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A Visiting Graduate Researcher (VGR) is an individual, domestic or international, who is: (1) enrolled as degree-seeking graduate student at a non-University of California institution and maintaining satisfactory advancement towards the completion of his or her academic degree, and (2) invited to conduct short-term doctoral research or participate in a “prescribed course of study” such as a mentored or independent research project or master’s research collaborations with a faculty member at UCLA.
All Visiting Graduate Researchers must be sponsored by UCLA faculty who are members of the Academic Senate (i.e., eligible to mentor doctoral students).
The purpose of the VGR’s visit must be at least one of the following:
Please note: UC graduate students visiting UCLA for research or courses complete the intercampus exchange process rather than hold a VGR appointment.
See the VGR Program comparison with No Degree Objective (NDO) graduate student status table for similarities and differences between each.
VGRs may conduct research at UCLA for a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of two years. The initial appointment period is for up to one year. Reappointment for up to one additional year is contingent upon approval by the faculty mentor and the availability of appropriate resources.
International VGRs must work with the host department to apply for a J-1 non-degree student visa following the Graduate Division’s provisional approval of the application. Applicants with B and J-2 visas are not eligible for VGR status. The Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) has information on J-1 non-degree student visa requirements.
International visitors must present evidence of financial support that covers the minimum financial amount for program fees and living expenses for the duration of their program activity. A ‘substantial’ portion (at least 51%) of their funding must come from a source other than personal or family funds. Such funds may be identified as a scholarship, fellowship, or a grant/award from the student’s home university, a government or nongovernment agency or other organization. If some or all of the non-personal funds are to be provided by UCLA, the hosting department must provide a letter specifying the fund source, level and duration of the support.