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Fellowships FAQ

General FAQs
  • How many fellowships do you offer each year?[+]
    The number of fellows in residence fluctuates each year. In general, the Center offers up to 8 fellowships in each category (external, internal, and dissertation) for a total of approximately 24 fellows.
  • How do I determine whether my project falls within the scope of the humanities?[+]
    Candidates may find general guidance in determining if a project is suitable from the definition of the Act that set up the National Foundation for the Arts and Humanities:

    "The humanities include, but are not limited to, the following fields: history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, archeology, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, ethics, comparative religion, and those aspects of the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches. This last category includes social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, international relations, and other subjects concerned with questions of value."

    Especially appropriate are candidates whose research is likely to contribute to intellectual exchange among a diverse group of scholars within the disciplines of the humanities.

    Applicants in the social sciences should employ a research methodology that focuses on historical, philosophical, and/or literary methods of inquiry and should be concerned with questions of culture or value.

    The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research.
  • Are you affiliated with the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities?[+]
    The Humanities Center and the Mellon Fellowship are distinct but related programs that work closely together. The Mellon Fellows are part of the community of scholars at the Center. The Humanities Center's fellowships are open to Stanford dissertation students and to Stanford and non-Stanford scholars at least three years beyond the PhD. The Mellon Fellowship is administered separately and offers post-doctoral fellowships to recent PhDs in the humanities. Their website is:
  • May I propose to turn my dissertation into a book?[+]
    We generally give greater preference to junior faculty projects on second books rather than on projects that grow out of a dissertation. Over the years our selection committees have increasingly felt that there are a far greater variety of postdoctoral fellowships that support the transformation of a dissertation into a book, and far fewer fellowships that are geared towards second book projects at this stage of a professor's career. For that reason we tend to support second book projects when all other factors are equal.
  • Do you ever offer collaborative/shared research group fellowships?[+]
    We are not able to accept joint applications per se, but scholars working together may each apply independently for separate fellowships, indicating in their application that you are working collaboratively. It would be up to the selection committee to decide on the merits of each proposal. Given the competitive nature of the competition, it is unlikely that all members of a research group will receive awards; please plan accordingly, and only apply with projects that are viable if not all collaborators are granted fellowships.
  • May I apply to less than a full academic year scholarship?[+]
    Our fellowships are for one academic year, and require the fellow to be in residence. We do not consider applications for different amounts of time.
  • Are you able to pay stipends directly to another university?[+]
    With the agreement of the other university, the Humanities Center can pay fellowship stipends (but not moving and housing stipends) to them directly via a purchase order and contract; about half of our External Faculty utilize this to maintain their regular benefits during their fellowship year.
  • May I defer a fellowship for a year?[+]
    We do not accept deferrals for any Humanities Center fellowships. Should you be unable to accept a fellowship, the award will be offered to an alternate.
  • May I submit supplementary materials (i.e. musical scores, articles, photographs)?[+]
    We do not accept supplementary materials with applications; any supplementary materials that are received will not be forwarded on to the selection committee.
  • What if my reference letters arrive late?[+]
    We will make every effort to forward late letters on, but cannot guarantee that letters received late will reach selection committee members before the screening of files.
Dissertation Fellowships FAQs
  • Are non-Stanford students eligible to apply for these fellowships?[+]
    Only Stanford graduate students are eligible to apply for these fellowships.
  • Are students from outside the humanities eligible to apply?[+]
    The Lieberman fellowship is restricted to advanced students in humanities departments.

    Applicants from the social sciences may apply for Geballe and Mellon fellowships. Applications in the social sciences should employ a research methodology that focuses on historical, philosophical, and/or literary methods of inquiry and should be concerned with questions of culture or value. A project that is largely quantitative or analytical would not be considered "humanistic" enough to receive support from our selection committee.

    Applicants from outside the School of Humanities and Sciences are eligible to apply only for Geballe Fellowships.
  • May I apply for more than one dissertation fellowship?[+]
    Applicants are encouraged to apply for any of the dissertation fellowships they would accept and for which they are eligible and competitive. The same selection committee collectively evaluates applicants for all four fellowships. From the applicant pool, a top group of approximately 40 potential awardees is identified for the approximately 30 fellowship spots. Only at the very end of the selection process are specific applicants matched up with specific fellowships. Designating multiple fellowships gives the selection committee more award options, and thus increases your odds of receiving a fellowship.

