Visiting Scholar Program

The mission and purpose of CAMLab is bringing together humanistic inquiry with cutting-edge technology and design. Our work is forward-looking, experimental work that explores enduring questions of human consciousness. We have an enduring passion for Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity, Respect, and Integrity.

Over the past few years, CAMLab has hosted a number of scholars who have enriched the Harvard community by conducting collaborative research. We recognize the value of such relationships; they foster collaboration, diversity, enrich the academic environment, and enhance CAMLab’s mission of excellence, research, and innovation.

This program is administered by Harvard FAS CAMLab.


Harvard FAS CAMLab is delighted to announce the open call for our prestigious Visiting Scholar program. We are seeking exceptional scholars who are dedicated to the advancement and exploration of Asian Art and Architectural History, especially research topics that are associated with CAMLab projects.

As a Visiting Scholar, you will engage with cutting-edge research and creative projects at the CAMLab, contributing to the expansion of knowledge in your chosen field. This is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Harvard’s vibrant academic environment, access extensive resources, and receive guidance from leading experts.


What We Offer:

  • Access to Harvard’s world-class academic resources.
  • The opportunity to participate in innovative research and creation projects.
  • The opportunity to participate in CAMLab conferences, seminars, and other academic events.
  • Academic mentorship and guidance from esteemed Harvard faculty.


Who Should Apply:

  • Scholars with a demonstrated track record of research in the aforementioned areas.
  • Professionals seeking to collaborate on pioneering projects in the arts and sciences.


Application Process:

  • Submit a detailed research proposal outlining your research interest and intended CAMLab project(s) to participate.
  • Curriculum Vitae and a list of relevant publications.
  • Include two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references.
  • Work sample (an article or paper or project introduction) in either English or Chinese


Administration Fee:

The administration fee is essential for the continued provision of high-quality services and support throughout the program. The scholar’s visiting proposal may be for the entire academic year or for a particular semester. An administrative fee of $5,000 per semester will be charged to the visiting scholar corresponding to the applicant’s appointment.

We welcome applications from around the globe. Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity at our institution. If accepted as a visiting scholar, the candidate will receive a formal notification letter and a request for additional information in order to process the J-1 visa.


The Visiting Scholar program operates on a rolling basis.

Please submit your application materials to


Join us in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and creativity.



Visa & Eligibility

  1. CSC Support and Exchange Opportunities: Scholars benefiting from the China Scholarship Council support are invited to apply for exchange opportunities at CAMLab. For detailed consultation and inquiries, kindly reach out to either or, depending on the category of your application.
  2. Assistance with Visa Applications: While the responsibility for securing a visa lies with the individual, CAMLab provides requisite support in procuring necessary documentation for visa applications. Please direct your queries to the aforementioned email addresses for specific guidance.
  3. Language Test Scores: The submission of English language proficiency test scores, while recommended, is not a mandatory requirement for application.
  4. Selection Criteria: The program’s selection process prioritizes academic excellence, alignment of research interests with CAMLab’s objectives, and the potential for meaningful academic contribution.
  5. O-1 Visa Holders: Individuals possessing an O-1 visa are welcome to apply, subject to the standard selection criteria and program stipulations. Relevant inquiries should be directed to the appropriate contact email.


Application Requirements

  1. Rolling Admissions Process: CAMLab operates on a rolling admissions basis. There is no formal deadline; however, prospective applicants are strongly advised to submit their applications at least six months in advance. This ensures sufficient time for the comprehensive processing of both the admission and visa applications.
  2. Writing Sample Specifications: Submission of a writing sample is recommended but not required. When submitting one, the applicant should choose a piece that can best demonstrate their research prowess and alignment with CAMLab’s focus areas.


Fees & Expenses

  1. Administrative Fee Structure: The administrative fee is set at $5,000 per semester, applicable equally to both onsite and remote participants.
  2. Funding and Scholarship Opportunities: On rare occasions, CAMLab may offer merit-based scholarships to exceptionally qualified candidates. However, given the scarcity of such scholarships, candidates are encouraged to primarily explore alternative funding avenues.
  3. Housing Provisions for Scholars: Successful applicants, upon their admission to the program, will become part of the Harvard community. Standard housing options will be available for their consideration, albeit at personal expense. Detailed housing information will be furnished post-admission.


Duration & Scheduling

  1. Program Duration and Renewal Policy: The program operates on a semester basis. A full academic year (two semesters) is recommended for a comprehensive experience, with the possibility of renewal contingent upon evaluation and mutual agreement at the term’s conclusion.


Program Information

  1. Advisor Engagement: While direct contact with potential advisors is not mandatory, it is advisable. This facilitates a better understanding of specific CAMLab projects of interest. Promising candidates may be connected with relevant CAMLab core team members for more comprehensive information.
  2. Postdoctoral Program Application: Aspiring postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to apply to the Visiting Scholar program, adhering to the same application criteria.
  3. Program Content and Focus Areas: The program encompasses a variety of themes and areas of study, details of which are available on the CAMLab website.
  4. Course Structure and Academic Schedule: The program’s courses are structured in accordance with the academic calendar, with specific formats detailed on the website of the Registrar Office of Harvard University


For any further information or clarification, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact either or, as appropriate to their application.