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Visitors Program

The Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development welcomes visitors from leading academic and research-oriented organizations for periods from one quarter to one year.

Visitors are provided with office space in the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building  and have many opportunities for intellectual exchange with Center faculty affiliates and the broader Stanford research community.

During their stay, visitors will be able to participate in seminar series and workshops across campus and disseminate their work through the Center’s working paper series [link to working papers].They are also invited to engage with the policy and business communities during events held at the Center.

The time at the Center is intended to expand a visitor’s network of collaborators and mentors and to generate fresh and innovative research that can lead to real-world impacts on global poverty.

Visitors will have no teaching obligations, but will be requested to hold weekly office hours for students, publicized in advance, and to engage in their host department and in Center events.

Applications to the Visitors Program for the 2018-19 academic year will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2017. Please note that applications require a letter of nomination from a Stanford faculty member.

The application will include the following information:

  • prospective visitor’s CV
  • proposed dates of visit
  • contact information for two academic references
  • a one-to-two page letter of request from the prospective visitor, which includes a brief description of research projects the visitor intends to work on during his/her visit and the names of people at Stanford with whom the visitor wishes to interact
  • a letter of nomination from a Stanford faculty member detailing how the proposed visit will be of value to both Stanford and the visitor (the letter of nomination can be attached to the online application or sent to Irina Lechtchinskaia at or to 366 Galvez Street, Room 310A, Stanford, CA 94305).
  • information on the amount of funding requested (if any); requests to buy off time will not be considered