    The exception to this is the Lieberman fellowship, which is decided by a separate ranking, discussion, and vote. Because of the unique selection criteria for the Lieberman, and the significant additional work involved in applying for this award, please do not apply unless you believe you are a strong candidate.
  • What are the key differences between these fellowships?[+]

    The Lieberman fellowship recognizes excellence in teaching and community service.

    Geballe fellowships go to applicants whose work would be of interest to an interdisciplinary group of scholars, and who would benefit from the professional and intellectual resources offered by a year in residence at the Humanities Center.

    Mellon fellowships are typically given to 5th year students who have made impressive and timely progress through their early years in graduate school.
  • What qualifications make applicants competitive for the Lieberman fellowship?[+]
    Past Lieberman fellowship recipients have exemplary teaching evaluations (with an average rating of near excellent in all categories), strong teaching statements, and reference letters that give examples of excellence in teaching and/or community service. Many Lieberman recipients have also received previous teaching or community service awards.
  • May I apply for these fellowships if I need to spend time away from campus?[+]
    Geballe Fellows are strongly encouraged to live within ten miles of Stanford and take part in the life of the Center for the duration of their fellowship; they may not spend more than a week per academic quarter (plus University holidays and breaks) away from campus.

    All other Stanford humanities dissertation fellowships (Mellon and Lieberman) do not require residency near campus, and thus are appropriate for students who need to travel during their fellowship year.
  • Are re-applicants disadvantaged in the selection process?[+]
    Reapplicants are not at a disadvantage in the selection process. Each year, the selection committee has many more fundable projects than fellowships to grant. Not being awarded a grant in a previous competition will in no way negatively prejudice an application. Additionally, each group of applications is read by a new set of reviewers, as selection committee membership changes each year.
  • May previous Stanford humanities dissertation fellowship recipients apply for a second fellowship?[+]
    Previous Stanford humanities dissertation fellowship recipients (Geballe, Mellon, and Lieberman) may reapply for a fellowship they have not previously received, but are at a disadvantage in the competition because we try to make fellowships available to as broad a group of scholars as our resources will allow, and there are so few fellowship spots to go around.
  • What if my department doesn't require one of the things listed in the degree milestones section?[+]
    Please write a brief note explaining this in the œ"notes" field at the bottom of the page; the online application system will still allow you to submit your application.
  • By what date should incompletes be resolved?[+]
    Incompletes should be resolved by the beginning of your fellowship term. Please write a note explaining any extenuating circumstances for an incomplete in the "œnotes" field in the degree milestones section.
  • May recipients teach while on fellowship?[+]
    No other employment, assistantship, or fellowship (unless specifically intended for travel or research expense) may be held concurrently. Exceptions to this restriction must be approved by the Humanities Center Director (for Geballe Fellows) or Ayodele Thomas (for Mellon and Lieberman Fellows).
  • What should I do if I take another job or fellowship during the competition?[+]
    Please notify the fellowship administrator at the Humanities Center if you decide to accept another fellowship or a job before the competition results are announced. With so few fellowships and so many deserving applicants, we would like to make offers as soon as possible to students in the position to accept them.

Humanities Center Policies

  • Residency[+]
    As members of a residential center, fellows are asked to live within 10 miles of the Stanford campus and remain in residence for the entire academic year (with the exception of short absences to attend a conference, give a lecture, etc.). Please notify the directors of any extended absence due to illness or other extenuating circumstances.
  • Research Presentation[+]
    During the course of the year, fellows are required to present their research to the group in the form of a thirty-minute oral presentation. These presentations are followed by a thirty-minute question-and-answer period. In general, fellows have found that informal presentations based on notes are the most engaging for this format, particularly when a fellow focuses on a problem or issue in the project that is still being worked out.
  • Lunches[+]
    The Center provides catered lunches are served Monday through Friday in the lunchroom (Watt Common Room) at noon. The Center covers the cost of the lunches and makes every effort to provide a consistently good menu. Should you prefer, you are also welcome to bring your own food (or just enjoy the conversation).

    Please feel free to invite occasional guests to lunch at the Center on any weekdays except days on which the weekly presentations are given (to allow adequate space and food for guests of the fellow presenting that day). Former fellows have an open invitation to come to lunch, so you will likely meet some of them during your year at the Center.

