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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 (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

Current Scholars

Dr. Catherine Honeyman is managing director of Ishya Consulting, a Rwanda-based consulting firm specializing in education and youth livelihoods. In Rwanda, Honeyman provided support to the Ministry of Education and Rwanda Education Board, and worked on projects for Save the Children, Global Communities, Plan International, the Education Development Center and VVOB. She has also conducted or coordinated education and research projects in Brazil, Colombia, Honduras and the United States. While at DCID, Honeyman will be managing the development of UNESCO/IIEP’s Plan4Learning site, an online portal for education decision-makers dedicated to planning for improved learning. She will also be completing a book manuscript titled The Orderly Entrepreneur: Creativity, Credentials and Controls in Rwanda, forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2016. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a distributed minor in business and applied economics.

Hyunsoo Kim, from South Korea, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) specializing in fundraising strategies, ethical fundraising and nonprofit management. She is currently working as a consultant and lecturer for nonprofit organizations and fundraising. Her clients have included the Arts Council of Korea, Community Chest of Korea, Seoul Asan Medical Center and the Purme Foundation. She has lectured on fundraising strategies, strategic planning, and ethical fundraising for nonprofits, and was also a lecturer in the department of art management at Sangmyung University. Kim previously worked as a senior development officer for the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). She earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Yonsei University and a master’s degree in economics from the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University. She completed her Ph.D. courses at the School of Business, Hanyang University, and obtained her CFRE in 2012. While at Duke, Kim intends to focus on philanthropy as a field of academic inquiry, trends in U.S. funding strategies, and cultural differences in philanthropy between the U.S. and her country.