Each year the Yale Divinity School appoints as Visiting Fellows a limited number of distinguished professors, ministers, priests, or otherwise qualified professionals. Visiting Fellows should, as a minimum, have a Ph.D. and be an established scholar who has achieved senior status in his or her professional field; hold a position at another institution (university, church, foundation, government agency, company, et al.); have an outside source of salary support of at least $2500/month (plus $725 for spouse and $525/month for each child; personal funds are excluded); and have health insurance coverage. Appointment may be for up to twelve months. (Reappointment requests should be in writing to Dr. Jan Hagens and Timothee Goselin and will require completion of a new application, including an updated CV.)
Successful applicants will have clearly articulated research projects that necessitate work with specific YDS Library holdings. They must demonstrate through the application that they have the requisite skills and training to carry out the work. There should not be an expectation that Yale faculty will commit time to the VF’s project, though a working relationship might of course develop. Visiting Fellows have access to the libraries of the University to perform their research work independently, and they may audit classes with the permission of the instructor. They are not candidates for degrees and receive no academic credit. Visiting fellows are not eligible for financial aid from Yale and no stipend is available.
A non-refundable application fee of $50 should be submitted at the time of application. Upon arrival on campus, there will be a registration fee of $750 per six-month period.
U.S. Visiting Fellows – Please allow at least six weeks processing upon receipt of your application materials for approval of your application; counting from the date of initial submission, some applications take six months to reach approved status.
Foreign Visiting Fellows – The Yale Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will assist you with acquiring the appropriate U.S. visa; they will send you a DS-2019 needed for the visa application. In addition to the time frame noted above for U.S. citizens, please allow 30 days for OISS to process your DS-2019 for your visa paperwork. Some applications take more than six months to reach approved status, counting from the date of initial submission.
Information on housing can be found here.
For more information on the Visiting Fellows Program, please contact:
Dr. Jan Hagens
Director, Visiting Fellows Program