The Visiting Research Fellow (VRF) status is for graduate students from other institutions who would like to come to Brown for durations of usually less than 12 months to conduct research with a Brown faculty member. Visiting Research Fellows are not enrolled in classes and do not have official student status at Brown. They are required to have a faculty advisor at Brown who will supervise and direct their activities. All requests for Visiting Research Fellow status are made by host programs to the Graduate School. See a full description of the program in the Graduate School Handbook.
Programs should submit the following documents to their Graduate School Admission Coordinator
For U.S. Citizens
- Visiting Research Fellow Request Form
- Letter(s) of endorsement by the program chair/director and the faculty member who will advise the visitor at Brown
- A copy of the student’s original appointment request to the program
- Proof of health insurance
For International Students
Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) Visiting Research Fellow webpage for details and a list of the documents required. Once the documents have been received and processed, the Graduate School will issue a formal letter of invitation as a VRF at the Brown University Graduate School. Upon the student’s acceptance of the invitation, the Graduate School will submit the appointment request to OISSS (Office of Student and Scholar Services) for processing of the appropriate entry form (I-20 or DS-2019).