Visiting Scholars Program

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As an internationally engaged law school, Osgoode’s Visiting Scholars Program hosts a diverse range of outstanding visiting scholars and researchers from around the world.  The program provides scholars and researchers with an opportunity to focus on their research development, work alongside some of the most distinguished legal scholars in the country, as well as get absorbed in the Law School’s culture and events.

Programs for Visitors

Osgoode currently offers two formal programs for those who wish to visit the Law School for a sustained period.  Please note that Osgoode prioritizes visitors from partner institutions and those with other existing connections to the Law School.

Visiting Scholar

Academic visiting scholars or practitioners, who visit the Law School to work on their research, or teach a course, collaborate with Osgoode faculty members, and contribute to the research and academic life at Osgoode.  These visits are not normally be longer than one academic term.

Visiting Researcher

Current LLM or PhD, or post-doctoral researchers working in an area of interest to the Law School and its community. This program is available to students who wish to visit the Law School to work on their research, connect with faculty mentors, collaborate with graduate peers, and contribute to the vibrant intellectual culture at the Law School.  These visits are not normally be longer than 0ne to two months.

Application Process

The application deadline for both streams are as follows: For visits during the Fall (September-December) or Winter (January – April) academic term applications must be received on or before February 28th. Applications for visits during the Summer (May-August) academic term must be received on or before October 31st.

Exceptions may be requested in conjunction with applications that must be submitted early to meet the requirements of prospective funding sources. Under extenuating circumstances, an applicant may  also submit a request to have an application evaluated outside of these time frames, if the visit is under one month. In all cases, however, applicants should anticipate that a response will take approximately eight weeks.

If you are interested in applying as a Visiting Scholar or Researcher, please complete our online application form.  As a part of the application process, the following documents will also be required with your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  2. Sample of your academic writing in English (abstract; journal article)
  3.  Copy of your TOEFL/IELTS results (if applicable, please see requirements below)


Immigration Fee: Effective August 1, 2016 visitors will be charged a fee of $230 if we are required to process an Offer of Employment number on your behalf through Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC). Full payment of fees is due upon arrival.

Program Fee: There is an administrative program fee of $130 per semester that will apply to all approved applications.

Language Proficiency

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score is required for applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed at least three years of full-time study at a post-secondary institution or in a country where English is the official language of instruction.

To be considered, applicants must possess a Total Score not less than 93, with a minimum of 22 for Writing and 22 for Speaking. Alternatively, Osgoode will also accept test results of the academic test format offered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). IELTS results should be no less than 7.0 in the academic format.

Please Note:
All visitors must complete the application process and obtain an official invitation letter prior to visiting Osgoode.

There are no classes in session during the summer, from May to August.