Visiting Student Research Collaborators (VSRC)

A program for an advanced degree candidate from another institution who comes to work with a specific faculty member on a collaboration or mutual research project. If a Princeton faculty sponsor has not been arranged, prospective applicants should first reach out to the Graduate Program Administrator of the department to which they intend to apply for assistance. Department contacts can be found on our Fields of Study pages.

Application Deadline: Three months prior to intended start date - see chart
Program Length: One to twelve months
Application Fee: None

Application Requirements

  • Completed application submitted to Graduate Admission
  • Copy of your current passport (name page only)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement describing your research project
  • Statement by sponsoring Princeton faculty member, which includes: a concise description of the research collaboration, duration of proposed stay, support and department account number to charge (if any), and co-signature of the department chair or program director
  • Statement by applicant's home institution adviser that includes: confirmation of applicant's enrolled graduate student status, nature of collaborative work, and its relevance to the student's academic and scholarly progress
  • Evidence of sufficient financial resources in English and U.S. dollars
    • Language translations and currency conversions are accepted
    • Bank statements and scholarship letters must include name
      • VSRCs receiving funding from the China Scholarship Council will need to provide additional funding along with scholarship letter

The Davis International Center reserves the right to request original documents.

Please refer to the financial requirements to determine the amount of funding required per month. 

The completed online application and all other application requirements may be submitted as early as six months before the intended start date, and are due no later than three months prior to your intended start date. For your convenience, please see this chart detailing application material deadlines. If your application is submitted after the application deadline, we will reach out to you to select dates of stay that fall within guidelines. Any documents that are not submitted electronically with the online application should be emailed in PDF format to to be added to your application. If any items are missing you will be notified. Completed applications will be processed and upon approval you will be emailed your offer of admission.

Intended dates of stay must start on the first day of the month and end on the last day of the month.

The Davis International Center will issue a visa eligibility document (I-20 for F-1 students or DS-2019 for J-1 students) to those applicants requiring them only after the Graduate School has admitted an individual as a VSRC and a VSRC accepts admission. To receive an I-20/DS2019, you MUST make arrangements for express mail via eShipGlobal. Please make arrangements as soon as you accept your admission.
If you indicate in the application form that you are a foreign citizen, a non-U.S. permanent resident, or currently outside the U.S., you will be issued a visa eligibility document that you will use to apply for an F-1/J-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate and to enter the U.S. Individuals entering the U.S. with a B-1 or B-2 visa stamp, or with a WT (waiver-tourist) or WB (waiver-business) I-94 cannot hold student status in the U.S.; therefore, these individuals will not be permitted to conduct research or receive any other VSRC benefits at Princeton.
If you are in the U.S. in student visa status studying at another school, you should check with your International Student Office to see if you may be a VSRC at Princeton and remain on that school's immigration documents.
If you are in the U.S. in a visa status other than F-1 or J-1, you should contact the Davis International Center to determine what immigration procedures, if any, you will need to follow to enroll as a VSRC. If you are in an immigration status that does not allow you to be a student in the U.S., please be aware that changing to F-1/J-1 student status could delay your VSRC start date.