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College of Arts & Sciences
Linguistics Program

Visiting Scholars

The Linguistics Program of the University of South Carolina welcomes visiting scholar requests from international (and other) scholars who would benefit from the experience of interacting with our faculty and graduate students. Since we are a relatively small program, the number of such scholars who can visit us at any one time is necessarily limited. For this reason, it is important that you let us know as early as possible of your potential interest (so that we may quickly determine whether an invitation might be extended to you).

Note: We offer visiting scholar status only to persons holding a Ph.D. degree. If you have a doctorate in your discipline, we can begin to discuss the possibility of your coming here as a visiting scholar. If you only have an M.A. degree, and have not yet completed the Ph.D., you are welcome to apply to one of our graduate programs. We offer a Ph.D. in Linguistics which would require approximately three-four years to complete. Information on applying to our program for graduate study can be found on this page, and an on-line graduate school application can be started on the Graduate School's Website.

Inquiries about visiting scholar status should be addressed to the Program Director:

Postal address:
Program Director, Linguistics Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208.
Telephone: 803-777-2061
Fax: 803-777-0454
E-mail address:

Materials required for making a visiting scholar application:

In order to be considered for visiting scholar placement with the Linguistics Program at USC, we request that you submit the following materials (electronically, if possible):
1. A current curriculum vitae.
2. A one-two page statement outlining your research goals and plans for your stay here. In this statement, you should clearly indicate which faculty member (or members) you hope to have mentoring you.
3. An indication of how you will be supported during your visit here.

The process:

Upon receipt of the above materials, we will circulate them to (the relevant) faculty. If a program faculty member agrees to serve as your mentor and the program feels that your visit here would be mutually beneficial, then the program will issue an invitation to you and begin making the appropriate arrangements.

What we can provide to visiting scholars:

If you are accepted as a visiting scholar, you would be officially affiliated with the University of South Carolina during your stay here. University of South Carolina can provide you with library privileges and other support as detailed in the webpage for International Support for Faculty and Staff. The office and support staff for this office are listed on the Human Resources staff page. Additional helpful information on visas and the visa process is available from the International Visitors Office of the National Academies.

What we cannot provide to visiting scholars:

Employment or other forms of financial support.


A visiting scholar who wishes to reserve University Housing should contact the office for University Housing. If the Linguistics Program is asked to guarantee the reservation of university housing, the reservation must be accompanied by a non-refundable deposit equal to three months rent (which will be applied to your rental when you get here).


Getting the appropriate visa can often take months, so it is important that you begin the process early. The Linguistics Program cannot respond to visiting scholar requests in less than one month, so you should factor this into your timetable. Please stay in touch with us throughout the process! We cannot assist you if we don't hear from you.