Information for Prospective Visiting Faculty and Researchers Professors and professional researchers may visit Columbia for a period up to one year in Visiting Scholar status. Click here for details about Visiting Scholar status at Columbia University. Political scientists should direct preliminary inquiries about Visiting Scholar sponsorship to the proposed faculty sponsor or to Elizabeth Howe. In most cases, students and scholars do not require Visiting Scholar status to access Columbia libraries. Please consult the Library Information Office for details about Columbia libraries access for non-affiliates. Information about visiting for prospective students, groups, and tourists is available here.