Visiting Scholar

The following are the minimum eligibility criteria for a Visiting Scholar designation at Stanford University:

Email a proposal to Nette Worthey (, and include the following: After your proposal is approved by the CCRMA faculty and staff, your appointment recommendation will be forwarded on to the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Sciences for final approval, at which time additional information is likely needed.
Citizens of other countries who enter the United States for the purpose of being a Visiting Scholar at Stanford must have a DS-2019 (certification for J-1 visa status) issued by the Bechtel International Center via CCRMA prior to their arrival in this country.
 If you need Stanford to sponsor a visa for your visit, please send Ms. Worthey the following documents:
Visas may take up to 4 weeks to process; last minute visa requests cannot be honored.

The fee to CCRMA is $600 USD per quarter to offset direct costs involved with the use of CCRMA facilities.  The fee may be paid to CCRMA Administrator Nette Worthey in a check or Money Order made out to Stanford University.  Visiting scholars are responsible for their own financial support, health insurance, and housing. Stanford University also requires a fee of $125 USD to process or transfer the visa certificate.

Accepted Scholars are invited to work on their own research, and to participate in informal discussions and seminars with the CCRMA Community of composers, researchers, and other visitors during their stay. CCRMA provides its scholars with access to facilities, courses, and seminars, and limited technical support.  Please be aware that visitors must work indendently. CCRMA is a collaborative working envirnment but visitors should plan on working on their own. The building enjoys an open space office environment, and therefore an office will not be assigned to any visitor. There are ample computers availble, and space in which to work.

Visiting Scholar status is a privilege, not a right, and an individual holds this status at the pleasure of Stanford University. The status may be revoked at any time (even during the term of the designated status) by either party, without the necessity of a reason. Similarly, there is no right to a renewal of the status at the end of the term.

Visiting Scholars are not employees or students of the University, and therefore are not entitled to Stanford compensation or other benefits available to regular staff, faculty or students (including health insurance). The Visiting Scholar title may not be used for personnel or payroll purposes. If a department wishes to make a special payment to a Visiting Scholar for participation in a seminar presentation or similar contribution, that should be done through honoraria. If a Visiting Scholar is asked to make a short-term contribution to a research effort, payment of appropriate consulting fees should be arranged.

A Visiting Scholar Identification Card will be issued to Visiting Scholars who are in residence for at least one quarter. If accepted as a CCRMA visiting scholar, details will be included in your letter of invitation.