CARGC Visiting Scholar Paromita Vohra talking at a conference
Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication

Visiting Scholar Program

CARGC offers short-term and long-term visiting fellowship positions for a limited number of visiting scholars from institutions other than the University of Pennsylvania whose research aligns with current CARGC research themes.

During their residency at CARGC, visiting scholars develop their own research projects and take an active part in the life of the center by mentoring CARGC fellows and participating in center events and research activities.

Short-term visiting scholars stay in residence at CARGC for up to two weeks. They are provided with a workspace, computer, library access, and receive a $2,000 allowance for travel and incidental expenses.

Long-term visiting scholars can stay at CARGC for a full semester. They receive a workspace, computer, and library access, but are expected to provide their own funding. This position is best suited for scholars on funded research grants and sabbatical leaves.

Apart from the university resources offered above, short-term and long-term visiting scholars also have opportunities to attend and participate in formal and informal scholarly events at CARGC, Annenberg, and Penn at large.


  • Visiting scholars are expected to have completed a Ph.D. and be employed at an institution other than the University of Pennsylvania
  • Visiting Scholars must provide health insurance for themselves and any accompanying dependents
  • Long-term visiting scholars are required to provide their own funding. International long-term visiting scholars will be required to submit the proof of funding as a part of their visa application process.

How to Apply

Please email the following application materials to by July 1st, if applying for the fall semester, and by October 1st for the spring semester:

  • CV
  • Cover letter outlining the dates you hope to stay at CARGC and describing what you would like to work on during your visit
  • A 1-page research statement that outlines how your work fits with one or more of CARGC’s research themes.


Visiting scholars at CARGC are expected to:

  • Hold office hours to facilitate mentorship opportunities for CARGC doctoral and postdoctoral fellows
  • Hold an informal hour-long lunch workshop for the CARGC community (fellows, staff, and affiliates)
  • Work with CARGC’s Senior Research Manager to discuss opportunities for recording an episode of the CARGC Global Media & Communication podcast and/or getting involved in other ongoing research projects at CARGC
  • Attend public and internal CARGC events that may overlap with the visit.