Visiting Scholars Program

About the Program

Scholars accepted to the Visiting Scholars program may:

  • Audit department courses with instructor permission.
  • Use the Harvard libraries.
  • With charges, use Harvard facilities such as the faculty club and gyms.

How do I apply to become a Visiting Scholar?

Applications can be submitted at any time. Applications are due March 1st (for the following academic year).  Responses to applications are generally received the following month.

Application Requirements

Visiting Scholars must be professors currently employed by a university in the field of English literature. The University requires that a Visiting Scholar have $2,500 per month of their stay to cover living expenses, and scholars must make their own arrangements for housing, computing, and office space while at Harvard. Visiting Scholar appointments are made for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 12 months.

Application materials

To apply, email the following documents, in PDF format, to

  • Your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A 3-4 page research proposal
  • The dates of your intended visit

The Visiting Scholars Committee emails its decision to applicants several weeks after the deadline. Please do not contact faculty directly.


I’m a graduate student from another university. How can I study at Harvard?

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers the option of enrolling as a Special Student or Visiting Fellow. See here for more details. Please note that the Department of English does not play a role in the administration of this program.

I only want to use Harvard’s libraries for a few days. What are my options?

Widener Library offers faculty at other institutions and Ph.D. candidates a Special Borrower’s Card for six days each year. More information can be found here.

I have other questions. Whom should I contact?

Please email your question to Anna McDonald at