Schnitzer Visiting Scholars Program

Applications Due December 15, 2018


The purpose of the Harold Schnitzer Visiting Scholar fund is to facilitate scholarly exchanges between Portland State University (PSU) and partner universities in Israel.  Program funds will be used primarily to support faculty scholars to travel to the PSU, room & board, as well as salary stipend for a period of six months and up to a year. 

The Harold Schnitzer Visiting Scholars may collaborate with faculty and students across all eight colleges and schools of PSU and will be recruited according to university interests, policies and procedures in place at the time.  A Visiting Scholar will be hosted by an academic department and sponsoring PSU faculty member and will design a program of research and/or teaching objectives for their time at PSU.  Depending on the individual Visiting Scholar’s plan and needs, PSU will provide support for transportation and living expenses for the Visiting Scholar and her/his family members, if applicable.

Focus for Harold Schnitzer Visiting Scholar in 2019-20

For the first year of the Harold Schnitzer Visiting Scholar program, PSU seeks scholars with active research in areas related to those in the Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS).  The selected scholar would be expected to present a brief statement of interest that demonstrates their plan to collaborate with faculty on existing or new research, host graduate-level seminars, participate and attend research lab meetings, mentor graduate students in collaboration with an MCECS faculty member, host technical seminars for local industry, meet with interested and relevant private and public leaders in their field of research, engage with research and projects of undergraduate students, and if interested, possibly teach undergraduate or graduate-level courses, as agreed by the department chair and the sponsored faculty. 

The exact duration and timing of the visit is flexible, but would ideally begin in early 2019, and be of sufficient length to establish a meaningful research collaboration with the MCECS faculty and students. Furthermore, Visiting Scholars may have the opportunity to not only develop new technologies but to initiate commercialization of technologies into spin-off companies supported by the PSU Business Accelerator and engagement with Portland's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

About PSU and MCECS

Portland State University (PSU) is the state’s only urban-serving university and the most diverse university in Oregon. Our urban campus is integrated into the heart of the city but is only minutes away from the outdoor beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  PSU has been ranked among the “top ten most innovative” national universities by U.S. News & World Report.  The Fariborz Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (MCECS) at Portland State University offers ABET accredited engineering and computer science academic programs that evolved in parallel with the growth of the high tech and sustainability industries in Oregon. More than 3,000 students are currently enrolled in programs that lead to Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees.  MCECS serves one of the most beautiful, exciting, vibrant cities in the world, Portland, Oregon. Further information about MCECS is available at


Application process and additional information

To apply for this visiting scholar program, please send:

  1. Applicant CV/resume
  2. A letter of support from your institution
  3. A cover letter of interest to
  4. Identification of a possible PSU faculty partner to work with during this visiting period


Dr. Mark McLellan,
Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies via email

Deadline: December 15th.