Blockchain Visiting Researchers and Scholars

Visiting Researcher

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 (SCET). They access all resources from the School of Engineering and Haas Business School.

SCET 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 for the Fall 2021 Semester is April 30, 2021 for both international and US-based candidates who do not require a visa.


Program Summary


UC Berkeley Campus

Application Deadline

International Candidates: 

October 15, 2021 for Spring 2022

Domestic Candidates not requiring visa processing:

 October 30, 2021 for Spring 2022

Program Duration

Due to the continuing uncertainty around COVID-19, we are currently only planning for Spring 2022 Semester:

January 11 - May 15, 2022

Program Fee

UC Berkeley

Spring 2022 Semester:

Total cost ~$9,220



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

Due to the uncertainty around COVID, we are currently limiting planning to 1 semester, but should conditions improve there may be opportunities to extend your stay at Berkeley.

Audit Our Courses

Audit one course per semester with prior approval while on campus. Drop in on any SCET 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 1.5 year, Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator received over 350 team applications from entrepreneurs around the world. We have just completed Cohort #3 in October 2020, albeit virtually due to COVID.

Our Visiting Scholar program launched in late 2019, and received numerous applications from around the world.  Due to COVID we are delaying in person activities with visitors to Fall 2021.  We feel scholars and researchers would be best served by UC Berkeley through "in person" attendance on our campus.

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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