The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) sponsors visas and privileges at Stanford University Libraries for senior scholars conducting research on Latin America. Visiting Scholars are selected through a competitive process on the basis of academic qualifications, the quality of research plans, and the relevance of both to the Center's mission and objectives. CLAS welcomes applications from visiting scholars from around the world, and over the years has hosted visitors from Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the US. 

Visiting Scholar appointments do not include financial assistance and office facilities at CLAS are only available as space allows. Inquiries and applications are considered throughout the year.



  • Applicants for Visiting Scholar status must hold a doctorate AND a current academic appointment at a university or research institution
  • Academic Program: A one-page proposal explaining in detail the reason of interest in becoming a scholar at CLAS, and the line of research to follow while associated with the University. Proposals should state how the proposed research benefits from Stanford's unique resources such as libraries, faculty, and academic programs
  • Letter of Sponsoring Faculty: Letter  from a Stanford University faculty member endorsing the application
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of English proficiency (see attached below) -  This requirement is satisfied by 1) a recognized English test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS); 2) a signed document or letter from an academic institution or English school attesting to language proficiency; 3) a documented interview conducted by the nominating faculty, by videoconferencing or by telephone.

All materials should be submitted in English. Complete applications must be sent electronically to

For further information please contact CLAS Associate Director, Elizabeth Sáenz-Ackermann.

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