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The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies offers scholars from schools and institutions other than UCLA the chance to carry on their research at UCLA as either a Visiting Scholar or a Distinguished Visiting Scholar.

Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Each year, CMRS sponsors Distinguished Visiting Scholars whose knowledge enriches the academic life of UCLA’s students and faculty, and promotes scholarship in the larger community. CMRS DVS present classes and seminars, participate in conferences and symposia, and deliver public lectures.


  • Jaynie Anderson
    Herald Chair of Fine Arts, University of Melbourne specializes in
    Renaissance Venetian Painting
    Nominated by Art History Professor Joanna Woods-Marsden.
  • Heike Behlmer
    Mcquarie University, Sydney
    Coptic Studies
    Nominated by History Professor Claudia Rapp
  • Patricia Crone
    Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies
    Medieval Islamic Culture
    Nominated by NELC Professor Carol Bakhos
  • Paul Freeman
    Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale University
    Early Modern History
    Nominated by History Professors Patrick Geary and Teofilo Ruiz
  • Ralph Hanna
    University of Oxford
    Medieval English Literature and Paleography
    Nominated by English Professor Matthew Fisher
  • Peter Klein
    University of Tübingen
    Apocalypse in Medieval Art
    Nominated by Art History Professor David Kunzle
  • Nancy Sevcenko
    Byzantine Manuscript Studies
    Nominated by Art History Professor Sharon Gerstel
  • Helgi Thorláksson
    University of Iceland
    Nominated by Scandinavian Professor Jesse Byock
  • Susanne Wofford and Jacques Lezra
    University of Wisconsin
    Nominated by English Professor Lowell Gallagher

A list of former Distinguished Visiting Scholars is available in the Archive section of our website: www.cmrs.ucla.edu/archive/past_dvs.html.

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Visiting Scholars

UCLA Visiting Scholars are senior scholars and distinguished visitors who hold a doctoral degree or the foreign equivalent and who hold an appointment comparable to those of UCLA faculty, and are usually on temporary leave from their universities or research centers. They visit the campus for relatively short periods of time (no longer than one year), serve as senior researchers, collaborate on research projects and publications with faculty members, and pursue independent research. Visiting Scholars receive library privileges and access to special research collections. Appointments are honorary (non-salaried) and Visiting Scholars must be self-supported or have adequate support funds from outside of the university. Applicants must be nominated by CMRS and approved by the UCLA Graduate Division. Further information from the University is available at www.gdnet.ucla.edu/gss/postdoc/vsapply.htm.

Application Procedure

Scholars working in the field of Medieval and Renaissance Studies may request to be considered by the Center as a Visiting Scholar.

    Applicants should submit the following:
  • a letter introducing yourself and indicating your desire to be nominated by the Center as a UCLA Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies;
  • a one page description of the research you plan to pursue at UCLA and your own research interests;
  • a curriculum vitae (CV).

Send the application materials to:
UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Attention: Visiting Scholar Program
Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

Please note that the Center cannot provide housing or office space for its Visiting Scholars. Additionally, UCLA Visiting Scholars are not automatically granted access to non-UCLA research collections, such as those at the Getty Research Institute or the Huntington Library in San Marino. Scholars wishing to access non-UCLA collections should contact the specific institution directly about the applying for reader privileges.

A list of former Visiting Scholars is available in the Archive section of our website: www.cmrs.edu/archive/past_visiting_scholars.html.

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