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PhD Funding

All Ph.D. students admitted to the program receive five years of full support. The funding package includes four quarters of Fellowship Stipend and tuition benefits. 

For information on estimated expenses for graduate students, please see:

Teaching is an integral part of the Ph.D. Program in MTL: it is part of Ph.D. candidates’ professional training, prepares them well for the job market, and contributes to their university funding.

Students may be eligible for additional limited funding for special needs, such as child care and conference travel.

Other Funding Sources

While MTL offers students full tuition and stipend during the academic year, as well as a small travel and research allowance, all students are encouraged to be continuously seeking outside funding. There are a number of fellowships and grants that are internal to Stanford, which are listed first below, followed by external fellowships, grants, and funding. These lists are not exhaustive and new funding sources are always developing, so use this list as a starting point for further research. There are number of advantages, financial and otherwise, to obtaining these awards:

  • Each fellowship or award, even if the financial benefit is negligible, adds to your resume and makes you more attractive in future applications. What is more, academic hiring committees are interested in future faculty that will be capable of funding their own research through grants.
  • Many fellowships, especially at Stanford, grant you access to a unique community that can offer support as well as connections with rising and established scholars in your area of interest.

Below you will find fellowships, grants, and funding opportunities arranged by A. Internal (Stanford) funding and B. External funding. They are further divided by eligible year in the program or other degree requirements or milestones that need to be met in order to be eligible to apply.

A. Internal Stanford Fellowships and Grants

Many of these opportunities have an accompanying information session that provides advice on how to write a relevant and appropriate personal statement for the particular application. You are also highly encouraged to contact the administrator of the fellowship or grant with any questions.

1. For Stanford Graduate Students at all levels

  • Stanford Program in Intellectual Community Enhancement (SPICE).  Supports graduate students to develop innovative activities to expand the intellectual community of their department or program. The proposals for up to $5,000 must be lead by graduate students, put ideas and debates at their center, and involve students across subfields and at a different stages in their studies.
  • Abbasi Grant for the Study of Islamic Societies. Grants of up to $4,000 for students pursuing research or language study pertaining to Islam and Muslim societies, including history from the beginnings of Islam to the twenty-first century and the diversity of human experience as seen in literature and the arts originating in societies affected by Islamic civilizations.
  • Stanford Center for International Conflict Resolution Fellowship. The SCICN selects approximately twelve fellows from across Stanford graduate programs to meet regularly with faculty, researchers, and respected practitioners from around the world in extended conversations, theory/practice workshops, and weekly dinners. Fellows are then eligible to apply for research grants up to $4,000.
  • Stanford Graduate Emergency Grant-in-Aid. Assist graduate students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses (e.g. medical, dental, or legal) causing financial hardship. The program is designed to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through fellowships or loans.
  • Lane Research Grant in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. Supports grants of $1,000-$2,500 for pre-dissertation research or language study for Stanford graduate students studying the history of SMT. Applications are typically due as a brief, one-page proposal (no letter of recommendation) via email to the program administrator each March/April.

2. Second Year

  • Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF). Three-year fellowship for doctoral students conducting interdisciplinary research, including summer stipend and $3,000/year (after TGR status) for professional development. While these are typically given to third year students, second-year students are encouraged to apply, and you can always re-apply in your third year, which amounts to a sixth year of funding.
  • Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society Fellowship (PACS). The PACS Center understand the practice of philanthropy and the concept of civil society in a very broad sense. They welcome projects that specifically address questions of nonprofits or civil society organizations but also projects that more generally address questions about the role of the state or the marketplace in contrast to nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, or civil society. Students are expected to begin the year with a well-defined research project to carry out during the fellowship year. The fellowship replaces your current funding.

3. Third Year (after advancing to candidacy/TGR)

  • Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF). Three-year fellowship for doctoral students conducting interdisciplinary research, including summer stipend and $3,000/year (after TGR status) for professional development. If attained in your third year, this amounts to a sixth year of funding.
  • Ric Weiland Graduate Fellowship. Two-year fellowship. Different departments each year are invited to nominate select students to apply. The fellowship replaces your current funding and includes a $3,000 research award.
  • Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE). Two-year fellowship for the final two years of graduate study, for students who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers and whose presence will help diversify the professorate. Must have completed orals by application and have completed a dissertation proposal by the start of the fellowship.
  • Graduate Research Opportunity Fund (GRO).  Grants of up to $5,000 for research expenses directly related to the dissertations of students in the humanities and social sciences. Applications are bi-annual. Students can re-apply if they are not awarded funds, but may receive the GRO only once during their time at Stanford. Must have completed orals by application
  • GRO Fund for Research on Modern British History and Culture.  Grants of up to $5,000 for research expenses directly related to the dissertations of students in the humanities and social sciences performing research on modern British history and culture. Applications are bi-annual, and applicants who do not receive this award will be considered for the general GRO award. Must have completed orals by application
  • Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Fund.  Grants of up to $5,000 for research expenses directly related to doctoral dissertation research expenses on diversity-related topics. These awards are intended to pay research costs, including such costs as travel, data acquisition, translation, etc., where the dissertation topic focuses on the impact of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, work or life experiences Must have completed orals by application, and unlink the GRO, a dissertation proposal must be approved by the time of application.

