Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program provides residencies for emerging practitioners and/or teachers of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and related design professions to research innovative topics advancing the disciplines of the college while supporting their professional research careers. In doing so, we aspire to establish a tradition of international scholarly exchange and academic collaboration.

The length of residencies may vary as deemed appropriate for a Scholar’s research proposal. All Scholars are assigned a working space at the College.

Scholars introduce their research at the beginning of their term and conclude with a public lecture and/or exhibition. Whenever feasible, Scholars will offer a research seminar and/or workshop and/or independent study for select students on a topic of their choice. Scholars are encouraged to participate in studio reviews, attend lectures, provide workshops, give guest lectures in classes, and contribute in other ways. Scholars are requested to prepare digital documentation of all their activities for posting online. The goal is to integrate the scholars as vibrant contributors to the academic culture of the College as much as possible during their stay within the college.

Application Procedures

All prospective Visiting Scholars, regardless of country of residence, must submit an application form and the requested supporting materials. Any inquiries are sent for initial review to the Associate Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning, who will then forward to the appropriate Departments. Contact Kyle Danforth with questions.

  • Completed Visiting Scholar Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio (if applicable)
  • Description of Research Process/Project
  • Description of why Denver is the desired location for your research
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

To apply to the College of Architecture and Planning Visiting Scholars program please complete and submit the Visiting Scholar Application. When submitting an application please submit each document individually in a pdf version.

Application Deadlines


Applications are reviewed three times a year. The application process, from acceptance as a Visiting Scholar until arrival in the U.S., often takes at least three months or longer to complete due to visa regulations. Prospective scholars should plan their application and arrival dates accordingly.

  • Fall Scholars - Prospective visiting scholars wanting to join the College of Architecture and Planning during the Fall term should submit their applications no later than April 1.
  • Spring Scholars - Prospective visiting scholars wanting to join the College of Architecture and Planning during the Spring term should submit their applications no later than September 1 of the previous year.
  • Summer Scholars - Prospective visiting scholars wanting to join the College of Architecture and Planning during the Summer term should submit their applications no later than January 1.


There is currently not an application fee associated with the Visiting Scholar application process. Prospective scholars will be expected to cover acquired Visa processing fees. Non-U.S. citizens will be required to provide proof of funding should the College of Architecture and Planning not provide direct funding during the period of their desired affiliation.

Minimum funding requirements are as follows:

  • Minimum of $2,025 per month for scholar (estimated living expenses)
  • Plus an additional $500 per month for spouse and dependents
  • Federal regulations require that all J-1 participants and their dependents have adequate medical insurance coverage which provides:
    • $50,000 of coverage per accident or illness, which may include a deductible of up to $500 and up to 25% co-insurance provision;
    • $7,500 for repatriation of remains; and
    • $10,000 for emergency evacuation back to your country. Failure to maintain insurance coverage will result in termination of your J-1 status

Funding may come from the Scholar’s home institution or a fellowship awarded by the applicant’s home government or a recognized organization, or a scholar’s personal funds. A letter of support that details the amount of funding provided will be required

Language Proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency for all J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver will be required. Submission of IELTS/TOEFL Scores, verification from an academic institution or English language school, or a performed interview by a proficient English speaker will be required to prove language proficiency.