Visiting Scholars

The Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy invites college and university professors and with established records of scholarship to apply for appointments as Visiting Scholars for the academic year running from August 17, 2020 to May 16, 2021.

All Visiting Scholars will spend an academic year in residence at UW–Madison. They enjoy access to the Memorial Union and a wide range of other facilities and activities throughout the University. Visiting Scholars are expected to devote full time to their proposed research. They are, however, expected to attend or to participate in various activities of the Center, including faculty-graduate student seminars, colloquia, and public lectures. All CSLD Visiting Scholars must have a doctorate or equivalent degree. Fellowships are open to all regardless of citizenship. Visiting Scholars normally receive a stipend of up to one-half their academic-year salary. The fellows’ home institutions are expected to provide at least half of their academic-year salaries in addition to all benefits.

Applications are evaluated on the basis of (1) the significance of the proposed research; (2) the quality of the applicant’s past research; (3) the contribution the applicant is likely to make to higher education in the future; and (4) the contribution the applicant is likely to make to intellectual life of the Center.

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now open!
Please submit your visiting scholar application by January 15, 2020.

How to apply

For full consideration, applicants are required to submit an application to A complete application includes the following:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a scholarly paper written in the past three years;
  • a statement (no more than 1,500 words) describing the proposed research;
  • contact information for two references;
  • a confidential statement that indicates the applicant’s salary for the current academic year, what financial support their home institution and other sources are likely to provide, and what support they are likely to need from the Center.

The deadline for application materials is January 15, 2020 for appointments beginning in August 2020. Awards will be announced no later than April 2020.

Please address any inquiries to:|
Richard Avramenko
Director of the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy
Web address:

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