Photo of Prof. Luis Gomez giving a lecture at the Shinnyo-en Temple

Luis Gómez giving the Shinnyo-en Visiting Professor Lecture at the Shinnyo-en USA Head Temple on March 3, 2013. Photo credit: Irene Lin


Applying for Visiting Scholar Appointments



Visiting Scholars are appointed through the Dean’s Office of the School of Humanities and Sciences. Upon approval by the Co-Directors of HCBSS, the application will then be sponsored by the Directors and forwarded to the Dean’s Office for approval. 

Criteria for Appointment

The minimum criteria for eligibility as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University is as follows:

  • The individual must be visiting from, and affiliated with, an outside university or research institution
  • The individual must have a doctoral degree or recognized expertise in his or her field, and
  • The individual must have a source of financial support from outside Stanford University; appointments as Visiting Scholars do not include any Stanford salary. Visiting Scholars are not University employees, and the title may not be used for personnel or payroll purposes. Visiting Scholars do not receive regular compensation from the University.

Duration of Appointment

Visiting Scholar appointments are usually for up to one year and may be renewed for a second year, upon application. Shorter appointments are possible. 

Appointment Procedure

Inquiries regarding, and application for, visiting scholar status at HCBSS should be directed to:

      Dr. Irene Lin
      The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
      Building 70, Room 71E, Main Quad
      Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

Applicants should provide the following information, either by mail or e-mail:

  • Name and position
  • Institution
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Fax number
  • Period of proposed visit
  • Source of funding
  • Visa requirement: yes or no

In addition, applicants should provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page statement of the research project, including reasons for pursuing the project at Stanford and benefits to Stanford
  • Two Letters of Recommendation


Once appointed as a Visiting Scholar at HCBSS, the scholar will be given a SUNet ID and a Visiting Scholar Identification Card (available for a fee for those who are in residence for a minimum of three months). Visiting Scholars will have access to certain Stanford University Libraries and athletic facilities, the ability to audit lecture courses without fee (subject to permission of instructors), and eligibility for purchasing campus parking permits.

We expect visiting scholars to attend HCBSS events and activities. We do not provide a Stanford email account or office accommodation, but Visiting Scholars are welcome to use the library at the Center. Upon arrival, HCBSS staff will assist visitors with the required paperwork, SUNet ID set-up, and ID card application.