4.  Fourth and Fifth Years (after completion of coursework, orals, and proposal)

  • G. J. Lieberman Fellowship.  One-year fellowship awarded to doctoral students who intend to pursue a career in university teaching and research and who have demonstrated the potential for leadership roles in the academic community. The 2010-11 award was $31,200 plus TGR fees.
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.  One-year fellowship awarded to doctoral students whose work is of the highest quality and whose academic record to date indicates a timely progression toward the completion of the degree. The 2011-12 stipend was $23,500 plus TGR fees.
  • Whiting Fellowship. Stanford is one of seven universities whose humanities graduate students are eligible for this dissertation completion fellowship. The stipend for 2011-12 was $25,500 plus TGR fees and a $2,500 grant in aid.
  • Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship. One-year fellowship, including an office at the Humanities Center to take part with other graduate and faculty fellows in the Center’s programs, promoting humanistic research and education Stanford. The stipend for 2011-12 was $24,000 plus TGR fees and $2,00 in research funding.
  • Pigott Scholars Program. One-year fellowship for students in the humanities and arts. Students receive a stipend paid in three quarterly installments, Autumn through Spring, plus TGR fees (health insurance not included). Stipends for 2012-13 will be at least $23,280.
  • Eisenhower/Roberts Fellowship. Stanford is one of eleven participating universities in the Dwight D. Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship Program. Up to two Stanford students are nominated for a $10,000 fellowship for research concerning the role of government in a free society, citizen public service, public policy, and improved understanding of America’s role in world affairs.
  • O’Bie Shultz Dissertation Research Travel Grant.  to enable Stanford graduate students with an approved Ph.D. dissertation proposal related to international studies to undertake fieldwork necessary for the dissertation. Typically, this research is conducted in another country. The grants are intended to supplement other sources of financial support, and rarely exceed $5,000.
  • O’Bie Shultz Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  To help meet minimal cost-of-living expenses to enable Stanford graduate students to write and complete their Ph.D. dissertations on subjects related to international studies. Preference is given to students who have been engaged in research overseas and thus who may have required more than the normal time necessary to complete the Ph.D.
  • Clayman Gender Graduate Fellowship. All currently enrolled Stanford Ph.D. candidates (women and men), in any discipline, who have reached Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR) are invited to apply for a Graduate Dissertation Fellowship. The dissertation research must focus on issues of women and/or gender. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. other than the dissertation and have a dissertation proposal approved by their committee. Fellowship funding is for three quarters:  two quarters of research assistantship and one quarter teaching assistantship.   In addition to the stipend, GDFs will receive $1,000 in research funding.

B. External Stanford Fellowships and Grants

1.  For Graduate Students at all Levels

  • Institute of Human Studies Fellowship. For graduate students who have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society. $2,000 to $15,000 Fellowships are awarded for one year, and award winners may reapply for each year of their full-time studies.

2. First Year

  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, (U.S. Department of Education). Four years of tuition payment and stipend. Students must be entering or in their first year of the program, and the application is in the early fall.

3. Third Year (after advancing to candidacy)

  • Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop (Social Science Research Council).  To help early-stage graduate students in the humanities and social sciences formulate effective doctoral dissertation proposals.Each year, the program offers training within different interdisciplinary fields of study under the leadership of pairs of tenured senior faculty, who define the fields and serve as research directors for groups of 12 graduate students. The students participate in two workshops: one in the spring, to prepare students to undertake summer research that will inform the design of their dissertation research; the other in the fall, to help students apply their summer research experiences to writing dissertation and funding proposals. Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs.

5. Fourth and Fifth Years (after completion of coursework and orals)

  • Mabelle McLeod Lewis provides grants directly to advanced doctoral candidates affiliated during the grant period with Northern California universities and colleges for study and research in the humanistic disciplines. The present purpose of the Trustees of the Fund is to aid such study and research in the humanities (e.g., literature, history, philosophy).

C. For Research and Language Study Abroad

  • Critical Language Scholars Program (US Department of State). Funds intensive summer language institutes overseas in thirteen critical need foreign languages.