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Graduate Student Fellowships on Global Poverty and Development

The Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development offers graduate student fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year that provide up to three quarters of fellowship support in the form of tuition and a graduate student stipend to qualified Stanford student applicants (PhD students with TGR status) pursuing dissertation research on topics related to global poverty and development.

Most funding is reserved for Stanford graduate students in their final year who are completing their dissertations.

Results will be announced approximately one month after the application deadline of Monday, April 15, 2019.

Award Conditions:

Submission of a 100-word abstract of the dissertation research, a short bio and photograph of the recipient to be used on the center website and to inform donors.

Within one year of the award, submission of a brief, final research report, as well as future academic plans, which may be shared with donors. This final report should be five pages maximum, written in non-technical language, and should include:

  • The dissertation research topic
  • A summary of the research
  • The research findings and contributions
  • How the fellowship enhanced or supported the research
  • The stage of the research and any findings
  • Next steps including future academic and/or professional career plans and anything that may be of interest to our donor(s)

Additional Award Conditions:

In the recipient's dissertation, as well as any resulting publications, the fellowship recipient agrees to acknowledge that the research was supported by the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development’s Graduate Student Fellowship.

Awardees are required to write a thank you letter to the donor who provided the fellowship funding.

Awardees may be invited to present their work at a workshop or seminar organized by the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development.

Eligibility and Requirements: 

Stanford PhD graduate students, who will have TGR status at the time of award, are eligible to apply.

Students may not defer this award. This award must be used for quarters during the 2019-20 academic year. Students should only consider applying if they plan to use the award during the 2019-20 academic year.

This fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other graduate fellowship or assistantship. 

The application is open and is available on the Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunites (SOLO) platform. 

Next Steps:

To apply, Stanford PhD students who have TGR status must submit an online application through the SOLO platform including:

  • Dissertation proposal (five pages maximum), including a description of the question you are studying, a brief literature review, and a description of the overall design of your study(ies).
  • If you are applying before the final year, a two-page project description of the project you will work on during the quarters for which you are requesting funding. This is not required for students applying for funding for their final year.
  • Transcripts
  • CV
  • Number of quarters of funding requested and which quarters
  • One letter of recommendation from the thesis supervisor or academic mentor must be submitted by the faculty member through SOLO as part of the student's online application. This letter of recommendation is also due April 15, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline is Monday, April 15, 2019.