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International Visitors Program

The Stanford Humanities Center and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) will offer up to six short-term residencies to international scholars in the academic year 2017-18. Four visitors are co-sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center and FSI, with up to two additional visitors sponsored solely by the Humanities Center. Residencies will be approximately four weeks. 

The purpose of the residencies is to bring to Stanford leading scholars who are of particular interest to departments and other units on campus and who fit within the respective missions of the Humanities Center and FSI. Often, these experts are working in similar fields or on complementary projects to their campus counterparts. During their stay, the international scholars are asked to share their research through a series of presentations, and engage with faculty and students to develop ongoing intellectual collaborations.

Stanford departments, programs, and research centers and institutes are each eligible to nominate one candidate for consideration for a residency. A committee convened by the Humanities Center and FSI will select fellows from among the candidates. Visitors are chosen for their ability to expose the campus to new and relevant research agendas or geographic regions, and the likelihood that the residency will result in lasting scholarly contributions. Especially appropriate are candidates who are finishing a project and are in position to share the results with colleagues on campus. 

International visitors are awarded a generous stipend, which encompasses housing and travel expenses, for the duration of their one-month residency. As active participants in Stanford’s intellectual community, they have an office at the Humanities Center, eat lunch daily with the Center fellows, and take part in workshops, meetings, and lectures at both the Humanities Center and FSI. Visitors are fully integrated into campus life, leading sections in Stanford undergraduate and graduate classes, giving lectures and presentations on their areas of expertise, carrying out joint projects with Stanford colleagues, and spending time in the research libraries and archives.

Q&As with international visitors

View current and former international visitors

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Fellowships International Visitors

Support the International Visitors Program

The International Visitors Program helps strengthen Stanford’s ties with universities worldwide. Expendable gifts are critical to the program's existence.

Naming Opportunities
A pledge of $20,000 a year for three years will name an international visitor each year during that period. This amount provides comprehensive support for the visitor’s residency.

Expendable Gifts
Expendable funds are critical to sustaining core aspects of this vital program. Gifts of $10,000 will fund the stipend for one international visitor. Gifts of $5,000 will fund housing or travel expenses for one international visitor.

General Gifts
Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted and provide essential programmatic support. These can be made online.

Information for Nominating Departments

Eligibility
Stanford departments, programs, and research centers and institutes are each eligible to nominate one candidate for a residency for the following academic year through their chair or director. Preference will be given to departments, programs and research centers that did not host an FSI/Humanities Center visitor during the previous year.

Nominating units are asked to commit to hosting at least one activity (and preferably more) with the candidate, should the nomination be successful. Examples of such activities include: student workshops, faculty discussion sessions, departmental lectures, participation in departmental colloquia, etc. Visitors may not offer courses for credit.

Selections will be made by a committee convened by the Humanities Center and FSI. Especially appropriate are candidates who are finishing a project and are in a position to share the results with colleagues on campus.

Nomination Process
Nominations by Stanford organizations should include:

  • Brief rationale for nomination (approximately 500-1,000 words) submitted by the department chair or program director including a précis of the candidateʼs profile and an explanation of how the candidate would fit with the respective missions of the Humanities Center and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI). Preferably, a nomination should also include a note of support from one of the FSI centers or programs, if relevant. 
  • Nomineeʼs CV, preferably in .pdf format. 
  • A commitment from the nominating unit to host two events with the candidate if he or she is selected, along with a brief proposal for a possible activity (no more than one paragraph). Examples of such activities include: student workshops, faculty discussion sessions, departmental lectures, participation in departmental colloquia, etc. Note that these visitors may not offer courses for credit.
  • Additional letters of support from other Stanford units, particularly ones affiliated with FSI, indicating that the candidate would be of interest to their community, may also be submitted. 

Deadline: Nominations must be submitted by Friday, October 27, 2017 to Kelda Jamison.