Illinois Education Visiting Scholar Program (IEVS)

Illinois Education Visiting Scholar Program (IEVS) provides scholars from academic institutions, colleges, and universities all over the world: 

  • Opportunity to conduct research at the world-class University of Illinois
  • Flexibility for half-year or full-year residency
  • Workspace and full access to university facilities
  • Support for visa processing and arrival
  • Orientation
  • On-site coordinator to assist with academic and daily needs
  • Optional monthly seminars and workshops

The IEVS program is open to any self-funded scholar from other countries. We welcome scholars from the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the Fine Arts and Professions with disciplinary interests in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Teachers' Education, Education Leadership, Education Policy, Global Studies, Human Resource Development, Higher Education, Education Psychology, Education Statistics, and Special Education. Please check our course website for more information about each academic department.

At this time, IEVS applicants must be faculty at an institution of higher education and hold a terminal degree in their field.

Program Costs
All living expenses incurred are the responsibility of the Visiting Scholar. However, the program coordinator will be on hand to help you with visa processing, to find suitable housing, transportation, etc.

Program Fee:
There is a non-refundable program fee for all Visiting  Scholars that must be paid in full through the application website upon official invitation and prior to visa processing. The fee covers University academic and personnel resources needed to operate the program.

Half-Year stay (up to 6 months):   $3,000
Full-Year stay (up to 12 months):  $4,000

Visa and Mailing Fees:
Visa ($150) and mailing ($100)  fees are NOT included in the program fee, and they are the responsibility of the Visiting Scholar. These charges are also payable through the application website.

Application Fee:

The application fee is $250 which is non-refundable. Your application will not be processed until the application fee is paid.

Total Program Cost:
Half-Year stay:   $3,500
Full-Year stay:   $4,500

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For any questions, please contact Wei Liu at or Allison Witt at