Visiting Scholars

The Finance Department hosts a number of visiting scholars, including PhD students and faculty from other universities. The major criterion for being selected as a visiting scholar is to have a member of our standing faculty serve as a liaison. The Finance department generally provides visiting scholars with (shared) office space and access to various computer resources. The number of accepted applications is thus restricted by the availability of office space.

Please review below for what is required to apply as a visiting scholar. Please email the required documents to Britton Helmuth,  helmuth@wharton.upenn.edu .  Thank you.

An application will consist of:

  1. Academic transcripts for students who wish to visit; a CV for faculty who wish to visit
  2. A request for a specific time to visit (begin date and end date)
  3. A brief statement (not to exceed two pages) written by the applicant explaining the purpose and goals of the visit
  4. A brief statement (one or two paragraphs) from a member of the standing faculty in Finance agreeing to serve as the visiting scholar’s liaison. This statement should describe why the liaison thinks that the applicant should be a visiting scholar, including any potential benefits to individual faculty, graduate students, or the department in general.
  5. A recommendation letter from a faculty member at the applicant’s home institution.

We recognize that some applicants (most likely faculty who wish to visit from other institutions) may need a long lead time to secure funding or make other arrangements for their visit. However, other applicants may not be in a position to apply for a visit until later in the academic year prior to the academic year of their visit. Therefore, there will be two application cycles per year. Applications for the first cycle will be due December 1 of the academic year prior to the academic year of the visit. Applications for the second cycle will be due by April 1 of the academic year prior to the academic year of the visit.

Applications will be reviewed by the coordinator of the PhD program in Finance and the Chair of the Finance Department, perhaps in consultation with other faculty as deemed appropriate.