Visiting Scholar Program

The Institute for Business Innovation (IBI) welcomes domestic and international scholars interested in using the intellectual resources of IBI at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley to further their research.

UC Berkeley has a renowned reputation around the world for its research activities. Each year the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation receives dozens of proposals from foreign institutes to spend time as a visiting scholar on campus. Though the Center gives each applicant an equal weight in terms of admission, Dr. Chesbrough has specifically noted that his selection weighs more towards candidates with good research training backgrounds, as well as those who are able to collaborate with UC Berkeley. Upon selection, applicants spend six to twelve months at the university as a visiting scholar and are granted a variety of privileges, including access to the university library, lectures, IT tools and additional campus resources.

Visiting scholars work on joint projects, interact with PhD, MBA students and faculty; and participate in the intellectual life of the Haas School of Business. Each year IBI hosts visiting scholars from around the world (e.g. Germany, Japan, Brazil, The Netherlands, Korea, United Kingdom, USA, etc.).

Click here to read about our current visiting scholars 



Current Application Deadlines

Visiting Scholars can apply for stays of one month to one year (with the possibility to extend).

October 1 for visits starting between January and March

January 1 for visits starting between April and June

March 1 for visits starting between July and August

June 1 for visits starting between September and December


Sponsorship Requirement

Visiting scholars must secure a sponsor who is a tenured or a tenure-track member (professor, associate professor, or assistant professor) of the Berkeley Haas faculty. Information about Haas faculty can be found at the Haas Faculty and Executive Leadership Directory.


  1. With instructor’s permission visiting scholars may audit non-MBA courses.
  2. Visiting scholars are invited to attend Berkeley Haas presentations, lectures, conferences, seminars, and other events.
  3. Visiting scholars are assigned a Berkeley Haas email account and access to computers and other services at the Haas Media Services Center.
  4. Membership in the Haas Alumni Network (HAN).
  5. Visiting scholars will have access to IBI copy and print machines.
  6. Visiting scholars have library privileges at the Thomas J. Long Library at Berkeley Haas and other campus libraries.
  7. Visiting scholars are not guaranteed office space. However, limited space may be available. Visiting scholars will have use of public areas, such as the Thomas J. Long Library at the Haas School.


Visiting scholars are required to provide their own support funds. Our visiting scholars are typically funded by their own universities or other employers, private grant-making institutions, or government programs – either at home or abroad.



  1. $910 annual sponsorship charge (this fee is not pro-rated for stays shorter than a year).
  1. $500 annual University Services fee that includes campus-wide library privileges. The charges are payable at the time you arrive on campus.
  1. All international scholars coming to the Berkeley campus on a J-1 visa must pay a one-time, non-refundable processing fee of $410. Payment can be made via check, payable to: UC Regents or wire transfer. Payment must be returned with the J-1 visa application. If you are being funded by a program that processes a J-1 visa for you, such as the Fulbright Program, you do not need to pay this fee.


Visiting Scholars & Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Office

Information about the University of California’s Visiting Scholars Program policies can be found at the Visiting Scholars & Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Office web site.

Information about Visiting Scholar application procedures and university policies can be found at the Visiting Scholars & Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) Office web site. Please note Berkeley Haas has its own application procedure which must be complete before completing the VSPA application.

Berkeley International Office

Information to enhance the academic, cultural, and social experiences of international scholars, as well as assistance in advising, immigration services, advocacy, and programming can be found at the Berkeley International Office web site.

Contact Information

If you have questions about IBI’s Visiting Scholar Program, please contact Anita Stephens at