Visiting Research Scholars

Program Description
The Cardozo School of Law hosts a modest Visiting Research Scholar program under which international scholars, practitioners, jurists and government officials visit the law school for a period of time that generally ranges from one month to one year. In addition, Cardozo hosts a small number of visiting doctoral and postdoctoral students to conduct research under the auspices of the Visiting Research Fellow program. Visitors take advantage of the rich resources of the law school and help enhance the diversity of the Cardozo community.

General Program Benefits
All visiting researchers enjoy access to the Cardozo Law Library, which holds more than 540,000 books, periodicals, microforms, and audio and video materials. The library also provides free computer use with internet access. The library card catalogue can be accessed through the library’s Web page. We regret that we cannot provide access to fee-based services such as Westlaw and Lexis.

Visiting researchers are invited to audit classes with the prior permission of the faculty member, and they are welcome to attend the many programs, activities and other public events that regularly take place at the law school.

Please note that Cardozo’s Visiting Researcher program is designed for visitors with independent research agendas. There is no compensation or secretarial support for visiting researchers. Further, due to severe space constraints, we are unable to provide visiting researchers with an office.

Application Process
Visiting Research Scholars (Academics, Jurists, Practitioners and Government Officials): 

Online Visiting Research Scholar Application Form

Potential candidates should click the link above to complete the online application form. You can either upload the documents in the online submission form or email your documents to Val Myteberi, Assistant Dean, Graduate & International Programs and Kevin Gschwend, Program Director.

Submission documents include the following: 

1. Curriculum vitae/resume 

2. Statement of research plan (including the reasons for choosing Cardozo School of Law) 

3. Proof of English Testing (Applicants whose native language is not English should submit to indicate their degree of fluency in English)

4. Letters of recommendation (if applicable) 

5. Proof of funding (If applicable) 

Visiting Research Fellows (Doctoral and Postdoctoral Students):

Potential candidates should submit all of the above items along with a letter of invitation from a Cardozo professor, to Val Myteberi, Assistant Dean, Graduate & International Programs and Kevin Gschwend, Program Director. 

The application schedule is below. Candidates are notified of their admission 30 days after the application deadlines.

Fall Term: Applications must be submitted by June 1.

Spring Term: Applications must be submitted by October 1.

Summer Term: Applications must be submitted by April 1.

Program Fees
Visitors are charged a program fee of $7,000 for each term (fall, spring, and/or summer) they are in residence. Program fees must be paid in full by credit card, check or cash upon or prior to arrival.

Visiting researchers wishing to obtain housing in the area should make arrangements well in advance of their arrival. Cardozo is unable to provide accommodation in campus housing and cannot assist in securing off-campus housing. Helpful short- and long-term housing information for international visitors may be found on the Metro International Web site

Furnished apartment rentals utilized by other visitors to Cardozo have included the Chelsmore Apartments (on 17th Street and 7th Avenue) and Oakwood properties (various locations around Manhattan and Jersey City, New Jersey). The Webster, a residence in midtown Manhattan for working women, college interns and working college students, is also recommended by former researchers for its reasonable rates that include two meals daily.

Many visitors to New York have had success finding short-term apartment rentals by using Craigslist. Other Web sites that may be helpful include:

The New York Times
Housing NYC
NYC Apartment Directory
The Village Voice

If necessary, Yeshiva University’s international student advisor can assist with obtaining a J-1 visa.

Health Insurance
Although visiting scholars cannot apply for insurance coverage through Cardozo, the provider of Cardozo’s student health insurance plan (Academic HealthPlans) offers visiting scholars the opportunity to purchase insurance for themselves. Please note that this information is not provided as an endorsement of any particular provider; visiting scholars are encouraged to compare the plans offered by Academic HealthPlans with others they have been offered.

Further information
To request further information or to submit an application, please contact:

Val Myteberi
Assistant Dean, Graduate & International Programs
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue, Room 1007
New York, New York 10003
Direct: (212) 790-0361

Kevin Gschwend
Program Director, Graduate & International Programs
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue, Room 1057
New York, New York 10003
Direct: (212) 790-0325

To view a list of some of our recent visitors, click here.