Visiting Scholars Program

The Faculty of Education welcomes national and international scholars from a variety of scholarly areas to join us as visiting scholars. Visiting scholars are professionals who come to the Faculty to research and learn with faculty members for one year or shorter. They usually have an academic or equivalent position in their home institutions and are interested in promoting the collaboration between the Faculty of Education and their home institutions. There is no stipend for the position. Visiting Scholars will be responsible to arrange OHIP coverage based on the provincial regulations. This document outlines the policy and application procedure for our visiting scholar program.


The applicant should:

  • Hold a full time permanent academic position at the university level
  • Demonstrate a clear research interest and agenda
  • Have a host faculty member
  • Have English language proficiency for academic purposes (able to work in English with faculty colleagues and with graduate students; able to give oral presentations in English)
  • Cover the costs associated with Immigration Canada work permit (in 2017 this fee is $231)


The visiting scholar will be issued a Visiting Scholar Card. The following privileges are available on presentation of the Visiting Scholar Card:

  • Use of the University libraries
  • Visits to lectures, classes, workshops and seminars, subject to the consent of the instructor or facilitator
  • The right to purchase tickets to athletic events and gymnasium facilities
  • Office space, when available
  • Access to internet, telephone, fax, and photocopying services (fees may apply to long distance calls)


Visiting scholars are expected to:

  • Collaborate with faculty members and graduate students on scholarly activities
  • Give one presentation per term at the Faculty
  • Actively promote collaboration between Faculty of Education and their home institutions
  • The Visiting Scholar is expected to stay for roughly 1 year

Application Documents

  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vita
  • Statement of interest with identification of a host faculty member and outline of collaboration
  • Declaration of financial independence

Application Procedure

If you are interested in becoming a visiting scholar with the Faculty of Education & Academic Development, please send your application or inquiry directly to a faculty member you are interested in working with. Information about our faculty members can be found here.

Decision procedure (Internal information only)

The selection of visiting scholars goes through the following steps:

  • Faculty member indicates interest in hosting the applicant to the Associate Dean
  • Associate Dean brings it to the Research Committee for discussion
  • The Research Committee makes recommendations to the Dean's Office
  • The Dean's Office approves the recommendation and then the request is forwarded to the Provost's Office
  • The host faculty member is required to submit the following signed documents to the Provost's Office:
    • Request for Research or Post Doc Appointment (RA) Form
    • Confidentiality Agreement
    • Copy of Appointee's CV
  • Host faculty members should note that they are undertaking a legal obligation. Citizenship and Immigration Canada requires that the 'employer' (the faculty host): be actively engaged in the business in respect of which the offer of employment is made and understand that (they) must remian so during the period of employment for which the work permit is issued to the foreign national."  This means that the host faculty member should not take any leave or sabbatical that will absent them from the university for an extended period of time unless they have arranged for another faculty member to take on the formal responsibility of host.