Visiting Scholar Application

Becoming a Visiting Scholar

Below are the steps to be followed in order to become a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College:


  • 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
  • After accepting the offer from a faculty host at Teachers College, your host department will initiate the Visiting Scholar Application via TC-Compass.
  • Once your application has been submitted and approved via TC-Compass, you will recieve a Teachers College Visiting Scholar Invitation Letter

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. 


  • Schedule an orientation session with the Office of International Students and Scholars within 15 days of the start of the visiting scholar start date. 

Submitting the Visiting Scholar Application

Step 1: 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 to the Visiting Scholar program. This TC staff will be the point person of contact for the prospective visiting scholar throughout the Visiting Scholar program. 

Step 2: Gather all supporting documents needed to accompany the Visiting Scholar Application 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. After the TC staff initiates the application process, you will receive an email with TC-Compas login information to complete the following forms:

  • Applicant Information Form
  • Program Information

Step 3: Complete the Visiting Scholar Administrative Fee payment. Payment method information will be emailed to the applicant upon submission of the Visiting Scholar Application. 

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

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. 

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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