Visiting Scholars


The Mershon Center for International Security Studies welcomes applications for self-funded visiting researchers for a stay of up to a year. Visiting scholars must be working with one of the research fellows at the Mershon Center at Ohio State and must be approved by the director of the Mershon Center. We will accept up to two visiting scholars per year.

For those approved, we will provide office space, library access, computing privileges, some administrative assistance, as well as reimbursement of up to $2,000 for research and academic-related travel. We will also cover visa application costs, if required. Mershon visitors are expected to attend Mershon Center events, interact with other Mershon affiliated faculty, participate in the intellectual life of The Ohio State University, and present an informal seminar on their research during the early part of their visit.

Application Instructions

Please send all the following materials to

  • Description of the research to be conducted during the visit
  • Letter of support from one of the research cluster leadership teams
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Visa information (if required)

Questions regarding the visiting scholars program at the Mershon Center should be sent to


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