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Visiting Scholar Awards

Visiting Scholar, Stanford Neurosciences Institute

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute seeks to understand how the brain gives rise to mental life and behavior, and to employ that knowledge to enhance human potential and alleviate suffering through applications in medicine, education, law and business.  These goals will be achieved through interdisciplinary collaborations and the exchange of ideas, materials and techniques.  Recognizing that scholars visiting on sabbatical are a key opportunity for collaboration, the Institute offers a Visiting Scholar Award.

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Visiting Scholar Award grants up to $10,000 per visitor, and the institute will fund up to five scholars, based on merit, per year.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applications should be submitted on behalf of the visiting scholar by a Neurosciences Institute-affiliated faculty member who has agreed to host the visitor.

A visiting scholar application includes a one-page proposal and the visitor's CV and must be submitted by the hosting faculty. Hosting faculty must be affiliated with Stanford. Awarded visiting scholars and their hosts are required to submit a post-visit report on their research and community activies during their stay at Stanford.

The one-page proposal should include:

  • Name, contact information, position and home institution of the visitor
  • Name and contact information of the host faculty member at Stanford
  • Dates and duration of the visit
  • Brief description of why hosting the visitor is valuable to the broader neuroscience community
  • A specific plan of contributions the visitor will make to the Stanford neuroscience community. The plan may include:
    • Presenting public talks
    • Contributions to teaching
    • Student / Postdoc collaborations
    • Other activities with tangible community benefit
  • Include a copy of the visitor's CV with the proposal.

Criteria for evaluation of proposals include:

  1. The visiting scholar should have broad appeal to benefit the Stanford neurosciences community and hosted by Stanford faculty.
  2. Visiting scholars with research interests that bridge a key interface between the basic and clinical neurosciences and (a) engineering, the physical sciences, mathematics and statistics, (b) chemical & molecular biology and genetics or (c) the social sciences, humanities, law, business and education are preferred.
  3. A minimum stay of one month (30 days) at Stanford.
  4. Interaction of the visiting scholar with the broader community through lectures, class appearances, postdoc or student journal club visits, etc. is strongly desired.

Proposals should be submitted to:

Elise Kleeman, PhD
Scientific Program Manager
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
ekleeman@stanford.edu