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Visiting Scholar

A Visiting Scholar is a scholar established in his or her field (must hold a Ph.D. or be considered a field expert) who visits Stanford from an outside institution or organization and is funded by external or personal sources (cannot be funded by Stanford).

Visiting Scholars are not employees or students of the University, and therefore are not entitled to Stanford compensation or other benefits available to regular staff, faculty or students (including health insurance).

The benefits given to visiting scholars are as follows:

  • Official affiliation with Stanford University (Stanford ID) issued to Visiting Scholars who are in residence for a minimum of one quarter. ($25 fee to be paid at the ID card office)
  • Stanford computer account
  • Library privileges
  • Use of recreational facilities
  • Graduate student housing, only if available after matriculated students are housed
  • Access to off-campus housing information
  • Audit university courses without fee, subject to permission of the instructor
  • Campus parking privileges for a fee (arranged through Parking & Transportation Services)
  • Possibility of Stanford GSE shared student space, as available**

(**Stanford GSE has two designated office space that houses seven visiting student researchers or visiting scholars. Availability for this space will depend on the start and end dates of the Visitor, and will need to be requested in advance when the application process begins. If this office is at full capacity, faculty should arrange for space in their research rooms or let the Visitor know that space is not available.)

Visiting Scholars must be recommended by a faculty member in the School for a fixed-term designation of Visiting Scholar. Faculty will recommend the appointment for approval by the Area Committee and the Deans. A limited number of appointments are available each year. Interested scholars should contact specific faculty directly regarding the possibility of such an appointment, and faculty can work with the Academic Services Coordinator to begin the appointment process. See also the Research Policy Handbook regarding visiting scholar appointments:

Other off-campus housing resources for Visiting Scholars

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