Lead an Overseas Seminar

Each year, BOSP invites Stanford Academic Council faculty to apply to lead an Overseas Seminar during Summer Quarter of the following academic year. Overseas Seminars are two-unit classes taught over the course of three weeks by Stanford faculty in locations around the world that have direct relevance to the course topic.

Application Process

Applications for Summer Quarter 2020-21 are due Saturday, February 15, 2020. Selected faculty will be notified by early Spring Quarter 2020. Please visit the Apply to be a Faculty Leader webpage for complete details about the application process and a link to the application form.

Faculty Open House

BOSP will be holding an Open House on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Sweet Hall, Ground Floor room 020 for interested faculty to learn more about the Faculty-in-Residence and Overseas Seminar Faculty Leader opportunities. BOSP staff and experienced faculty will be available to answer questions and to share their experiences. Faculty are invited to drop by anytime during the Open House period.

Nature of Overseas Seminars

The objective of the Overseas Seminar is to provide students with an intensive 3-week in-depth academic experience with a particular Stanford faculty member. Course content should be academically rigorous and unique, but at the same time general enough to be accessible to a wide range of undergraduates. The capacity of each seminar is usually 15 students.

Why Should I Apply?

BOSP Overseas Seminar Faculty Leaders serve as mentors and role models for students in their exploration of a new environment. As a Stanford faculty member leading an Overseas Seminar, you can participate in what many students regard as a highlight of their Stanford years. Stanford faculty members find that leading a seminar is a rewarding and memorable experience, and offers the following benefits:

  • Teaching small classes
  • Getting to know students on a personal basis
  • Participating in field-based and community-based study
  • Working with students across different academic disciplines
  • Making connections with colleagues, libraries, and research projects in the host country

Current, Past, and Future Overseas Seminar Faculty Leaders (PDF)

Who Can Apply?

Overseas Seminar proposals are accepted from any current Stanford faculty member who belongs to the Academic Council. Non-tenure track Stanford faculty may be considered occasionally, as may emeriti. Please inquire about your specific circumstances.

Application Process

Each year, in late Autumn Quarter, BOSP invites Stanford faculty on Academic Council to apply to lead an Overseas Seminar during Summer Quarter of the following academic year. BOSP will notify faculty of the status of their proposal in Spring Quarter. BOSP will then work with selected Faculty Leaders to expand upon proposals and create additional materials including a day-to-day seminar schedule. A full Administrative Timeline will be shared with selected Faculty Leaders in the Spring Quarter.

Faculty Payment

Faculty Leaders will receive $8,500 supplemental pay for leading a program. If a program is co-led by more than one faculty member, this amount is split as determined by the participating faculty. BOSP and VPUE HR will work with the Faculty Affairs Office and faculty home department to ensure the supplemental pay is processed. Roundtrip airfare (lowest non-refundable upgradeable economy class) to and from the program location within a day of the program dates, accommodation for the duration of the program, and meal expenses are reimbursed to faculty following the BOSP's guidelines and standard Stanford business travel procedures. 

Faculty Role and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of a seminar Faculty Leader are more comprehensive than the standard duties of a faculty member teaching a course on the Stanford campus. To ease the logistical burden of the faculty leader, BOSP will identify a dedicated third-party program provider to coordinate the planning and implementation of the seminar. Third-party providers may be study abroad providers, travel consulting organizations, or other third-party vendors specializing in study abroad programming for U.S. colleges and universities. BOSP will solicit bids based on the proposal submitted. Depending on a faculty leader’s needs, these providers may help create the program itinerary, arrange housing, meeting space, local transportation, on-site orientation, site visits, guest lectures, and serve as on-site contact for non-academic student issues, including emergencies.

For more information on Faculty Leader responsibilities and conditions, please refer to Faculty Role and Responsibilities.