Visiting Student/Scholar Program


Application for Spring/Summer 2021 is Open

Due to visa and campus access restrictions caused by the evolving Covid-19 situation, there will be special eligibility requirements for applicants and the program will start with remote operation until further notice. Please check back later for any updates.

About the Program

The CASER Visiting Student/Scholar Program is designed to nurture highly motivated early-career scholars and graduate students with a strong interest in conducting quantitative research on important socioeconomic issues aligned with the Center’s mission. 

Admitted students and scholars will have the opportunity to participate in research projects in the Center under the mentorship of faculty affiliates at NYU Shanghai. They will also work within the cross-cultural research group at NYU Shanghai, NYU’s global network and CASER’s broad collaboration network.  Admitted students and scholars will also be invited to participate in various center activities including seminars, lectures, conferences, and the summer school program.

Typical visiting periods range from one month to one semester. No more than four positions will be awarded for each given period. Applicants in Shanghai or nearby regions are particularly welcome.

At the end of the program, participants are required to produce a project summary. Participants may also be invited for a seminar presentation at the Center.  

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently in China.
  • Applicants must be at the graduate level (Master or Ph.D. in social science disciplines), or early-career scholars who have completed a PhD degree within 5 years of application.
  • A strong academic record in a relevant social science discipline.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Applicants at the graduate level must be enrolled in graduate study at their home affiliation and have permission from either their home affiliation or research supervisor.
  • Have valid health insurance during the period of visit. 

Application Instructions

To apply for the program, please submit below listed materials to

  • Personal Statement
  • Your CV/resume
  • Academic Transcript


We will contact you to arrange for two recommendation letters to be sent to for further review if necessary.

We will confirm with you upon receipt of your application materials.  We will also notify you if an interview is needed or if your application materials are incomplete. If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact

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