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Visiting Scholar Award

Visiting Scholar, Stanford Neurosciences Institute
Ian Terpin / University Communications

The Stanford 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, SNI offers a Visiting Scholar Award.

The SNI 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 an SNI-affiliated faculty member who has agreed to host the visitor.

Please submit a one-page proposal that includes:

  • 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
  • Hosting faculty must be affiliated with Stanford 

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:

Tanya Raschke, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Planning and Operations
Stanford Neurosciences Institute

Questions regarding the SNI Visiting Scholar Award may be directed to Tanya Raschke, tel: 650-725-5926, email: