The Program is open to scholars wishing to take advantage of AUR’s expertise and resources and to contribute to the mission and goals of the Graduate School:

  • postgraduate research students currently registered for a PhD at universities in any country of the world.
  • postdoctoral scholars and experienced professionals.
  • independent scholars.

Scholars are expected to have their own funding and health insurance. They are responsible for applying for the visa, as required by their nationality, and for their own accommodation. 
AUR can write a letter in support of the application.

Visiting Scholars are expected to be at AUR for at least one month.  AUR may offer a desk, if available, and access to its facilities.


The visiting scholar

  • must hold an academic position within his/her home institution or an established track record of research or professional experience.
  • must have a faculty sponsor at AUR who will oversee and guide him/her during the entire length of the visit to AUR.

The visiting scholar should apply providing the following information:

  • A one-two page proposal on research/activities to be carried out during the period of study
  • An academic CV
  • A letter from the Chair of the Department at home institution requesting to host the Visiting Scholar (for postgraduate research students and postdoctoral scholars).
  • A reference letter (for experienced professionals and independent scholars).

All proposed visits are subject to the written approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Visiting scholars will participate in the academic life of the Graduate School and may also contribute to co-teaching courses, give seminars, mentor students and give public lectures.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Inquiries and applications should be sent to the director of the program of interest. Visit our program pages for more information: Cultural Heritage, Food Studies, Peace Studies.

Past visiting scholars

Dr. Mark Alfino
A professor of philosophy from Gonzaga University in the Pacific Northwest U.S..  During the spring semester of 2020, Dr. Alfino’s visit will focus on sharing research from a collection of essays from food ethicists on animal ethics, Animal Ethics and Ethical Diets (forthcoming, Springer) and continuing research from that project on the policy implications of advocacy for the ethical treatment of animals.

Dr. Melanie Barbato 
Melanie Barbato was in Rome for library research and to conduct interviews as part of her research into high-level Hindu-Christian dialogue. The study examined how the documents of the Vatican and World Council of Churches negotiate the possible tension between theological dialogue and public diplomacy and asked what contribution high-level interreligious dialogue can make to fostering a more peaceful (world) society. 

Dilara Köksal 
Dilara Köksal, a PhD candidate in Production Management and Marketing at the Department of Business Administration in Marmara University, İstanbul, visited the Graduate School of The American University of Rome in relation to research for her dissertation titled “Value Creation in Arts Marketing and Online Art Markets”.

Carolyn Baber 
A library faculty member at San Diego State University, Carolyn Baber joined us during her research sabbatical to work on her project “From Strategy to Tactics: Making Library Strategic Plans Work.”  Project goals included (1) exploration the nature of “academic library trends” as predictors of future best practices (service models, resource profiles, professional development) and (2) development of a toolkit of small group planning activities based on active learning principles.

Julia Peters 
While a Ph.D. candidate at the department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Kent, Julia Peters was a Visiting Scholar at AUR, and she made frequent trips to Rome to conduct research on her thesis entitled: "Testaccio: the origins and value of Rome’s working-class neighbourhood."

Wenjia Liu 
Based on her research background – architecture and urban design, and some projects of Archaeological Sites planning (archaeological parks) she had previously participated in, Wenjia Li's research focused on the sustainable approaches for conserving and managing archaeological sites in rapid development of urbanization to realize the goals of urban heritage conservation and those of social and economic development.

Diana Garvin 
Diana was a Visiting Scholar at AUR while a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at Cornell University, and during her time at AUR she was a guest lecturer in the M.A. in Food Studies program and a mentor to AUR’s graduate students. Diana also made a special presentation entitled, “From Traditional Tortellini to Queer Penne: Pasta Advertising and the Changing Italian Family”, which was attended by AUR students, faculty and local food policy professionals.

Sungwoon Jung 
While a PhD candidate in East Asia Sustainable Economic Development Studies at the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Mr. Jung conducted his literature and field research in Rome and other areas in Italy, capitalizing on the food networks in this region. While at AUR, Mr. Jung presented at the Conference on Global Sustainability and Local Foods hosted by AUR and the American Academy of Rome, and gave a seminar to students in the M.A. Food Studies program about his research project on the sustainable development of alternative agri-food networks.