Visiting Scholars

Each year, the Stern School of Business invites outstanding doctoral students from distinguished universities abroad to engage in research and scholarly interaction at Stern for one or two semesters. Visiting Scholar PhD students are provided with an NYU ID card, library and data access, and the opportunity to sit in on PhD classes with the instructors’ permission. Students will also benefit from participation in a wide range of seminars and from interaction with a large group of fellow doctoral students.  A desk may be provided if one is available, but it is not guaranteed.  Visiting scholars are not provided with housing or housing services.  Visiting scholars are not permitted to function as employees at NYU.

The Doctoral Program

The Stern School offers doctoral studies in the following areas: 

Accounting Information Systems Operations Management
Economics Management Statistics
Finance Marketing  

For further information on the research taking place and courses being offered in each area, please see the related links under the Fields of Study.

Who May Apply

The PhD Visiting Scholars program is intended for current PhD students who are sufficiently proficient in their disciplines to engage in scholarly interaction that would benefit both Stern as well as the visiting scholar. As such, applicants must be doctoral students who are near the end of their required coursework or in the dissertation phase.


Visiting Scholar PhD students are charged a $8,000 fee per semester. In addition, in order for NYU to provide a visa, they must certify that they have health insurance and adequate financial support for the duration of their stay. Financial support can be from external sources, such as the student’s home university or government, or from personal or family savings. PhD Visiting Scholars must make payment to the NYU Stern Doctoral Office prior to arrival.

Newly appointed scholars must pay a $100 fee to the Department of Homeland Security before a J-1 visa may be issued or a change to such status granted. A J-1 exchange visitor will be required to pay only one fee for the duration of the program.

This program and its requirements and procedures are subject to change without notice.

Application Procedure

In order to apply to be a PhD Visiting Scholar, students must first find a Stern faculty sponsor. A faculty sponsor should be a research professor who is interested in your research and is available to work with you. A directory of Stern faculty along with a description of their research interests and contact information can be found in the Faculty and Research pages.

To be considered, applicants must complete and submit our online application:

Once accepted, students will be advised on the J-1 visa application process and will need to provide documentation of sufficient funding.

Interested students should apply at least four months prior to the start of their intended visit.

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