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Visiting Scholars

As part of its global mission to improve the quality of public policymaking through research, teaching, and policy engagement, the Sanford School of Public Policy and DCID host both short- and long-term Visiting Scholars on a highly selective basis. Preference is given to requests from universities and other research and public policy-oriented organizations with which the School has collaborative institutional relationships.

Most visiting scholars have a PhD and come to DCID to perform independent research related to their field under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Applicants should indicate their research interests and identify faculty in DCID with whom they would like to work during their time at Duke. Applicants should also include a recent curriculum vitae and their research proposal, and confirm that their funding will be sufficient to cover monthly subsistence costs, health insurance, and the School’s administrative fee (based on the length of the Scholar’s visit).

Visiting Scholars may visit DCID for up to one year, during which time they can audit classes offered by MIDP and have full access to the Duke University Libraries and computing resources in the Sanford and Rubenstein Hall Buildings. The administrative fee for visiting scholars is $6,000 per semester; the minimum monthly living expenses required by Duke University for visa issuance purposes for an individual is $2,107 per month.

Among the preconditions are:

  • The candidate must have a research proposal of interest to one of the DCID faculty and that this faculty member would be available to act as academic advisor
  • There would preferably be an institutional relationship between the candidate's employer/university and the Sanford School of Public Policy/DCID
  • The candidate would have strong command of the English language
  • The candidate would be highly recommended by professional colleagues
  • The candidate would have appropriate institutional sponsorship/financial support from his/her sponsoring organization

Interested candidates should contact Cheryl Bailey, Coordinator of Visiting Scholars, at cheryl.bailey@duke.edu. (Domestic visiting scholar applicants and applicants to the Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professorship (Armenia) program, please contact Linda Lytvinenko, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at the Sanford School.

Please include:

  • Letter/email indicating the reasons for your interest in DCID and general agreement with the principles outlined above
  • Research proposal
  • CV or resume, including your picture
  • Letter of support regarding your scholarship/policy work from two professional supervisors or colleagues
  • A copy of your top two publications
  • Proposed dates of visit
  • Funding source meeting above requirements
  • Optional: Your TOEFL or IELTS score if coming from a non-English speaking country