    The Center recognizes that fellows may wish to go to lunchtime talks in departments relevant to their work or have occasional private lunches. For this reason, though daily attendance is welcome and encouraged, the Center expects attendance at lunch just four days a week.

    Attendance at the weekly research presentations is also expected. As a courtesy, if you will be unable to attend a weekly research presentation, please let the directors and the fellow presenting know ahead of time.
  • Sexual Harassment Training[+]
    According to Stanford's policy, all fellows are required to complete sexual harassment policy training. To review Stanford's policy on and resources about sexual harassment, visit: The Center will not tolerate violations of this policy.

Office Help and Facilities

  • Office Help[+]
    Dialing On-Campus and Off-Campus Phone Numbers

    For Stanford campus calls, dial only the last 5 digits of the phone number (for example, the campus number 650-724-8169 is reached by dialing 4-8169). To reach an off-campus number, you need to dial "9" before dialing the number (for calls to numbers outside the 650 area code, you must also dial a 1 before dialing the 10-digit number). If fellows need to make international calls as part of their research, they can obtain a long-distance access code from our finance manager.


    The Center has a fax machine available for fellows to use; it is located adjacent to the mailboxes in the Geballe Library. Instructions for using it are posted by the machine. The Center's fax number is 650-723-1895.

    Photocopying and Printing

    The Center has two photocopy machines available to staff and fellows on a first-come-first-served basis. The Xerox Workcentre Pro 35 ("Big Bliss") will be set up as your primary printer and may be used to scan and email documents as well.

    Both copiers require a user number. See our office coordinator for your user number or if you have questions on the operation of the machines, and please notify her any time the machines malfunction.

    Due to the high costs of paper, please make double-sided copies whenever possible. The copiers are not meant for large projects. If you need to photocopy long projects, please purchase a copy card at the kiosk next to the Green Library Loan Desk for use on library copiers. Other options include using FedEx Kinko's at Tresidder Memorial Union or at 249 California Avenue, 650-328-3381.

    A/V & Digital Equipment

    There is a Mac mini, digital projector, and speaker set up on a cart for fellows' use during weekly presentations. If you are looking for other specific items please see our office coordinator to inquire about their availability.

    Mailing Services

    Campus and regular mail will be delivered to your mailbox, which is located in the Geballe Library.

    Fellows' professional outgoing correspondence will be paid for by the Center (within reason). We are not able to pay for unusually expensive mailings (e.g. multiple mailings of manuscripts or other unusually large-volume mailings). Personal correspondence is the responsibility of the sender. Pre-stamped personal mail can be placed directly into the box marked "Outgoing U.S. Mail."

    Campus or ID (inter-departmental) mail is available to all fellows free of charge and goes in the box marked "Campus Mail." All ID mail should include the appropriate departmental mail code. The Center's mail code is 4015 (the last four digits of our nine-digit zip code). Campus mail is picked up and delivered between 9:00 and 11:00am, Monday through Friday. ID envelopes are available in the copy/supply room.

    Outgoing domestic mail under 1 pound should be placed in the box labeled "Fellowship Mail For Stamping" above the fax machine in the Geballe Library. Mail weighing less than one pound will be stamped and mailed out for you by Humanities Center staff (a postal scale is located in the copy/supply room on the table next to the door). Domestic mail is generally delivered and picked up sometime between 10:00am and 1:00pm.

    International mail weighing over one pound (or less than one pound but bulky) requires a customs tag which can be obtained at the Post Office.

    If you need to send something express mail, the Center will cover the cost of two FedEx express mailings per fellow per quarter. See the office coordinator for details.

    If you wish to ship books, papers, etc. for use in your office, you can address them to yourself at the Humanities Center and send them in advance. However, we do ask that you limit shipments to research and work material only (not clothes or household items), as we have very limited storage space at the Center.

    All fellows are welcome to use Center letterhead and envelopes, which are located in the copy/supply room.
  • Computing Resources[+]
    SuNet Account

    The SUNet account is a Stanford University Network account that gives you access to University resources such as Stanford email, University licensed software, AFS space, and the University Libraries. If you are an external fellow, the Center will sponsor a SUNet account for you. Stanford students and faculty will be able to use their pre-established SUNet accounts.

    Operating Systems

    The Stanford Humanities Center does not provide individual computers for fellows. Please be sure your personal computer meets minimum standards for desktop support at Stanford.

