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Visiting Scholars

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 and DCID host 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.

Most visiting scholars have a PhD and come to DCID to perform independent research related to their field under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Applicants should indicate their research interests and identify faculty in DCID 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).

Visiting Scholars may visit DCID for up to one year, during which time they can audit classes offered by MIDP and have full access to the Duke University Libraries and computing resources in the Sanford and Rubenstein Hall Buildings. The administrative fee for visiting scholars is $6,000 per semester; the minimum monthly living expenses required by Duke University for visa issuance purposes for an individual is $2,325.45 per month.

Among the preconditions are:

  • The candidate must have a research proposal of interest to one of the DCID faculty and that this faculty member would be available to act as academic advisor
  • There would preferably be an institutional relationship between the candidate's employer/university and the Sanford School of Public Policy/DCID
  • The candidate would have strong command of the English language
  • The candidate would be highly recommended by professional colleagues
  • The candidate would have appropriate institutional sponsorship/financial support from his/her sponsoring organization

Interested candidates should contact Katherine Kristoffersen, Coordinator of Visiting Scholars, at (Domestic visiting scholar applicants and applicants to the Magdalena Yesil Visiting Professorship (Armenia) program, please contact Linda Lytvinenko, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at the Sanford School.

Please include:

  • Letter/email indicating the reasons for your interest in DCID and general agreement with the principles outlined above
  • Research proposal
  • CV or resume, including your picture
  • Letter of support regarding your scholarship/policy work from two professional supervisors or colleagues
  • A copy of your top two publications
  • Proposed dates of visit
  • Funding source meeting above requirements
  • Optional: Your TOEFL or IELTS score if coming from a non-English speaking country

Current Visiting Scholar

Duke Center for International Development welcomes Halis Kiral, Ph.D., CIA, CCSA, CGAP, Assistant Professor at Social Sciences University of Ankara. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Economics (MSPE) in 2012. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at Hacettepe University (Turkey) where he worked on his thesis, titled, “An Empirical Assessment of the Effects of Fiscal Devaluation on Bilateral Trade”. Previously, he worked in the Ministry ofFinance of Turkey as a state budget expert, public finance expert, as head of the department of Central Harmonization for Internal Audit, and as head of the Budget Policy Department. He led several projects as head of the department of Central Harmonization for Internal Audit. This included publishing the Public Internal Audit Manual, the Information Technology Audit Manual, the Quality Assurance and Improvement Manual and the Performance Audit Manual for Public Internal Auditors (which is the first manual in the world that takes the perspective of internal audit towards performance audit.) He has also given Risk Management and Implementation lectures in the Internal Audit and Internal Control graduate program at Ankara University.​

During his time at Duke, Dr. Kiral plans to focus on several topics including effects of tax policies on countries’ competitiveness, cost-benefit analysis, conditional cash transfers, and enterprise risk management models for public institutions. He also plans to audit finance and applied economic courses, to discuss ideas with Duke faculty, and to share his research findings at DCID. His office is 285E in Rubenstein Hall, and you can reach him by e-mail at Dr. Graham Glenday and GP Shukla will be his Sanford faculty hosts, and Katherine Kristoffersen is overseeing his logistics at DCID. Dr. Kiral will be here for the 2017-2018 academic year. We welcome him to DCID, Sanford, Duke, and the Durham community.