The Visiting Scholars Program is overseen by the Associate Dean of the Faculty in the Provost's Office. Smith College's Visiting Scholars Program serves to enrich campus intellectual activities, nurture the college's commitment to cultural diversity, and further its goal of being a world college. International visitors have extended the range of global experiences the college can offer its community. We consider programs enabling scholars from around the world to become part of Smith’s intellectual life to be a vital constituent of the college's rich, diverse, and vibrant academic environment.
Typically, having a scholar here means that you will
arrange and oversee his or her interactions with faculty and students at Smith. Sometimes,
however, scholars are invited primarily because of shared research projects with
Smith faculty members. In some cases, these are grant-funded visits for which Smith
will agree to host a scholar here, based on connections with an individual Smith
faculty member. In any case, for any international faculty member coming to Smith,
the Visiting Scholar Request Form should be used. (In the case of grant-funded visits,
if letters of support or other materials are needed prior to funding decisions, please
be sure to indicate this on the form.)
Selection of visiting scholars is made by the Provost's Office based on review of the Visiting Scholar Request Form and the overall scheduling, curricular compatibility, and available financial resources.
A typical visiting scholar arrangement is 3-4 weeks in length. It may include a small stipend, a studio guest apartment, complimentary lunches at the Campus Center, round-trip airfare (for one), as well as gym and library privileges for the length of the visit. Details on these benefits will be resolved depending on the nature of the individual visit and available resources.