Luksic Visiting Scholars Program

With the generous sponsorship of the Luksic Scholars Foundation, Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) first launched the Luksic Visiting Scholars (LVS) Program in 2021.  The Luksic Visiting Scholarship is available to Chilean nationals and residents who are affiliated with a Chilean academic institution. Independent scholars and professionals may also apply. 

Call for Applications for Academic Year 2024-25


With support coordinated by the Luksic Scholars Foundation, Stanfordʼs Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) launches the application for the Luksic Visiting Scholars Program for the Academic Year 2024-25.

Appointees receive a round trip economy class airfare, housing subsidy, and a stipend. CLAS provides appointees with shared office space and library privileges.    

Appointees are expected to participate in the academic life of CLAS and attend public lectures and events organized by the Center.


Preference is given to Chilean nationals or residents working at Chilean institutions. However, academics working abroad (outside Chile) at Chilean institutions are eligible to apply. Junior and senior Chilean academics  who wish to spend a quarter at Stanford working on their own research and writing projects are eligible to apply.

Female scholars and members of traditionally under-represented groups from regional institutions in Chile are especially encouraged to apply. 


Applicants of the Luksic Visiting Scholars Program must propose how they will engage in research at Stanford University during one quarter, while benefiting from collaborative opportunities and resources at Stanford University.  Luksic Visiting Scholars may self-fund and arrange with their Stanford faculty sponsor to extend their visitorship an additional quarter, if desired.


The selection process is competitive on the basis of academic qualifications, the quality of research plans, and the relevance of both to the Center's mission, academic objectives and priorities.

Applications that provide information on how their research experience at Stanford can benefit their institution’s or Chile’s development will be prioritized.

Applications for Academic Year 2024-25

Opens: October 1, 2023

Due: January 31, 2024 by 11:59 p. m (Pacific Daylight Time)

Notifications:  On or before March 31, 2024


  • Applicants for the Luksic-Stanford CLAS Visiting Scholars Program must hold a doctorate AND a current academic appointment at a university or research institution.  Independent scholars and practitioners may request to have these requirements waived based on their professional trajectory.
  • Statement of Purpose: A brief proposal (one to two pages) explaining in detail the reason of interest in becoming a LVSF at CLAS, elaborating on the line of research to follow while associated with the Stanford University. Proposals should state how the proposed research benefits from Stanford's unique resources such as libraries, faculty, and academic programs.
  • Stanford Faculty Sponsorship:  letter of endorsement by a Stanford University faculty member, either affiliated or not affiliated to CLAS. In lieu of the letter of endorsement, applicants may submit a list of two to three Stanford faculty members and their Department with whom they would like to collaborate or associate.
  • Letter of Recommendation: nomination endorsement from the nominee's institution, preferably from a Dean or Chair.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Evidence of English proficiency
    This requirement is satisfied by one of the following
    a) A recognized English test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS);
    b) A signed document or letter from an academic institution or English school attesting to language proficiency
    c) A documented interview conducted by the nominating faculty, either in person, by videoconferencing or telephone. English Proficiency Form for J Scholar
        Please visit the Stanford Bechtel International Center webpage for details on Exemption from English Proficiency

*Please note that if accepted, a letter of leave from the home institution is required to be provided to CLAS. 


All materials should be submitted in English. Complete applications must be submitted electronically HERE.

The Letter of Sponsorship (if applicable) from a Stanford University faculty member can be submitted HERE.

The Letter of Recommendation (from the nominee's institution, preferably from a Dean or Chair) must be submitted HERE.

For further information please contact CLAS Associate Director, Elizabeth Sáenz-Ackermann at clas-visitors [at] (clas-visitors[at]stanford[dot]edu)