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Visiting Scholar Program

Fall Gathering reception

Fall Gathering reception at the Vidalakis Courtyard in the Schwab Residential Center

The core mission of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies is to promote scholarship in Jewish Studies, a mission that includes the welcoming of visiting scholars with expertise in various aspects of Jewish Studies. The center seeks to provide a supportive context for scholars from other universities and institutions seeking to do Jewish Studies related research at Stanford.

Visiting scholars may either self-nominate or be nominated by faculty affiliates of the Taube Center. Nominees should provide a curriculum vitae and a cover letter that describes their goals and objectives for the time of the visiting scholar residency. Once these materials are received, visiting scholar applications must be approved by the center director in consultation with faculty—a decision made at various points over the year. A limited number of appointments are available each year and are subject to approval by the university.

Application Requirements and eligibility

  • the individual must be visiting from, and have an ongoing affiliation with, an outside academic or research institution or organization. 
  • the individual must have leave from the academic or research institution where he/she holds an appointment which will not expire prior to expiration of the Stanford appointment
  • the individual must have a doctoral degree or recognized research-related expertise in Jewish Studies
  • the source of salary funding for the individual must not be Stanford University
  • Visiting Scholars with this status are not employees or students of the University, and therefore are not entitled to Stanford compensation or other benefits available to regular staff, faculty, or students (including health insurance)
  • Visiting Scholars do not teach courses and the Taube Center cannot provide office space

Program benefits

  • Official affiliation with Stanford University (Stanford ID) issued to Visiting Scholars who are in residence for a minimum of one quarter. (fee to be paid at the ID card office)
  • Library privileges
  • Use of recreational facilities
  • Access to off-campus housing information
  • Audit university courses without fee, subject to permission of the instructor
  • Campus parking privileges for a fee (arranged through Parking & Transportation Services)

Visiting scholars must also adhere to the overall Stanford University policy on visiting scholars. All nominations or requests should be sent to