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Funding Opportunities for Faculty & Visiting Scholars

Stanford Global Studies centers and programs offer a variety of funding opportunities for faculty as well as visiting scholars. Visiting scholars who wish to conduct research at Stanford who already have external funding, can contact our centers and programs directly, and should thoroughly review the university guidelines for Visiting Scholars and reimbursement requests.

Below is a list of opportunities for faculty, visiting scholars, and recent Ph.D. graduates offered by SGS centers and programs.

Stanford Global Studies

Course Innovation Grants

SGS course innovation grants support the development of new courses that focus on substantive topics of regional or global interest for the following academic year. The goal is to spur the design of courses that can appeal to large numbers of students or reach students early in their academic trajectory. SGS supports both the development of new courses, as well as courses that seek to incorporate a study abroad component in partnership with the Bing Overseas Studies Program.

France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

Each year, the France-Stanford Center offers more than $200,000 in funding for interdisciplinary research projects that bring together scholars based in French Institutions and Stanford University. The application window for the following academic year opens in November and closes in March.

Visiting Junior Scholar Fellowship

For France or Stanford-based postdoctoral students as well as scholars who have completed a Ph.D. no more than three years from the date of applying for the fellowship and who hold a tenure-track/permanent (rather than post-doctoral) position.

Collaborative Research Projects

The France-Stanford Center funds research projects with the potential to develop new interdisciplinary collaborations involving junior researchers and faculty. Applications must be submitted jointly by researchers affiliated with a French institution and researchers in any Stanford department.

Conferences and Events

The center also funds conferences and workshops, to be held at Stanford or at any French research institution, that address significant issues of common interest to French and Stanford scholars. The topics proposed may be either historical or contemporary in their temporal focus and relevant to the two societies.

Center for East Asian Studies

Chinese Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

This one-year fellowship is open to scholars in the humanities and social sciences studying any historical period. Applicants must have been awarded their Ph.D. no later than August 31 the year in which the fellowship begins, and may not be more than four years beyond receipt of the doctoral degree at the start of their fellowship. This fellowship may also be awarded to those who hold continuing, assistant professor-level teaching positions, if they meet other application qualifications. Fellows are required to be in residence in the Stanford; to teach one course during the academic year; and to participate in all regular center activities. The fellowship begins on September 1, and the deadline is in January.

Visiting Scholars

The Center for East Asian Studies hosts a small number of visiting scholars each year who reside in the area and conduct research in consultation with a Stanford faculty member. Normally in residence for one academic year, scholars work independently on their own research projects while participating at CEAS events and in the intellectual life at Stanford. To become a Visiting Scholar at CEAS, applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree, currently have an academic appointment at another institution of higher learning, have a confirmed Stanford faculty sponsor, show proof of financial support equal to a minimum of $2,500 per month for the entire length of their visit, and pay the CEAS Visiting Scholar Fee ($1,500 for stays of 90+ days, and $500 for stays of <90 days).

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Wayne Vucinich Fellowship

During this 12 week residential fellowship at the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), the Vucinich Fellow is expected to pursue her or his independent research and to participate actively in the scholarly activities of the center. The fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives as well as a community of scholars at Stanford. The fellow will also hold a lecture, seminar or workshop on his or her research. The fellowship is open to scholars in any discipline whose research focuses on historical or contemporary topics in Russia, East Europe, the Caucasus, or Central Asia. Scholars who have received the Ph.D. within the past 5 years are eligible to apply. Applications open in September and close in November, the fellowship takes place between January and June.

Taube Center for Jewish Studies

Visiting Scholar Program

The center seeks to provide a supportive context for scholars from other universities and institutions seeking to do Jewish Studies related research at Stanford. Visiting scholars may either self-nominate or be nominated by faculty affiliates of the Taube Center. The individual must be visiting from, and have an ongoing affiliation with, an outside academic or research institution or organization, and must have a doctoral degree or recognized research-related expertise in Jewish Studies. The source of salary funding for the applicant must not be Stanford University. Visiting scholars must also adhere to the overall Stanford University policy on visiting scholars

Dr. Eli Reinhard Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The center invites applications from people from any disciplinary background whose research interests would complement and contribute to the ongoing efforts of our faculty and our students, and whose work promises to make a significant contribution to the field of Jewish Studies. This two year fellowship will provide a minimum annual salary of $65,000, and will include benefits. This is a full-time position, housed in the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. The fellow will be expected to be in residence at Stanford, and to be an active member of our scholarly community. This includes being available to students participating in the Colloquium on Jews, Judaism, and Jewish Culture, and presenting one public lecture each year. Opportunities to teach will also be considered. Applicants must have earned the PhD within the past 3 years. Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously held another post-doctoral appointment. Applications are due in November. 

Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies

Zahedi Family Fellowship

This 12 week residential fellowship focuses on the new Zahedi Archive (which includes both diplomatic correspondence and collected photos) at Stanford University’s Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. During the fellowship period, the Zahedi Fellow is expected to pursue her or his independent research in residency and to hold a lecture, seminar or workshop on his or her research, organized by the Iranian Studies Program. The Zahedi fellow will have access to Stanford University Libraries and the Hoover Institution Library and Archives as well as a community of scholars at Stanford. Fluency in Persian is required. Terminal degree or equivalent experience is required. The fellowship is open to scholars and artists working on the modern history of Iran, particularly the period of 1941 to 1979. Preference will be given to scholars who have worked on aspects of modern Iranian foreign policy, history, and culture. The fellowship funds international travel, health insurance, and visa support, and a $12,000 stipend for living expenses.

Center for Latin American Studies

Faculty-Led Events

This fund offers faculty and students from Stanford as well as other institutions the opportunity to present their current research and explore topics of common intellectual concern. Events may be open to the Stanford community and the general public where appropriate. We invite proposals ranging from $500 to $10,000 for collaborative workshops, symposia, colloquia, conferences, and lectures on Latin American topics for the academic year. 

Faculty Field Research Travel Grant

The center invites proposals for Stanford faculty-led research in Latin America.  Grants range from $500-$2000 for approved proposals. Priority is given to proposals involving field participation of Stanford students and/or have secured additional institutional support.

Tinker Visiting Professorship

Tinker Visiting Professors teach classes in their areas of expertise, give lectures to Stanford audiences, and share their knowledge and research on a wide range of topics that are of concern to Latin Americans. They receive a competitive  salary, housing allowance,  economy class round-trip airfare,  and an assigned course assistant. Additionally, they may request funding to attend a conference in the U.S. and/or to organize a symposium or conference at Stanford. Open to leading scholars or experts in any academic field. Nominees must be from a Latin American or an Iberian country (Spain or Portugal), or Canada. Canadian nominations are limited to experts on Latin American themes. Nominations of female scholars highly encouraged. Complete nominations must be submitted by Stanford faculty. Nominations are due in January for the following year.

Nabuco Brazilian Studies Visiting Professor

The Nabuco Visiting Professorship is intended primarily for individuals currently teaching in or affiliated with an academic institution in Brazil, but independent scholars may apply. Members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. Nabuco Visiting Professor applicants may propose to lecture, teach a one-unit course or co-teach a course with a Stanford faculty, and engage in research at Stanford University during one to three weeks, enriching the school´s teaching and research on Brazil, while benefiting from collaborative opportunities and resources at Stanford University. Applicants must hold a doctorate and a current academic appointment at a university or research institution.  Independent scholars and practitioners may request to have this requirement waived based on their professional trajectory. Applications are open in June and July for the following year. 

Latin American Perspectives Lecturer

Latin American Perspectives Lecturer applicants may propose to lecture, teach a one-unit course or co-teach a course with a Stanford faculty, and engage in research at Stanford University for one month, enriching the school's teaching and research on Latin America, while benefiting from collaborative opportunities and resources at Stanford University. Appointees receive a round trip economy class airfare, housing subsidy, and a modest monthly stipend. Applicants for the Latin American Perspectives Lecturership must hold a doctorate AND a current academic appointment at a university or research institution.

Visiting Researchers

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) sponsors visas and privileges at Stanford University Libraries for senior scholars conducting research on Latin America. Applicants for Visiting Scholar status must hold a doctorate and a current academic appointment at a university or research institution. Visiting Scholar appointments do not include financial assistance and office facilities at CLAS are only available as space allows. Inquiries and applications are considered throughout the year.