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Visiting International Scholar Program


Completed form, current vitae, and any additional materials must be submitted by March 15.

Application Form
[Format: WORD or PDF]

The University of Minnesota regards the presence of international visiting scholars as being of strategic importance to fostering international education and the internationalization of the institution.

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) has a long history of hosting international scholars whose goals are consistent with the research mission and available resources of the Department, College of Education and Human Development, and the University. An alignment of interests between a visiting scholar and the Department contributes to the richness of the experience for the visiting scholar as well as providing valuable contributions to the intellectual life of department faculty, staff and students.

Origins of Contacts

International scholars often come to the attention of the Department in a number of ways:

  1. Through collaborative research projects with an OLPD faculty member.
  2. Through prior knowledge of individual faculty members and/or the reputation of the Department.
  3. Through referral from national or international funding agencies, foundations, Fulbright commissions, IREX, foreign universities, foreign embassies or other reputable national and international organizations.

Length of Stay

Visiting scholars may visit the Department for up to one academic year. Most OLPD faculty are not available to work with visiting scholars during the summer months. It is important that an early understanding be established about the proposed length of stay. The anticipated length of stay may determine the kind of visa under which the scholar will be eligible to enter the U.S. (For visa information please contact the International Student and Scholar Services office at

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) currently accepts only visiting scholars with a completed doctorate degree or equivalent, unless there are compelling reasons to make an exception. Such an exception must be approved by the department chair.

All visiting scholar applicants need to complete the Application for Visiting International Scholar form [PDF or Word]. Please submit completed application and a current vitae by March 15 to:


In addition to submitting an application, a visiting international scholar needs to:

Letter of Invitation

A letter of invitation will be sent to visiting scholar applicants from the department chair when the completed application materials have been received, reviewed, and approved. This process includes securing a department faculty mentor and may take 3-4 weeks.

Contacting International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

If you are accepted:

Before arriving: For questions about visas and appropriate procedures, including SEVIS, please contact the International Student and Scholar Service office (ISSS) at The ISSS website has valuable information about how to complete the appropriate forms, frequently asked questions, and administrative costs.

Upon arrival on campus: Go to the International Student and Scholar Service office (ISSS) for processing documents.


A visiting scholar in OLPD will be assigned the service title of Visiting Scholar without pay. It is important to note that a visiting scholar does not hold an official academic appointment in the Department or University.

This process is facilitated by the Department administrative director once the letter of invitation sent by the Department chair has been sent and the visiting scholar accepts the invitation.

A visiting scholar:


For more information, contact:

Dr. Christopher Johnstone
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
University of Minnesota
211B Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-2505

Revised June 25, 2016