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Graduate Student Research Funding

Graduate student research funding at the Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development support faculty-supervised doctoral student research activities, particularly field-based work on global poverty and economic development in middle- and low-income countries.

Students working on projects without a field-based component but otherwise topically relevant, including historical work, may also apply.

Research activities are conceptualized and led by students, but in some cases student research activities may build on faculty projects.

All research supported by this program is expected to be part of a doctoral dissertation.

Applications are considered during the fall and spring quarters. Awards are made for the subsequent quarter. Submission deadlines are:

●      October 30, 2017

●      April 16, 2018

There are two tiers of awards: exploratory awards (up to $7K) and full awards (up to $25K). Detailed budgets justifying funds requested must accompany applications, and emphasis will be placed on “value for money.” Awards will prioritize projects requesting coverage of direct research costs (travel, field expenses, data acquisition, etc.).

Approximately 8 to 12 awards total are expected to be made each year.

Awards will be announced within one month of the application deadline and funds awarded have to be spent within 12 months of the award. If the project involves human subjects, funds will not be disbursed until grantees obtain IRB approval.

Funding recipients may be invited to present their work at a workshop or seminar organized by the Center.

View eligibility and budget information.

To apply, graduate students must submit an online application through Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO).  The application includes a two-page project description, a detailed budget and budget justification, and a CV. Faculty advisor letters of nomination (one required for exploratory awards and two for full awards) can be uploaded in the application.  Please direct any questions to Corinne Thomas at