Application and Review Processes – Stanford



Persons wishing to apply for an appointment must submit an application through SCANCOR’s web-based submission system, according to the following deadlines. Please note that Danish and Finnish applicants must be affiliated with a SCANCOR member institution in those countries. PhD students who are later in their PhD program will be given greater consideration than those who have just started their program.

Applicants for all quarters are advised to plan their arrivals in advance of the start of a Stanford academic quarter and not at mid-term. Please note that SCANCOR will favor applications that have alligned their start and end dates with the Stanford academic calendar. Courses, seminars, and workshops are very difficult to enter once they have begun. Additionally, SCANCOR leadership strives for cohort cohesiveness and will hold orientations and other important meetings at the beginning of each quarter. Consult the Stanford web site for the appropriate academic calendars.

Appointments are typically for one or two Stanford quarters (maxiumum one academic year). Longer stays are generally encouraged.

*For visits Winter Quarter 2022 (January - March)

Application deadline: August 1, 2021. Decisions by end of August 2021. 

US federal government regulations require Visiting Scholars and VSRs to obtain J1 visas for the period of residence at SCANCOR. The US federal government also requests proof of funding for the time of the visit and proof of sufficient proficiency in the English such as a TOEFL score (or equivalent test) of 89 or higher or signed documentation from an academic institution or English language school.

For more information on Stanford's Visiting Scholar status, please see:

For more information on Stanford's Visiting Student Researcher status, please see: -and-

Application Review Guidelines

Appointments are made by the SCANCOR Directors upon the advice of the SCANCOR Board of Directors. Applications from institutions in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden always receive an in-country review in advance of evaluation by the Director.

Selection is based on a judgment of the likely contribution that a stay at SCANCOR will make to the production of high-quality research. This judgment is based primarily on the quality and relevance of the research abilities of the applicant. We are particularly interested in applications from scholars who have made plans to pursue research topics or collaborations that could not be pursued in their home countries.

PhD students who are later in their PhD program will be given greater consideration than those who have just started their program

We ask the following questions when considering applications:

Does the applicant have ongoing or planned collaborations with Stanford faculty?

Is there a program of study that draws on Stanford courses and seminars?

How strong are Stanford resources in the scholar's area of expertise?

Has the applicant already spent time at SCANCOR?  In general, first-time visitors are given priority.

We strive for parity in regard to nationality and always seek a viable mix in terms of academic rank and gender. We also consider whether the proposed research draws on the surrounding Silicon Valley and its economic and technological strengths. These factors help us select scholars who will be able to make the best use of Stanford and its region for their research.

We always favor applicants who have done their homework in advance and identified classes, seminars, professors, and/or organizations and companies in the San Francisco Bay Area with whom they would anticipate being in contact.

If you are planning to collect data on living human subjects while you are in residence at Stanford, you will be expected to comply with University rules regarding what in the USA is referred to as “human-subjects research,” including an institutional review board (IRB) evaluation of your proposed inquiry. Stanford’s IRB process is efficient and sensible.  See for further information.