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Visiting Research Scholar Program

ETS accepts applications on an ongoing basis for a limited number of slots for the Visiting Research Scholar Program.


Scholars who meet the following criteria are invited to apply:

  • You hold an academic or researcher appointment from a university, governmental or nonprofit organization.
  • You have a doctoral degree or are a recognized expert in a field of interest to ETS.
  • You are fully self-funded or come with funding from your home institution, a foundation or a government.
  • Your proposed research is not in conflict with ETS products or services. Visiting scholars are invited to give a public presentation of their research while they are at ETS.
  • ETS Research & Development (ETS R&D) will provide office space, telephone and computer facilities as well as library access privileges to the scholars.

Visiting scholars are also welcome to attend ETS R&D seminars and presentations. ETS does not provide funds to assist visiting scholars with their travel or living expenses.

How to Apply

For consideration, submit the following documentation to

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Full list of publications
  • One-page research proposal
  • Statement of funding

Visiting scholars who require a J-1 visa will be responsible for covering visa application fees, travel-related costs and health insurance as required by the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. In addition, the U.S. State Department requires that ETS ensure that visitors' English-language proficiency will permit day-to-day functioning and allow for a productive experience while they are in the United States. Applicants without standardized test scores may provide English-language proficiency certification from their home institutions. Certification is not needed for native English speakers.