Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute is designed to enable faculty and scholars from or with ties to East and Southeast Asia to enrich their academic careers by engaging in research and scholarship related to East and Southeast Asia at Columbia University. The Institute provides Visiting Scholars with access to Columbia University facilities and libraries. Scholars may audit courses throughout the university, conduct research, and participate in the activities of the Institute.

Visiting Scholars may affiliate with the Institute for 6 months to 1 year and must be sponsored by an Institute faculty member during their stay. 

A list of Visiting Scholars is here.

Working knowledge of spoken and written English is necessary. We require English language test results no older than 2 years and with the following scores:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (minimum score of 79)

  • Paper-based TOEFL (minimum score of 550)

  • IELTS (minimum score of 6.5)

  • PTE Academic (minimum score of 53)

  • Cambridge Assessment English (minimum score of 180)

Other acceptable evidence to prove English language proficiency:

  • Proof of citizenship, e.g. passport ID page, from a country where English is an official language

  • Official diploma from an academic institution where English is the language of instruction

  • A phone, video conference or in-person interview

An Institute faculty member must sponsor your visit during the duration of your stay. Our faculty cross many interdisciplinary areas of study and makes us a strong and vibrant institute. We encourage you to reach out to our faculty listed here:

That individual will act as your mentor during your stay here and advise you on your research and other academic pursuits.


  • Sponsorship of an Institute faculty member

  • Current affiliation with an academic institution and a Ph.D. in respective area or field

  • Proficiency in written and spoken English 

  • $500 visa processing fee

  • $100 administrative application fee (by check made payable to Columbia University; or by money order)

  • Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of stay

If you meet the above requirements, please submit the following items to be considered for the program:

  • curriculum vitae

  • research proposal

  • English language proficiency score and certificate

  • Conferred Phd degree 

  • letter of recommendation 

  • Passport copy as well as any for accompanying dependents

  • Headshot photo 

  • In addition to the $500 visa processing fee and $100 application fee, you will need at least $2800 per month for yourself to cover living expenses. If your family intends to accompany you, an additional $1,000 per month for your spouse and $500 per month per child is required.

If you require a visa, the coordinator will work with you on that process. Please allow at least 3 months from the start date of the program to begin the visa process. Please note that B visas are not accepted.

  • To begin research on January 1st (Spring Semester) applications to be submitted by* October 1 of the preceding year.

  • To begin research on September 1st (Fall Semester) applications to be submitted by* May 15 of that year.

*The fall semester generally runs from September 1 to December 20, and the spring semester from January 15 to May 15.

Dr. Hye Eun CHOI

  • September 2018 – July 2020
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Research Interests: Sound culture in colonial Korea, 1910-1945.
  • Contact Information:

Dr. Christopher HILL

  • October 2019 – August 2020
  • Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan
  • Research Interests: Transnational intellectual exchange and its historical narrative in Japan
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Eugenia Lean

Dr. Jun-Hyung KO

  • August 2019 – August 2020
  • Professor, College of Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University
  • Research Interests: Determinants of housing prices and rents in East Asia.
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Takatoshi Ito

Dr. Wei SONG

  • September 2019 – September 2020
  • Associate Professor, University of Science and Technology Beijing
  • Research Interests: Corruption and anti-corruption practices in China.
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Xiaobo Lu

Dr. Lu SUN

  • October 2019 – October 2020
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, National Institute of International Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Research Interests: The relationship between the U.S. and Indo-Pacific diplomatic policy.
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Xiaobu Lu

Dr. Kai TIAN

  • February 2020 - February 2021
  • Director, Research Fellow, Center for East Asian Studies Liaoning University; Center for Japanese Studies, Tsinghua University
  • Research Interests: The logic and history of Japan’s postwar constitutional amendment
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Takako Hikotani


  • September 2018 – March 2020
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
  • Research Interests: Poetry recital movements and sound recording during the Sino-Japanese War.
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Ying Qian

Dr. Huimin WANG

  • March 2019 – August 2020
  • Lecturer, Institute for Western Frontier Region of China, Shaanxi Normal University
  • Research Interests: Jinchuan’s Social and Cultural Transformation during the Qianlong Period
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Gray Tuttle

Dr. Xiaoxuan WANG

  • March 2019 – March 2020
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute
  • Research Interests: Massive urbanization, properties, and the future of Chinese religions.
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Eugenia Lean

Dr. Bagen WULAN

  • October 2019 – October 2020
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Chinese Borderland Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Research Interests: The history of the descendants of Lazang Khan.
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Gray Tuttle

Dr. Xiaofan YANG

  • October 2019 – September 2020
  • Lecturer, School of Chinese Language and Literature, Central China Normal University
  • Research Interests: The different worldview of Chinese writers abroad in the 1970s and 80s
  • Contact Information:
  • Institute Faculty Sponsor: Lydia Liu