Visiting Scholars Application and Admission Information

Scholars are selected competitively based upon the following criteria:

  • Experience and achievements within his/her chosen field or profession;
  • A statement of their learning objectives;
  • Value the participant would bring to the academic community of the Maxwell School.

Scholars may choose to study English at the University’s English Language Institute for an additional fee.

Admission Requirements

Field Experience - Applicants should have 7 or more years of mid-level professional experience, including management responsibilities with some public sector work preferred.


Applications are reviewed throughout the year and considered for the next semester period. As such there is no firm deadline.


Prospective applicants of any program are welcome to visit Syracuse, although personal interviews are not required. If you do plan to come for an interview, please arrange an appointment in advance by contacting Margaret Lane at Executive Education. 315-443-3759, or email at


Completed Maxwell School Visiting Scholar Application

Statement from nominating organization

From an appropriate official of the nominating organization that describes: responsibilities of current position; career background and accomplishments (more specifics on application)

Statement by nominee

Reviewing his or her career development; major policy interests and personal goals (more specifics on application)

Fees and Expenses

The Visiting Scholar fee is $8,500.00 per semester. Additionally, a funding letter or bank statement showing the applicant’s ability to pay for the fees as well as living expenses of $13,550 is required for international applicants