The CNS has hosted visitors for periods ranging from a few weeks to a year.  Would you like to visit us too?  Starting in January of 2017 we will have beautiful new light-filled office space for up to 3 visitors in the National Historic Landmark Goddard Labs building, designed by early modernist architect Louis Kahn.

Working on a collaborative project with a colleague?  Coordinate and visit us together!

Willing to lead a discussion group, teach or contribute in other ways?  Stipends are available.

Examples of past visitors and projects include:

  • Michael S. Moore, Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. Chair, Program in Law and Philosophy, University of Illinois, who spent a semester learning about neuroscience in relation to the law and leading a weekly discussion group on his forthcoming book on neuroscience and law
  • Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cambridge, who visited twice for weeks-long research collaborations and guest teaching
  • Scott Vrecko, Lecturer in Sociology at King’s College London, who spent a semester here working on research with people and resources available at Penn
  • Anna Wexler, graduate student in Science, Technology and Society, MIT, who spent a year learning about noninvasive brain stimulation in relation to historical and regulatory issues in neurotechnology


We want to help make good scholarship happen in the area of neuroscience and society by offering opportunities for scholars to learn, develop and carry out their research in our community of interdisciplinary scholars and neuroscientists.  We also want to enrich our community with a diversity of talented, productive visitors.

If you are interested in visiting, please email Sue Yee Chen at with a CV, a few sentences about your project, including how being at the Penn CNS would be helpful, when you would like to visit and how you envision spending your time.  Inquiries for this spring or summer should be sent asap; for the 2017-2018 academic year we would ideally like to know who is interested by the middle of December, 2016.