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Visiting Scholars Eligibility

Visiting scholars with a PhD or PhD candidates with teaching or research appointments at a university are eligible to apply for residency at Montclair State.  Scholars without a PhD but who are otherwise appropriately qualified may apply for review.

Priority should be given to:

  • Fully funded scholars, especially Fulbright-funded scholars or scholars funded by the home country or institution (Fulbright scholars will have their visa applications executed and reviewed by the Fulbright Foundation).
  • Scholars who are at an institution that has an institutional or exchange agreement with Montclair State.
  • Scholars who either have a relationship with a Montclair State faculty member or who are renowned in the profession or known in the field.
  • Scholars with specialization and ability to generate co-authored papers with our faculty.

Visa Requirements and the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

Visiting Scholars will be required to have a J-1 visa prior to their arrival on campus. The J-1 Exchange Visitor visa classification was developed to implement the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hayes Act) of 1961. The purpose of the Act is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchanges

J-1 Visas are issued by the Department of State under the auspices of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. Please visit this site for eligibility requirements and restrictions.

IE will assist visiting scholars with the sponsorship paperwork required to apply for a J-1 visa.

English Language Requirements 

Montclair State and the U.S. State Department requires all Visiting Scholars to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Applicants will automatically be considered proficient in English if either of the following applies:

  • Native language is English
  • Completed a degree at an English speaking university (copy of degree required)
  • Teacher of English with earned BA or MA in English

All other applicants must provide one of the following documentations to qualify for the J-1 visa:

  • TOEFL score 95iBT to TEACH, 35 to conduct RESEARCH, OR
  • IELTS score 7.0 to TEACH, 5.0 to conduct RESEARCH, OR
  • English3 J1English Interview, not applicable for TEACHING, 2.5 to conduct RESEARCH
  • Official results of a Nationally recognized English proficiency examination
  • Language Certificate demonstrating B2 Level or higher based on the European Framework

Departments must also conduct a phone or online interview with the scholar to determine suitability to research or teach at Montclair State University.

The above scores represent the minimum to allow consideration of the scholar application.

English3 J1 Interview

Montclair State has partnered with English3 to evaluate the English proficiency of visiting scholar applicants. Visiting scholars who do not have TOEFL/IELTS scores may instead take the E3J1 Interview.

The E3J1 interview is conducted online and recorded. The interview takes about 25 minutes and requires an on-line payment of $99. A minimum score of 2.5 is required for consideration as a visiting researcher. Take English3 Interview HERE

  • Click “Take Interview”
  • Select “Montclair State University” and click “Continue”
  • Fill out form and payment

The Office of International Engagement at Montclair State will automatically receive your English3 results.

Financial Support

To apply for a J-1 visa, scholars will be required to demonstrate that they have sufficient resources to fund the duration of their stay in the U.S. Financial resources of at least $22,800 per year for the scholar and $6,000 per year for an accompanying spouse and $4,000 per year per dependent child (under 18) are required. These amounts are prorated for programs less than 12 months. If scholars are receiving funding from their home country, university or an external organization they must provide a letter from the organization detailing the support. All documents must be in English.