Visiting Scholars Program

The University of Illinois College of Law’s Visiting Scholars program provides an opportunity for qualified individuals to conduct independent research in a law school setting. Visits can be for any duration although a minimum of four months is recommended. All visiting scholar applications will be evaluated based on credentials, space, access to research materials to support the proposed project, and faculty availability.

Each scholar is provided a faculty host, an opportunity to audit law courses, and access to library and research tools (including unlimited LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg databases). Visiting scholars also have access to the College of Law’s facilities, and are provided with a semi-private work space with a desk and access to printer capabilities within the building. Visiting scholars may have the opportunity to present their research to the College of Law community through our International Workshop Program. English language classes and other opportunities to improve English skills are available on campus.

Program fee:

  • $5,000 per semester (fall or spring)
  • Pro-rated fees will be considered for shorter visits

Scholars must be able to support their cost of living and the program fee. Limited partial scholarships are available. Applications are accepted year-round, and must include a description of the research to be undertaken while at the College of Law, a curriculum vitae, IELTS or TOEFL, and the proposed dates of the visit. The University is no longer able to issue a DS-2019 without documentation of English proficiency, this means a recent TOEFL score of at least 60 or a recent IELTS score of at least 6.0. An official certificate of completion from a university or institutional English course can also be accepted.  

To apply, send your application request to Athena M. Newcomb at 

Judicial Fellows

For members of the judiciary or judicial staff on nomination by their institutions. The typical judicial fellowship is nine to 12 months during which fellows are expected to undertake a research project and to gain acquaintance with some facet of the U.S. judicial system at the federal, state, or local level.

Senior Research Fellows

For established scholars on the nomination of a member of the University of Illinois College of Law faculty.

Junior Research Fellows

For doctoral or immediate post-doctoral students with a letter of introduction from a faculty member at the student’s home institution.


Athena Newcomb
Office of Graduate and International Legal Programs
University of Illinois College of Law
244 Law Building
504 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 333-6066