Visiting Scholars

Scholars affiliated with other academic or research institutions may apply for unpaid residencies with the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. Visiting scholars pursue their research projects at Stanford, engage with affiliated faculty, and participate in Abbasi Program events and intellectual life at Stanford. Visitors may be in residence for up to one academic year.


Visiting scholars must have an ongoing affiliation with, an outside academic or research institution or organization.

Additionally, a doctoral degree or recognized research-related expertise in your field and a source of financial support from outside Stanford University (as appointment as a Visiting Scholar does not include any Stanford salary) is also required.

  • Title and Stanford affiliation as “Visiting Scholar”
  • Access to University Libraries and Archives
  • Access to athletics and fitness facilities
  • University ID card
  • Auditing university courses without a fee; subject to instructor approval
  • Campus parking privileges (for a fee)
  • University email account (for a fee)

To apply, identify affiliated faculty who may serve as sponsors and submit an application with a research proposal and proof of funding.

Additional materials are required for visas for international visitors.

Applications for visits that fall during the next academic year (September-June) are due by May 15.

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