    The Stanford Humanities Center contracts with Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS) for basic desktop support. ITSS supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP as well as OS X for Apple Macintosh computers. If you need to upgrade your operating system, a Stanford CRC (Computer Resource Consultant) can assist you. Submit an online request to or telephone 5-HELP to set up an appointment.

    Setting Up Your Personal Computer

    When you arrive, please contact the office coordinator to set up an appointment with the Center's Information Technology Systems and Services (ITSS) consultant.

    The Humanities Center also contracts with ITSS to provide basic desktop support from Computer Resource Consultants (CRCs). Requests may be submitted through a HelpSU request online ( or by calling 5-HELP; there will also be a sign-up sheet posted outside of Watt. If your personal computer is down, you may also use one of the kiosk computers at the Center to submit the ticket. You should expect to receive a response to your HelpSU request no later than the following business day. Any problems obtaining desktop support should be reported to the office coordinator with the date service was requested and the length of time that elapsed before you received a response.

    General information about computing services at Stanford is available online at: Additional training and application support is available from ITSS on a on a fee basis.

    Off-Campus/Home Networking

    The Humanities Center does not provide support for off-site networking equipment nor can we guarantee a network line to your home.

    Information about remote access and system configurations is available online at:

    Humanities Center Computer Kiosks

    The Humanities Center has two computer kiosks: Bliss (first floor hallway near the Wanda printer) and Ian (on the second floor in room 215). These computers are configured with a guest account that is reset every time someone logs in. Please see the office coordinator for the username and password.

    These kiosks are provided for common use. Please do not plan to do extensive printing or emailing that would prevent others from using the computers for a significant period of time. If you are unable to print from these machines, please notify the office coordinator.

    Network Printing

    Printers throughout the building are available to fellows via the network. The large photocopier-printer (Xerox Workcentre Pro 35) in the copy room will be set up as your default printer. This is the printer named Big Bliss. Using Big Bliss whenever possible reduces the cost as well as the environmental impact of printer toner.

    Computer Viruses

    As a major node on the Internet, Stanford has had problems with the spread of computer viruses. Viruses can be received by email or simply by being connected to the network. If you learn of a computer virus spreading, the best first step is to disconnect your computer from the network.

    Further information on anti-virus updates and secure computing is also available at:

    Troubleshooting Tips

    Please make sure all of your important data is backed up prior to your set-up and throughout your stay. Your computer can freeze or the hard drive can crash at any time. You can protect yourself and your data by saving frequently and backing-up.
  • Facilities[+]
    Heating & Air Conditioning

    The heating and air conditioning go off at night and on weekends. If you are in the building after hours, we ask that you open your window or use a space heater as your first resource. If the temperature is still uncomfortable, or if you are planning on working for many hours at a time, you may use the green override buttons located in the lobby and inside the large cubicle in the fellows' wing. These buttons activate the heating and air conditioning systems for the entire building. In the interests of energy conservation, please use discretion in activating these.

    Fans and Heaters

    We have a limited number of fans and space heaters, which fellows may request for use in their office if the temperature becomes uncomfortably hot or cold. See our office coordinator if you find you have a need for one.


    The Center has a few bicycles available for fellows to borrow on an occasional basis for running errands on campus.

    Since bicycles are used by both staff and fellows, please do not keep a bike out for more than 24 hours before you return it.

    (Reminder: if you plan to bring a bike to campus, it must be registered at Parking and Transportation Services, 723-9362. For more information, please see their website).

    Use and Booking of Public Rooms

    Casual use of the Baker Room, Board Room, and Levinthal Hall for fellows' study or conversation is encouraged when not already booked for a workshop or other event. There are also several areas with chairs and tables that fellows should feel free to use for reading or quiet conversation, such as the Geballe Library. Any furniture moved should be returned to its place as soon as the event is finished. Fellows may also book these spaces for academic events by filling out a reservation form. Please check availability and policies with our office coordinator and use the room reservation forms on our website.

    Fellows are also free to use the Watt Common Room (lunchroom) without booking, except between the hours of 11:00 am and 3:00 pm on weekdays when lunch activities, including setup and cleanup, are taking place. Fellows may book the public rooms for events (see information on specific rooms below). Note that the Center's rooms are not available for courses or for student events, whether booked directly or through fellows. Interior and exterior patios are for the exclusive use of fellows, unless they have been previously booked.

