Study in US: University of California Visiting Scholars Program for International Law and Social Science Students +Scholarship Benefits

The Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS)  of the University of California, Berkeley, USA, established in 1961, fosters research on the social, political, and intellectual influences on law and legal activity; the dynamics of legal institutions and legal processes; and the social consequences of law. The University of California, Berkeley, (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, UCB, Cal Berkeley, and California) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1868.  Berkeley is the oldest of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system and is ranked as one of the world’s leading research universities and the top public university in the United States
Closely linked to the School of Law, CSLS creates a multidisciplinary milieu with a faculty of distinguished socio-legal scholars in sociology of law, political science, criminal justice studies, law and economics, legal history, law and psychology, and legal and social philosophy, along with visiting socio-legal scholars from the United States and around the world.

Berkeley Law is able to accommodate a limited number of visiting scholars each year to engage in significant independent legal research projects. The Center for the Study of Law and Society invites applications for visiting scholars for 2018-2019.

Application Requirements:

  1. Applicants normally must possess a Ph.D. or J.D. (or foreign equivalent).
  2. Applicants must submit a full curriculum vitae.
  3. Applicants must submit a letter describing their proposed program of research or study, specifying the time period they wish to be in residence at the Center. Applicants must pursue a program of research or study which is of mutual interest to faculty members at the Center for the Study of Law and Society.
  4. Applicants must indicate their source of funding while visiting Berkeley, e.g. sabbatical pay, scholarship, government funding, personal funds, etc. Unfortunately, the Center cannot offer stipends or other financial assistance. Monthly minimum requirements for foreign exchange scholars are: $1600 per month for the J-1 scholar, $500 per month for the J-2 spouse, $200 per month for each J-2 child.
  5. Applicants must be proficient in English in order to benefit from CSLS programs.


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Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (from the United States and around the world)

Participating Institutions
Center for the Study of Law & Society (CSLS), Berkeley School of Law at University of California; USA

Fields of study
CSLS welcomes visiting scholars annually in a range of disciplines, including:

  • law,
  • political science,
  • sociology,
  • criminology,
  • history,
  • public administration and
  • communications.

Number of awards
Not specified for any year.

In recent years, CSLS has welcomed some 25 visiting scholars annually from the U.S. and many other countries. In 2011-2012, for example, 23 visiting scholars gathered at the Center from the U.S. (9), Europe (7), Middle East (1), Mexico (1) and Asia (5).

Sponsorship duration
The Center will consider applications for periods of time that vary from one month duration to the full academic year.

Scholarship benefits
Among the benefits of being a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society are:

  • library privileges at the Law School and at all campus libraries;
  • invitation to the weekly CSLS Speaker Series, workshops, and scholarly exchanges;
  • UCB campus privileges, such as athletic facilities and permission to audit classes; and,
  • when possible, assignment to shared or other office space and use of computer, internet, and other facilities.

Method of Application
Prospective scholars may apply to the program under one of two categories of visiting scholars: 1) Senior Visiting Scholars – professors, government and law professionals; 2) Visiting Researchers – Ph.D. students working under the supervision of a Berkeley Law faculty member.

The visiting scholar application process consists of three parts: 1) Law School acceptance, 2) UC Berkeley Graduate Division (VSPA) approval, and 3) Berkeley International Office approval for J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa.

Please submit your application by the deadline date below by e-mail to; OR by postal mail to: Visiting Scholars Program, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-2150.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete Admission information and other important information about this program.

The Visiting Scholars Program is one of CSLS’s most important and fruitful activities, enriching current scholarship and stimulating new research ideas in a “unique interdisciplinary and international research environment,” in the words of one recent visitor to the School.

Application Deadline: 15 November 2017
Open to International Applicants

For more inquiries about admissions and visas to study abroad, send an email or call: +2347037293057, 08125835476

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