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Visiting Scholars

As part of its global mission to improve the quality of public policymaking through research, teaching, and policy engagement, the Sanford School of Public Policy hosts both short- and long-term Visiting Scholars on a highly selective basis. Preference is given to requests from universities and other research and public policy-oriented organizations with which the School has collaborative institutional relationships.

Applicants should indicate their research interests and identify faculty in the Sanford School with whom they would like to work during their time at Duke. Applicants should also include a recent curriculum vitae and their research proposal, and confirm that their funding will be sufficient to cover monthly subsistence costs, health insurance, and the School’s administrative fee (based on the length of the Scholar’s visit).

Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professorship for Armenian Faculty

Note: Applications are being accepted for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University is interested in attracting qualified faculty from Armenian universities to apply for a visiting professorship to conduct research and, as appropriate, provide lectures.

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Candidates must demonstrate English proficiency, as well as an interest in sustainable development and nation-building in Armenia or in conflict resolution in the surrounding region.

A completed application requires the following items:

  1. A statement from the applicant that includes:
    • An outline of his or her research interests, a proposed research agenda, a rationale for conducting this research at SSPP, and how this research complements the work of our faculty;
    • a list of lecture topics the applicant would be prepared to give if there is an appropriate opportunity; and
    • evidence of his or her level of English proficiency;
  2. A Curriculum Vitae;
  3. A letter of support from the applicant’s department, school or university; and
  4. Indication of the time period that he/she is available to travel to Duke.  [Traditionally, the professorship is for one four-month semester (mid-August to mid-December, or January through May), the equivalent, or a shorter period of time.];
  5. Any other material or information that may be relevant.

The research and teaching interests of our faculty can be found elsewhere on this website. (Please note that some faculty listed on the website may be on leave from the university each year.)

The Visiting Professorship includes a modest level of financial support to cover the cost of housing, airfare and a living stipend for up to one semester/4 months.

All material can be mailed to the following address:

Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor Award,
c/o Linda Lytvinenko, Assistant Dean
180 Sanford Building, Box 90239
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0239, USA

Please direct questions about the professorship to Linda Lytvinenko, Assistant Dean.


Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor Arshak Balayan

Arshak BalayanArshak Balayan, lecturer at American University of Armenia, is the Sanford School’s Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor for the fall 2017 semester.

Balayan holds a PhD in philosophy from Yerevan State University, where he also taught for 11 years. He also has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University for three semesters. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of ethics and political philosophy. While at Duke he plans to complete two papers, one on “the knowledge commons,” and the other on the meaning of trust in the creation of civil society and its ability to engage in democratic collective action. Email Arshak Balayan.