    The Geballe Library

    The library (located in the staff wing) contains basic reference books, including a number of foreign language dictionaries, and publications by past and present fellows and directors. In addition, the Center receives the following periodicals: San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times (Mon.-Fri.), the New York Times Book Review, TLS, the New York Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the London Review of Books, and the Guardian Weekly. Books honored in our annual Book Celebration and by invited lecturers are also on display here.

    The books and periodicals in this library are for reference only and are made available for everyone's perusal. As a courtesy to others, we ask that fellows not remove any books or materials from this library without consulting the associate director.

    We continue to add more volumes, and would be very grateful if: a) you could give our office coordinator any written suggestions for books, periodicals, or newspapers to be added; and b) if you would donate any of your own publications to the library. We believe the collegial character of the Center will be enhanced if incoming fellows contribute (within reason) copies of their major publications so that fellows may read one another's published work.
  • Center Events & Opportunities[+]
    Public Events & Associated Activities

    Fellows are welcome to attend all public events at the Center, including those directly sponsored by the Center, such as the Presidential and Endowed Lecture Series. These events are aimed at the larger Stanford and local community and thus are not a formal part of the fellowship program. Fellows may, however, wish to form groups to discuss the writings of a visitor, and books by upcoming speakers are usually featured in the Geballe Library. Presidential lecturers are always invited to lunch with the fellows, either on the day of the lecture or the following day.

    Groups & Activities Organized by Fellows

    Over the years, the Center has noted differences in expectations among fellows regarding activities and intellectual exchange. Some come chiefly to write books and thrive on what one fellow termed "benign neglect." Others would like fuller exchange among themselves in working groups, discussion of shared reading, or follow up consideration of presentations. The Center offers modest support for such gatherings to cover refreshments or the occasional book purchase or outing.

University and Building Policies

  • Building Maintenance[+]
    Please help us take care of Humanities Center facilities. Any time you are aware of a building maintenance problem (faulty door lock, burned out light, etc.), please report it directly to our office coordinator at 724-0113. After hours, report any emergency to Buildings & Grounds Maintenance at 723-2281, which operates 24 hours a day.
  • Offices[+]
    Office Use: Each fellow is assigned an office for his or her individual use. Offices are intended to be used by the fellow only and should not be shared with colleagues, friends, or family members. We operate under the assumption that fellows will use their Humanities Center office as their primary working space, and encourage fellows to do so. Larger offices are at a premium; should you not be using your office at the Center, we may ask you to switch spaces with another fellow with a smaller office.

    Office Furnishings: All offices are fully furnished with at least one bookshelf, filing cabinet, desk, ergonomic chair, and lamp. Small items may be exchanged between fellows on an ad hoc basis (i.e. you are responsible for the items yourself) but large items must stay in their original offices. If something is broken or missing, or is stolen, we ask that you please inform our office coordinator. So as not to damage walls and woodwork, please only use pushpins or blue tape to hang posters and fliers (and please only use blue tape on your office door). To hang heavier items, please use picture-hanging nails and hooks. Blue tape and pushpins are available in the copy room.

    Office Keys: Should you lose your keys during the year there is a replacement fee of $30.00/key. If you are locked out of your office after hours and need immediate access, please call Buildings & Grounds Maintenance at 3-2281. Should you not reach anyone, call Campus Police (Public Safety) at 9-2413. Please be aware that you will be expected to reimburse the Center for any charges the Center incurs for unlocking your door after hours.
  • Kitchen[+]
    Cleanup and Leftovers: The buffet lunch is set out at noon and cleared by our caterer, but fellows and their guests clear their own places. After 1:15 p.m., please feel free to set aside leftovers for yourself, and clearly label them with your name. Also, please feel free to help yourself to any unclaimed leftovers that the caterers place in the refrigerator.

    A specially marked container is provided for recycling glass bottles and aluminum cans. You are also welcome to bring your own cup or glass if you would prefer not to use paper. Limited space in our dishwasher does not allow for daily washing of cups, glasses or bowls by our caterers. If you use these items to avoid waste, please wash them afterwards.
  • Building Safety & Security[+]
    It is imperative that everyone take a few simple precautions to protect the physical safety of those of us using the facilities, and to prevent theft or damage to computers, photocopying and other equipment here at the Center. Please take the time to read carefully and follow the general safety guidelines that follow, as well as the Center's emergency preparedness information.

    1. If you enter or leave the building after 5:00 p.m. or before 8:00 a.m. on weekdays, or any time during the weekend, please make sure that the doors are locked after you enter or exit. Outside lights should be left on.

