Visiting Researchers and Scholars

Our Program

Our Blockchain Visiting Researcher Program is established as a way to invite academic researchers and industry practitioners from around the world into our rich base of resources. 

We pride ourselves on the network of scholars we attract and our ability to facilitate connections between partners for value sharing and co-creation. 

The 2020 cohort size is limited to 10 Visiting Scholars.


Visiting Scholars embed within Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator and Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (S/CET). They access all resources from the School of Engineering and Haas Business School. 

S/CET also offers the Alternative Protein Lab, Sports Technology Lab, Data Science Lab, 13+ courses in entrepreneurship around emerging technologies and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

The deadline to apply is February 20, 2020 for international candidates and March 30, 2020 for US-based candidates who do not require a visa. 

Program Summary


UC Berkeley Campus

Application Deadline

International Candidates: 

 August 31, 2020 for Spring 2021

Domestic Candidates not requiring visa processing:

September 30, 2020 for Spring 2021

Program Duration

Option 1 Fall Semester: 

August 1 - December 15, 2020

Option 2 Extended:

August 1, 2020-June 30, 2021

Option 3 Spring Semester: January 1 - May 15, 2021

Program Fee

Option 1 or 3 -  One Semester: 



Option 2 Extended:

August 1, 2020-June 30, 2021




Meaningful Work

Advance Your Work

Advance your work related to blockchain. This experience is akin to a fellowship, sabbatical, executive training, innovation training, etc.

Present Your Research

Research outputs often include reports, conference publications, industry presentations and tangible products.

Share Your Knowledge

Potentially guest lecture or co-teach in our programs, collaborating with other educators. 

Take Intiative

Collaborate with the Blockchain at Berkeley student group to conduct research, consulting and curriculum development. 

Build Berkeley Connections

Connect with Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, which sponsors a variety of events and activities on campus.

Gather Resources

Become eligible to take advantage of funding and support resources at other UC Berkeley departments.

Ecosystem Immersion

Take Your Time

Spend up to 9 months at S/CET with programs running from April 1 to November 20, 2020 (summer holiday period will be the month of July with no formal programming).

Audit Our Courses

Audit one course per semester with prior approval while on campus. Drop in on any S/CET classes that relate to blockchain. 

Join Our Programs

Attend cohort programs and private events of Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator (e.g. lectures from industry leaders, company founders, technology experts and investors). 

Expand Your Network

Access a variety of events on campus and around the ecosystem such as SF Blockchain Week, Crypto Economics Securities Conference and Simon Institute Proofs, Consensus and Decentralized Society Workshops. 


In our first year, Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator received over 200 applications from entrepreneurs. We are running Cohort #2 and will launch Cohort #3 in 2020. Our Visiting Scholar program just launched and we are sourcing the first participants to start in 2020. 

Please complete the application form below. Send us a current CV, Statement of Research and biographical information. Program fees are ~$12,200 for any period up to nine months, which includes visa application fees.

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