staff within the host department regarding their intent to apply. This TC staff will be the point person of contact for the prospective visiting scholar throughout the Visiting Scholar program. 

Step 3: Gather all supporting documents needed to accompany the Visiting Scholar Application (Applicant Information Form & Program Information) via TC-Compass. The designated TC staff who has been granted Departmental Access to TC-Compass will initiate and submit the Visiting Scholar Application on behalf of the prospective visiting scholar. 

Note to TC staff needing Departmental Access to TC-Compass for the Visiting Scholar Application process: Please request Departmental Access via TC-Compass here. Once granted access, you will be able to support the prospective visiting scholar in completing and submitting the application. If the TC staff has already been approved access by the OISS to TC-Compass as the Departmental User, they will be able to initiate and submit the completed Visiting Scholar Application without requesting access. 

OISS will review the completed and submitted application via TC-Compass. Notification regarding the application will be emailed within 14 business days. 

Step 4: Complete the Visiting Scholar Administrative Fee payment. Payment method information will be emailed to the applicant upon approval of Visiting Scholar status. 

Note: Foreign nationals needing J-1 visa sponsorship from TC to engage in the Visiting Scholar Program can apply for their Form DS-2019 upon recevieving notice of their visiting scholar invitation from the OISS. 

The Form DS-2019 will be mailed to the address provided on the eForm by international airmail (free of charge) or express service available for a fee (consult the eForm instructions).

Processing Time

Documents will be processed in the order in which they are received. Once the OISS receives the application and all supporting documents, it will take approxiamtely 14 business days to review and process, provided that no additional information is required.

For further information regarding the TC Visiting Scholar program and/or the J-1 DS-2019 application process for visiting scholars, please send an email to the OISS at

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