From time to time, members of the Professoriate may invite individuals who are postdoctoral scholars appointed at another institution or organization to visit Stanford for an extended period for the purpose of advanced studies, research or training under the guidance of a Stanford faculty sponsor. These individuals are appointed into academic units and classified as Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars. The invitation must indicate the name of the faculty member hosting the visitor, and must be approved by the chair of the hosting Department, Program, Independent Laboratory, Institute or Center or other academic unit.
Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to have completed a doctoral degree and have some expertise from which Stanford will benefit during their visit. In rare cases, individuals without doctoral degrees may be appointed as Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar, for example, if the individual is in a field or specialty in which a master's degree is the terminal degree. These exceptions must be approved in advance by the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs.
Visiting Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed into academic departments or institutes.