Courtesy Appointments

Courtesy appointees are members of the Brandeis community who are not paid, but who require a formal affiliation with Brandeis for an academic purpose such as research, special academic use of the Brandeis facilities, or other special arrangements.

They must have a Brandeis faculty sponsor who is responsible for supervising the appointee.

Appointments are usually given for one year, though appointees may be reappointed annually as necessary. These are academic appointments issued under the Office of the Provost.

There are three Titles for Courtesy Appointees:

  • Visiting Research Scholar (an individual doing post-Baccalaureate or post-Master’s research in any field or while pursuing a PhD degree)
  • Visiting Research Scientist (a PhD, usually in the sciences, or a person highly skilled with years of experience within a field of study)
  • Visiting Student Researcher (High School student or Undergraduate student performing research under supervision).

All courtesy appointments are academic appointments and must be initiated in Workday by the department sponsoring the appointment. As we transition to the Workday business process, Postdoctoral Services requires that the Recommendation for Courtesy Appointment form be completed and uploaded to the academic appointment in Workday (fillable forms are available in the right-hand margin).

General Workday information can be found at:

Any questions on the Workday appointment process should be directed to the Workday Help Desk:

Also, the Brandeis Workday website offersJob Aids on how to add a courtesy appointment:
scroll down to Other Employment and click on “Add Courtesy Appointment”
Please note: visiting academic appointments that receive a stipend are processed through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (please contact them directly):


Contact information for Courtesy Appointments:
Wajiha Chaudhry
Office of Research Administration: Postdoctoral Scholars