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 $2,361.45 per month.


  • The candidate must have a research proposal of interest to one of the DCID faculty, and this faculty must be available to advise the scholar
  • The candidate must have a strong command of the English language
  • The candidate must be highly recommended by professional colleagues
  • The candidate must have appropriate institutional sponsorship/financial support from his/her sponsoring organization
  • Preferably, an institutional relationship exists between the candidate’s employer/university and the Sanford School of Public Policy/DCID

How to Apply

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Francis Lethem, Professor of the Practice Emeritus, 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.

In your inquiry, 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 Visiting Scholars

Naranzul Visiting Entrepreneur

Naranzul Lkhagvasuren is the DCID Visiting Social Entrepreneur in Residence.  

Naranzul is a “mom-prenuer” and investment officer with over eleven years’ experience pursuing financial and social outcomes through impact investment in non-mining small and medium enterprises in Mongolia.

Naranzul was motivated to pursue her Cornell University Masters of Professional Studies in International Development because of her strong desire to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive agrifood system affected by her personal involvement as a founder of honey business and supporting cooperative market in Mongolia.

Before beginning her academic journey at Cornell, she was Chief Operational Officer at the Pterovis Venture Capital which was the first impact investment firm in Mongolia, where she evaluated the operational and social performance of a portfolio in non-mining sectors. At the same time, she had managed her invested Saranagoods LLC which is a social enterprise in the honey industry of Mongolia. 

Naranzul started her career in UNFAO “Partcipatory Forest Management” project in Mongolia where she has learned and motivated to work with rural communities for their income generation and holds bachelor degree in International Economic Relations from the School of Foreign Service, National University of Mongolia in 2006, and a MBA from the University of Finance and Economics of Mongolia in 2012.

While at DCID, Naranzul Lkhagvasuren will focus her research on the role of social enterprise in agri-food value chain in developing countries. 

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