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Sandrine Dikambi

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The Office of International Studies & Programs 
445 West 59th Street
North Hall, Rooms 1101N-1105N
New York, NY 10019

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North Hall, Rooms 1101N-1105N

524 West 59th Street
New York, NY  10019 



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Procedures for Visiting Scholars

Visiting scholars wishing to spend time conducting research or teaching at John Jay College are required to have an academic contact, specifically a faculty member interested in sponsoring them. Scholars must also be endorsed by the appropriate Department Chairperson. Scholars are encouraged to contact a faculty member or the Chairperson(s) of an appropriate academic department to inquire about sponsorship.

Visiting Scholar requests should follow these instructions:

1) Establish single point-of-contact (POC) for the visiting scholar within a department; POCs are responsible for seeking the approval of the Chair for all visiting scholars. The POC will be responsible for serving as a point of reference for the scholar, the Department, the Office for the Advancement of Research (OAR), and, if necessary, the International Studies & Programs Office.

2) POCs should work with scholars to complete the following and return to Sandra Rutherford in OAR,, at least three months in advance of their visit.

a.  A letter from the POCs indicating their request to invite the visiting scholar. In an effort to better integrate visiting scholars into the academic community, hosts are encouraged to schedule scholars visiting for more than three months to give a public seminar during their visit. These plans should be discussed in the invitation letter. All invitation letters must be co-signed by the Chair of the sponsoring department.

b. A copy of the scholar’s C.V.

c. A letter from the scholar’s home institution endorsing their visit to John Jay. OAR will initiate a review of these invitations on a case-by-case basis and will notify the Department and POC.

3) For international scholars utilizing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program: after receiving approval from OAR, POCs should work with visitors to complete the international scholar application, (Please click here
 to download the application) or available through the office of International Studies & Programs. Please return the application with all necessary documents to Sandrine Dikambi, Manager, International Studies & Programs, 524 West 59th Street, North Hall 1101, New York, NY 10019 or email scanned documents to These materials will be used to issue the Form DS-2019 which is the document the visitor will need (along with the supporting materials) to obtain their J-1 visa from the U.S. Embassy in their home country to enter the United States. The Office of International Studies & Programs will contact the POC should additional information be needed. If no additional information is needed, the documents needed for the visitor to obtain their J-1 visa will be sent to them via UPS International mail.

4) POCs should notify OAR of the planned date of the scholar's visit and the date(s) of any public seminars no less than two weeks in advance of the scholar's arrival on campus.

5) Approved visiting scholars will be issued a special John Jay ID that provides them building, library and facility access during the duration of their stay. Scholars whose stay is longer than 3 months will be issued a John Jay electronic ID and email account for the duration of their stay which will also give them off-site access to the library's licensed electronic resources. Visitors will not be provided with borrowing privileges from the library, but can utilize their POCs to borrow materials and for access to Department resources such as photocopying facilities. Department Chairs will determine if the Department has office and/or lab space that they can offer to visitors.