Visiting Scholars (Unpaid)

The visiting scholar title and appointment is reserved for senior scholars (more than five years beyond the doctoral degree) who currently hold full-time academic appointments at other universities or institutions of higher learning.

A visiting scholar is considered an independent researcher and may not register for and take classes for credit. For information on how to audit classes (not for credit) at HDS, please consult the instructions on auditing.

All one-term appointments run from August 1 to December 31 or from January 1 to May 31 (with a minimum stay of at least three months). All full-year appointments begin August 1 and end May 31 of any given academic year. Only in unusual circumstances can a visiting scholar's appointment be extended beyond the 10 months of an academic year; any appointment longer than 12 months will also need to be reviewed by a faculty committee and will require the permission of the Dean and the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs.

The deadline for visiting scholar applications is January 31 of each year for appointments commencing the following academic year. Scholars will be informed in early March about their acceptance and will receive an appointment letter.

An application must contain the following:

  1. Current curriculum vitae;
  2. Description of research project; 
  3. A signed statement or email message from a permanent member of the HDS faculty indicating his or her willingness to serve as a host while the candidate is at HDS; and
  4. A completed Visiting Scholar/Postdoctoral Fellow Form Unsalaried Appointment.

Please also note that a visiting scholar appointment does not carry any financial support. This is an unpaid appointment. No assistance is available for housing, insurance, moving expenses, visa fees, research funding, office space, copying, clerical support, etc.

The appointment entitles the visiting scholar to a Harvard University ID card (which allows access to the Harvard University Libraries) for the duration of the appointment. Visiting scholars are cordially invited to attend all HDS community and public events. However, HDS is unable to offer courtesy library cards, or appointments, for any additional members of a scholar's family.

Visting Scholars 2014-15

Leigh Gilmore
Independent Scholar
Research Project: " 'How to Live in a Damaged Body': Mysticism, Gendered Embodiment, and Chronic Pain Memoirs"

Dongsoo Kim
Professor of New Testament at Pyeongtaek University, Korea
Research Project: Research on the prophecy in the apocryphal writings

Visiting scholars 2013-14

Leigh Gilmore
Independent Scholar
Research Project: " 'How to Live in a Damaged Body': Mysticism, Gendered Embodiment, and Chronic Pain Memoirs"

Renate Jost (fall 2013)
Professorin für feministische Theologie/Theologische Frauenforschung
Augustana—Theologische Hochschule der evangelisch-lutherischen Kirche in Bayern
Research Project: "The Christ Child: Customs, Religion, and Utopia; A Feminist Perspective" 

Adele Reinhartz (spring 2014)
Professor
Département des études anciennes et des sciences de religion, Université d'Ottawa/Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa
Research Project: "The Gospel of John and the Parting of the Ways"

Jerome C. Regier
Professor
Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research & Department of Entomology, University of Maryland
Research Project: "Religion and Science"

Kuo-Yu (Teresa) Tsui
Assistant Professor
Department of History and Graduate Institute of Religious Studies
National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Research Project: "Asceticism in Early Christianity"

Ching Wah (Francis) Yip
Associate Professor
Divinity School of Chung Chi College
Department of Cultural and Religious Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Research Project: "Christian Discourse with Chinese Characteristics: Protestant Theology in the Political and Cultural Context of China; 1980-2010"

HDS Voices

Ann Braude
The study of religion allows the exploration of the most fundamental ideas that shape women's lives.
—Ann Braude, Director of the Women's Studies in Religion Program
Women's Studies in Religion Program