Visiting Scholars

Current Visiting Scholars:

(coming soon)

Guidelines for prospective Visiting Scholars:

(This page is in the process of being updated. The information provided may not be current.)

The Center hosts fellows from the Middle East, thereby enriching its scholarly program. Many of these scholars-in-residence collaborate with UA faculty on research projects. They also work with students and frequently lecture to classes and community groups. In the past, CMES has hosted visitors from Algeria, Jordan, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

Visiting Scholar Affiliation 
The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) offers Visiting Scholar affiliation to scholars and professionals whose research and career interests intersect with the Center’s mission to further understanding and knowledge of the Middle East through education, faculty and student support, and community outreach. These affiliations with CMES are available based on the applicants' qualifications and subject to review by the CMES Governing Board. Affiliation will normally be for one semester to one year, but not to exceed two years.

If interested in applying for a Visiting Scholar affiliation, please note the following procedures:

Eligibility & Application Procedures, approved by the CMES Governing Board on February 27, 2002

A prospective Visiting Scholar is required to have at least one of the following:

1. A doctorate or its equivalent from a recognized university
2. Association with the diplomatic corps
3. Broad professional experience in the Middle East

Applications for Visiting Scholar affiliation will be reviewed and are subject to approval by the CMES Governing Board, to which all application letters should be addressed.

To apply for CMES Visiting Scholar affiliation, please provide the following:

1. Curriculum vitae or resume summarizing academic/professional history; and
2. Cover letter addressed to the CMES director indicating: 1) relevance of applicant's background to the Center's mission and reasons for the proposed affiliation; 2) proposed Center-related activities to be undertaken while a CMES Visiting Scholar (e.g., research) and the nature and source of any resources (e.g., computer, video equipment) required for these activities; and 3) proposed duration of the requested affiliation.

Send application materials to:
Dr. Anne H. Betteridge, Director
The University of Arizona
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
845 N. Park Ave, #470
Tucson, AZ 85721

Period of Tenure
Visiting Scholar status is granted for periods of one semester to one year (exceptions for one or two month appointments may be granted). Extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis and are not automatic. Extensions must be requested in writing at least three months prior to the end of the current appointment. The title of CMES Visiting Scholar may be used by the Visiting Scholar during the time of his or her official affiliation. Each Visiting Scholar will be requested to give a lecture on his or her research.

Financial Support
Visiting Scholars must provide their own funding either through grants, sabbatical salaries, Fulbright awards, or personal funds. The University of Arizona requires Visiting Scholars to have verifiable funding of at least US $1,000 per month for individual expenses; $400 per month for each dependent.

Visa Status
For scholars who require the DS-2019 form to obtain a J-1 visa, the Center will require written proof of financial support (e.g., letter from institution, bank account records), the scholar's full name, date and place of birth; and similar information for any accompanying family members. This information is required before the Center and the UA Office of International Faculty & Scholars prepare and process the DS-2019 form. All Visiting Scholars holding the J-1 visa must maintain health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents. Listed below are the general provisions required for minimum coverage

Proof of Coverage
All J-1 Exchange Visitors must prove health insurance coverage upon arrival at the University of Arizona. Visiting Scholars will not be able to begin their affiliation here until they show evidence of having purchased the appropriate insurance coverage. Visiting Scholars may purchase medical evacuation and repatriation insurance through UA Campus Health Services or by providing proof of self-insurance. Campus Health Services' telephone: (520) 621-6486. Visitors are also required to have a TB test at Campus Health Services.

General Provisions
* Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness;
* A co-payment not greater than 25% of the covered benefits per accident or illness;
* A deductible not greater than $500 per accident or illness:
* A waiting period for pre-existing conditions that is reasonable by current industry standards;
* Coverage for activities inherent to the exchange program.
Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Provisions
* Coverage limits for expenses associate with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country must amount to not less than $10,000.
* Coverage limits for repatriation of remains must amount to not less than $7,500 in coverage.

Visiting Scholars have the following privileges:

* UA ID card
* Borrowing privileges at UA libraries
* UA e-mail account available
* Class and seminar privileges (A CMES Visiting Scholar may sit in on undergraduate and graduate level courses without having to pay UA auditing fees, IF the instructor is amenable to and approves of the Visiting Scholar's attendance and participation in the course.)
* Laboratory and other space privileges to the extent available
* Purchase of parking permits and Artist Series tickets at faculty rates

Computer Facilities
Computer access for Visiting Scholars can be arranged.

Recently arrived scholars can have mail directed to the Center on a temporary basis.


For more information about CMES Visiting Scholar affiliation, please contact us via email

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