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CAPPA Visiting Scholar Program

The College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs Visiting Scholar Program provides an opportunity for scholars from around the world to further their studies supported by the resources of a growing research university. 

Visiting Scholars

The status of Visiting Scholar is granted to individuals coming to the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) to pursue their own independent research. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required to apply for Visiting Scholar affiliation. Appointments are made for a minimum of one semester and a maximum of one year.

While in residence, Visiting Scholars are required to attend school public events such as lectures and speaker series, and they may be invited to participate in seminars, colloquia, and other activities. Visiting Scholars may audit classes in compliance with university policy and with permission of the faculty member(s) teaching the classes.

Application Materials

  • A resume or curriculum vitae, including full name and contact information for the applicant
  • A research statement, consisting of a description of the proposed research and an explanation of why CAPPA is an appropriate setting for this work (maximum of 5 pages)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • The proposed length and dates of the visit
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if not a native English speaker (see the University of Texas at Arlington J-1 Scholar page for more information.)
  • Digital portfolio (optional) 

Non-US residents may be required to obtain a visa. Once accepted as a Visiting Scholar, visa information will be provided.

Application procedure:

Submit your application materials to 
Please write “Visiting Scholar Application Materials” in the subject line of the email.
The research statement and letters of recommendation may be addressed to:

Associate Dean, Research Review Committee
College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
University of Texas at Arlington

Please note that only digital application materials will be accepted.


Complete applications for a Visiting Scholar position are reviewed once a year. Applications for those who wish to arrive for an academic year (September to May) or the fall semester (September to December) must be received by January 31 of the same year.

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Please be advised that CAPPA accepts a limited number of scholars per year.

For more information and to submit application materials, contact:


Depending on country of origin, foreign individuals seeking affiliation as a Visiting Scholar may need to apply for an appropriate visa. The application process for a visa takes 12-16 weeks. We strongly encourage individuals to apply early. Please be advised that CAPPA accepts a limited number of visitors requiring visa assistance per academic year. For additional information, please visit the University of Texas at Arlington J-1 Scholar page. Please note that a successful background check result must be received by the school prior to initiating the visa process.

Because CAPPA has a limited number of spots for Visiting Scholars, only those whose research interests are beneficial to the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs will be considered.

Additional Notes

Visiting Scholars do not receive a stipend for their appointment, nor does an appointment as a Visiting Scholar imply tenure or continuation at the university. Visiting Scholars will be provided office space and wireless access while on campus, but should plan to provide for his or her own computing needs via personal laptop or personal desktop computer. Please note that privileges such as library access, ID cards, and keys will not be available until the Visiting Scholar assignment has received final approval.