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Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective VIF's

1. How do I get started?

There are two parts: 1. handling the funding logistics; 2. identifying a professor to host you.

2. How do I find a professor to host me?

You may already know a professor based on industrial contacts or their research reputation. You may also simply search the research areas of our department website and find faculty with common interests there. Most faculty are happy to host industrial visitors; simply contact them directly by email or voicemail. Faculty are very busy and will not be expecting your email so you may have to try to mail a few times or follow up with a voicemail.

3. How do I know if I am qualified?

Visiting Industrial Fellows must have at least a Bachelorís Degree. Aside from that, faculty are looking for motivated individuals who really want to get involved in projects while they are here.

4. What can I do to better prepare myself?

English language skills are important. In order to truly benefit from your visit you will want to make sure you can follow the discussions that occur. You will also want to discuss background reading material with your host.

5. How do I choose a project? My choice or hosting Professor?

Most faculty will be willing to let you pursue your own research direction as long as it fits in with their own general research directions.

6. What is the cost?

The Berkeley EECS Affiliates Program (BEECSA) is $125,000 per year.

7. What do I need to bring?

Passport and DS2019.

8. What is provided?

A. Office space, telephone, and computer service. When you return to your firm, you will have network or dial-up access to our systems to facilitate continued contact.

B. Participation in departmental seminars and colloquia and attendance in any class in the Department (with the instructor's permission).

C. Each BEECSA member may request an annual private research review meeting at Berkeley or the Affiliate's location, with a choice of topics selected from current research in the Department.

9. How long is the appointment?

Typically it is one year.

10. Who owns my IP while I am at Berkeley?

Please see the UC Patent Policy. Upon arrival you will need to sign the UC VSPA Patent Policy and Acknowledgement Form.

11. How do I know if I am qualified?

Being a Visiting Industrial Fellow is predicated on a) an invitation from a faculty member of EECS, and b) a monetary agreement between the Company and the Department. Visiting Industrial Fellows must have at least a Bachelorís Degree.

12. How long until I receive my visa (DS2019)?

Approximately two months after all paperwork has been submitted to the EECS Department. The VIF is asked to provide the following:

(1) Application and DS2019 form

(2) Resume

(3) College Diploma

(4) A letter from your manager, stating your salary will be paid during your stay with us.

(5) The face page of your passport, showing the spelling of your name and date of birth.

13. Can I attend classes and seminars?

Yes. See question 5 above