Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Faculty Affairs Office

Research Visitor Titles and Descriptions

Visiting scholars are sponsored or employed elsewhere, usually other universities, industry, or government. Visiting scholars typically hold the PhD, MD, or equivalent terminal degree, or have received equivalent professional recognition. They are at Northwestern for one year or less to study with Northwestern faculty, learn research techniques, use specialized facilities, or collaborate with faculty investigators. Visiting scholars may serve as co-investigators on grant applications or funded projects, but they may not serve as principal investigators. Visiting scholars are not employees of the University and are usually paid by their sponsoring organization. On occasion, where the situation warrants it, visiting scholars may be provided with supplemental funding from University funds; such funding is considered financial aid for living and/or travel expenses and is not tied to services rendered to Northwestern.

Visiting predoctoral fellows are current degree-seeking graduate students from other institutions who are studying at Northwestern for short periods, working with faculty to learn research techniques or to use specialized facilities. Visiting predoctoral fellows are not employees of the University and are unpaid. On occasion, where the situation warrants it, they may be provided with supplemental funding from University funds; such funding is considered financial aid for living and/or travel expenses and is not tied to services rendered to Northwestern. Under certain circumstances, visiting predoctoral fellows may be paid from sponsored programs through a subcontract to their home institution.

More information on Research Visitor Appointments.