There are two ordered criteria: 1) Institutional affiliation and agreement. That is, the visitor needs some university or other appropriate institutional affiliation and this institution agrees with his/her visit here. 2) Institutional financial support, from us, from the visitor's institution, government, or other third party sources - not personal funds. The first criteria is a basic filter rule. The second has some flexibility. However, to be paid from us, they have to be eligible for a paid position, have the proper visa, etc.
Visiting LRDC is an institutional arrangement and visitors need institutional support from their university (or some other institution) or ours. This policy protects visitors from financial pressure that could adversely affect the visitor and embarrass the university. Equally important, permitting only institutionally supported visits provides one of the guidelines for allocating limited space and resources in LRDC, along with the promise a visit holds for productive collaborative work.
Of course, LRDC does not want to discourage visiting scholars. Visitors can come without institutional support for short periods of time--a limit of 4 months, which is a whole term. Also, LRDC is willing to waive the requirement when there is a good reason to do so, e.g. a senior scholar with a research collaboration and adequate personal funding.
Visitors (Visiting Scholars/Fellows/Researchers) to LRDC may be US citizens or international.
Most visitors must complete a Visitors' Agreement.
In the event of a short-term visit, please note the following, from the Provost's Office, under Purpose of Visit, section 2: "Brief Escorted Visit. In the case of a short, escorted visit to campus, no agreement may be required, but compliance with other University policies on clearing foreign national visitors and laboratory safety requirements need to be followed. Please contact De Ivanhoe, 412 624-7022 prior to inviting a visitor, with their full name and institution, so she may perform the Export Control screening.
International visitors will, for the most part, require a visa.