CSME staff process visiting research scholar requests for persons who come to IU through formal CSME exchange at the invitation of the Director and an affiliate faculty member of CSME.
Prospective research scholars who do not participate in a formal exchange program with CSME should first try to apply through another IU department or unit:
- The IU Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) limits their visiting research scholar appointments to formal programs such as Fulbright, Junior Faculty Development Program, and Open Society Institute.
- The IU Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS)
- The IU School of Education if the research topic is education. The School of Education allows initial appointments up to three years. Initial appointments cannot exceed twelve months but may be renewable
- The IU Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC)
- The IU Islamic Studies Program (ISP)
Only if there is no other appropriate IU unit and if the topic is within the CSME study area, should application be made through a CSME faculty sponsor.
Each IU school and department sets its own conditions for accepting visiting scholars. Some will arrange for faculty sponsors. (CSME visitors must arrange their own faculty sponsors.) Some can provide office space. (CSME cannot provide office space.)
CSME will assist CSME faculty who want to sponsor a visiting research scholar if the CSME professor will take full responsibility for gathering the information needed for the IU appointment and visa, will comply with CSME, IU, and US government policies, procedures and laws, and will serve as the point of contact for all correspondence from the scholar.