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).

Want to become a visiting scholar? Contact us!


Annalisa Kristofferson manages the Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professorship (Armenia).


Director, MIDP Admissions, Student Accounts, and DCID Visiting Scholars Danny "Dayne" Hamrick manages visiting scholar applications.


All other inquiries should go to Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Phil Napoli. 


Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professorship for Armenian Faculty

We are interested in attracting qualified faculty from Armenian universities to apply for a visiting professorship to conduct research and provide lectures.

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. Statement with:
    • Outline of research interests, a proposed research agenda, a rationale for conducting this research at Duke, and how this research complements the work of our faculty
    • a list of lecture topics the applicant would be prepared to give
    • evidence of English proficiency
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Letter of support from the applicant’s department, school or university
  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 relevant information.

The Visiting Professorship includes a modest 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 Shana Lassiter, Assistant Dean
180 Sanford Building, Box 90239
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0239, USA


Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor Arshak Balayan

Arshak Balayan, lecturer at American University of Armenia was a Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professor. Balayan holds a PhD in philosophy from Yerevan State University, where he also taught for 11 years. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of ethics and political philosophy.