Visiting Scholar Program

GSA's Visiting Scholar Program is open to any member able to make a full- or part-time commitment to conduct work on a GSA project related to his or her area of expertise. The program is ideally suited for faculty taking a sabbatical leave from his or her institution; the length of service is typically expected to be one or two semesters.


The Visiting Scholar Program is designed to provide members with the opportunity to:

  • Advance GSA initiatives related to their professional interests
  • Combine their research projects with GSA's programmatic needs
  • View the aging research enterprise through the lens of the larger Society
  • Broaden their professional network

Visiting Scholars

zhangGSA's first visiting scholar was Ning Jackie Zhang, PhD, of the University of Central Florida. During the 2011–2012 academic year, he worked on GSA's China Initiative, which seeks to foster the development of collaborations between gerontologists in the U.S. and China.

“I feel the knowledge, skills, and networking I gained during this one year will benefit me. I strongly recommend this program to colleagues who are interested in seeking opportunities for career, leadership, and network development... Personally, I had opportunities to be involved with projects from all departments and programs of GSA, including conferences, journals, publications, aging policy, strategy, planning, and the China Initiative... The GSA leadership and all staff members are dedicated to fully support this program, which creates tremendous opportunities for the visiting scholar to engage in unique projects and program development.”

Join the Program

Members interested in becoming visiting scholars should contact Executive Director and CEO James Appleby at (202) 587-2821.


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