In keeping with the university’s strategic priorities, St. John’s welcomes visiting scholars from around the world to undertake research, typically for a period of up to one year. The entire St. John’s community—faculty and students alike—benefits from the exceptional diversity and wealth of experiences and perspectives brought by international scholars.
Prospective visiting scholars should be faculty members and/or doctoral candidates from institutions outside the U.S., and should typically hold terminal degrees (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D.) unless they are in-progress graduate students (usually, at the ABD stage). They must also have:
Please note: Individual St. John’s college deans may set unique criteria for visiting scholars in their division, though these should not contravene the university’s overall policies. In addition, any visiting scholar who will work directly with students may need to undergo a background check. Sponsoring departments should be in contact with Human Resources with questions about appropriate work for scholars and whether a background check is necessary.
Any dedicated St. John’s faculty member may serve as a sponsor to visiting scholars or as a mentor to in-progress doctoral candidates, and will be responsible for facilitating their time at St. John’s. The basic process follows:
FOR ALL VISITING SCHOLARS
1. Prospective scholars and their St. John’s faculty sponsors/mentors work together to determine whether they would collaborate well given the intended research project.
2. John’s faculty members speak with their chairs and deans to ensure that there is appropriate support within the department and college to host the scholar.
3. If that supports exist, the prospective scholar should submit the following documents to the sponsor/mentor:
FOR SCHOOL OF EDUCATION REQUESTS
In addition to the steps above, please complete the School of Education Visiting Scholar Checklist and return to the school for review.
FOR INTERNATIONAL VISITING SCHOLARS REQUIRING A J-1 VISA SPONSORED BY ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
Most international scholars will require a J-1 visa to come to the U.S. Some scholars may have their visas sponsored by an outside entity such as the Fulbright program. In this case, scholars will receive a DS-2019 from their sponsoring entity. A DS-2019 is a U.S. immigration form that will allow the scholar to apply for a J-1 visa
If the scholar will need a J-1 visa sponsored by St. John’s University, they should submit the St. John’s DS-2019 application to ISSSO, along with all required documentation as indicated in the application form. Please note:
Once the application is received, the ISSSO team will email the scholar with complete J-1 visa application instructions, and to request any supporting information.
After the ISSSO reviews the completed application form, a member of their team will e-mail both the scholar and St. John’s faculty member once the DS-2019 form is issued and sent, a process that usually takes one week once all materials have been submitted. The ISSSO will mail the DS-2019 form via express mail and will provide the scholar with the information needed to make an appointment with a U.S. consular office to apply for a J-1 visa.
The scholar will then be responsible for contacting the ISSSO and their St. John’s faculty sponsor/mentor if and when their J-1 visa is issued.