Visiting Scientists and Visiting Scholars

What is a Visiting Scientist or Visiting Scholar?

As outlined in Policy GR081, a Visiting Scientist or Visiting Scholar is a visitor, or someone who is not

  1. a Northwell Health employee,
  2. a student of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, or
  3. or a student participating in a formal educational affiliation with Northwell Health,

AND conducting research or similar scholarly activity for a specified period of time on campus or within facilities affiliated or owned by Northwell Health or School of Medicine.

  • A Visiting Scientist is primarily occupied with research in the field indicated.
  • A Visiting Scholar is either a student matriculated in an educational program or a person seeking training in research or similar scholarly activity.

Why does this process exist?

A visitor, as defined above, may apply to become a Visiting Scientist or Visiting Scholar in order to work with a Faculty/Employee Sponsor and have access to Northwell Health or School of Medicine research facilities, resources and faculty.

What are the responsibilities of Visiting Scientists and Visiting Scholars?

Visiting Scientists and Visiting Scholars have the same responsibilities as all other Northwell Health employees and must follow all applicable Northwell Health and School of Medicine policies and procedures and sponsor and federal regulations. In addition, Visiting Scientists/Visiting Scholars must abide by the terms of the fully executed Visiting Scientist/Visiting Scholar Application and Agreement.

What are the responsibilities of Faculty/Employee Sponsors?

Faculty/Employee Sponsors are responsible for ensuring that a fully executed Visiting Scientist/Visiting Scholar Application and Agreement is in place prior to the Visiting Scientist/Visiting Scholar engaging in any work or conducting any research activities at Northwell Health or School of Medicine. During the visiting appointment, the Faculty/Employee Sponsor is responsible for supervising the Visiting Scientist/Visiting Scholar to ensure that he/she is conducting work appropriately and meeting all applicable requirements, such completing appropriate orientation and training and utilizing proper safety precautions.

How can I become a Visiting Scientist or Visiting Scholar?

  1. Find a mentor (Faculty/Employee Sponsor)!

For those of you interested in conducting research at Staten Island University Hospital, you can contact the Staten Island University Hospital Research Department at SIUHResearch@northwell.edu in order to be matched with a mentor.

If you are interested in conducting research at any other facility, you are responsible for finding your own mentor.

  1. Have your Faculty/Employee Sponsor contact Emilia Hristis at 516-562-3405 or ehristis@northwell.edu to get started.
  2. Complete the visiting scientist/visiting scholar application and agreement and supplemental forms (all of which are electronically routed to you via email).
  3. Receive medical clearance and be cleared for performance of research by Research Administration.
  4. Complete site specific and general research orientations.
  5. Begin conducting research as a Visiting Scientist or Visiting Scholar.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

You can contact Emilia Hristis at (516) 562-3405 or ehristis@northwell.edu for any questions you have about the Visiting Scientist or Visiting Scholar process.