Visiting Scholars Program Description
The John N. and Connie Taylor Endowment for Visiting Scholars strengthens Sinclair’s commitment to provide a comprehensive education that addresses the intellectual, aesthetic, and social needs of students.

Benefits of hosting Visiting Scholars at Sinclair include:

  • Enabling students, faculty, and staff to interact with persons possessing expertise, viewpoints, or perspectives that enrich the educational environment at the college and in the community.
  • Providing instructional/curricular resources not available through regular college funding.
  • Enhancing curriculum development.
  • Adding new dimensions to the teaching/learning process.

Successful proposals will feature projects that: 

  • Have broad appeal across college departments and will, ideally, extend into the local community.
  • Enrich and broaden student experience and perspectives on the world.
  • Present leading edge information on current technology, practice, or philosophy.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for student interaction with the experts.
  • Offer occasions for members of the community at large – or within special interest groups – to interact with the visitors at Sinclair.
  • Are supported by a strong commitment from the host faculty/staff and department.  The project leader should be passionate about the proposal and the Visiting Scholars opportunity.

 Selection of Visiting Scholars:

  • Proposals will be reviewed and selections made by the Visiting Scholars Committee.
  • There will be an effort to distribute selections across academic and administrative divisions.
  • Adequate funding is available for two Visiting Scholars projects per year.  These would typically occur during spring and fall quarters approximately every six months. Project length will generally vary between one day and one week, depending upon the cost and availability of the Visiting Scholars.
  • After initial review of applications, the committee may ask a project leader/nominator to request a curriculum vita from a prospective visitor. The committee may also request an in-person interview with the project leader or team.
  • The typical cost of a project will range between $3500 and $10,000.  The projected budget may include Visiting Scholars stipends, honoraria, and expenses.
  • There are two deadlines per year to apply: October 15 and May 15.
  • Questions about the Visiting Scholars Program or application may be directed to the Visiting Scholars Committee by emailing
  • Completed applications should be sent to the same address.