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Geballe Research Workshops

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The Theodore and Frances Geballe Research Workshops bring together Stanford faculty, advanced graduate students, and visiting scholars to present research and explore topics of common intellectual concern. Workshops meet at least three times a quarter during the academic year. Many workshop meetings, particularly those organized as lectures, conferences, or symposia, are open to the public.

The Geballe Research Workshops' core goals include:
  • The realization and development of latent research agendas
  • The exploration of ideas that cross the usual disciplinary or institutional boundaries
  • Providing a context for advanced graduate students working on dissertations to receive support and stimulation from participating in a shared intellectual enterprise with faculty
  • The assistance of graduate students in the development of the professional skills they need as they develop from students into active scholars addressing a community of peers
  • The support of collaborative research, particularly in the development of areas of research that no single researcher or institution could address alone.
The program offers Stanford faculty and students as well as scholars from other institutions a unique kind of engagement. They meet outside traditional departmental boundaries and in truly interdisciplinary collaborations to explore research topics that they themselves determine. The program thus supports faculty in their efforts to investigate and construct new areas of research in a time of shifting disciplinary boundaries, while encouraging graduate students to participate in ongoing scholarly dialogues.
Funding for this program comes from gifts to endowment from individuals as well as from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2017-2018 CFP application period has not yet started.

What's new?

  • All applications must be completed online.
  • Coordinators: We are continuing the policy of only one graduate student coordinator per workshop to interface between our office and your workshop. This same individual will be on board to coordinate for all three academic quarters. Each workshop applicant can have up to two faculty coordinators.
  • Total funding award will be $9,000 for the academic year (September -€“ June) 2016-2017.

    We encourage applications from new teams of Graduate Students and Faculty who are considering unique areas of research that could be appropriate for workshop funding. To assist you in these efforts, we have a binder of sample proposals that you may review in our offices. Additionally, we are willing to examine one draft of your proposal in order to advise that your efforts are in line with renewing and returning workshop applications. For more information, please contact Kent Safford at to schedule an appointment in the Stanford Humanities Center.

Application Process:

All three proposal categories will follow steps 1 and 2 below.
  1. Read the Guidelines and FAQs to apply for a Geballe Research Workshop
  2. Fill out the 2016-2017 Workshop Application Form