    2. If you are expecting a visitor after hours, please keep an eye out and do not leave the door unlocked for them. There is a courtesy phone in front of the building which your visitor can use to call you upon arrival.

    3. If you see entry doors propped open when the building is empty, please close them at once. Please do not prop open exterior lunchroom doors (by the picnic tables) and make sure they are always secured.

    4. There have been instances in previous years when laptop computers were stolen from fellows' offices. Please keep your office door and windows locked whenever you are away for any length of time. Keep purses or other valuables in a locked desk or file drawer.

    5. The lunchroom/kitchen and the photocopy/supply room are to remain locked during off-hours.

    6. The doors separating the fellows wing and the staff wing from the core of the building should be locked after hours (i.e., after 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on weekends). The main exceptions to this are the interior access doors linking Levinthal Hall and the fellows wing, which are required by law to remain functional exits from the Levinthal side. These doors have an alarm (activated after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends) that will sound if anyone opens them.
  • Smoke-Free Environment[+]
    Stanford's buildings are smoke-free environments. According to Stanford policy, "smoking is prohibited in classrooms and offices, all enclosed buildings and facilities, in covered walkways, in University vehicles, during indoor or outdoor athletic events, and during other University sponsored or designated indoor or outdoor events. Outdoor smoking areas must be at least 20 feet away from doorways, open windows, covered walkways, and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering enclosed buildings and facilities."

    This means that smoking is prohibited inside the Humanities Center building, on the outdoor patios, and in the courtyard (they are too close to doors, windows, and ventilation units).
  • Children in the Workplace[+]
    University policy states that "minors are prohibited from being present in work areas at Stanford" (see However, fellows are welcome to bring their children to social events such as the fellows' picnics, as well the occasional lunch or reception. Minors must be under direct adult supervision while in the building or on the premises in order to protect them from injury and avoid disruption to fellows in their offices. Please consult the directors if you have any questions.
  • Pet Policy[+]
    With the exception of working animals (such as Seeing Eye dogs) in the attendance of their owners, animals are not allowed in the Humanities Center building.
  • Recycling[+]
    Please recycle! There are paper, container, and electronic-waste recycling bins throughout the building, including in the kitchen, copy room, and near computer workstations.

    Acceptable containers include: aluminum cans, glass bottles & jars, plastics #1 & #2, plastic bottles #1-7, aseptic contains, milk & juice cartons.
    Acceptable paper includes: all mixed paper excluding paper contaminated with food. If you can tear it, it's recyclable. You can also put plastic bags and bubble wrap in the mixed paper recycling.

    It is against the law to dispose of batteries or any other electronic waste in the trash; please dispose of all batteries in appropriate recycling containers (for example, the container in the copy room).
  • Energy Conservation[+]
    In order to help us conserve our resources, please refer to this URL: We encourage you to take the following steps:
    • Enable the sleep settings on your computer monitor. Screen savers do not save energy but sleep settings do. See: ITSS can help you with this set-up.
    • Turn off computers, monitors, printers, copiers, coffeepots, and lights every night and on weekends. If you can't turn off the entire computer, turn off the monitor and the printer. Be aware of peak power usage periods.
    • Try to minimize your energy use during peak demand hours (from noon to 6 p.m.).

    For more information, visit:

Stanford Resources

  • Child care and local schools[+]
    The WorkLife Office at Stanford assists members of the Stanford community in working towards reaching a balance between their work, study, personal and family lives. It offers consultations, resources and referral services, publications, library (with audio-visual materials), seminars and group activities. The office provides comprehensive information on childcare in the area, as well as public and private schools.

    Call (650) 723-2660 for an appointment if you need advice on the accredited child care centers in the Bay Area. It's also a focal point for bulletin board announcements if you are looking for a baby sitter, need to buy or sell baby items, or if you/your spouse and your child(ren) would like to participate in activities and get to know other families on campus.

    Because the waiting lists for childcare centers are long, we strongly recommend that you register your child with one of the centers as early as possible in order to be able to enroll him/her upon arrival in the autumn.
  • Stanford Libraries[+]
    There are sixteen libraries at Stanford. Cecil H. Green Library is the main research library with collections in the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and interdisciplinary areas. In addition, Stanford has five Coordinate Libraries: Hoover Institution Library and Archives, J. Hugh Jackson Business Library, Lane Medical Library, Robert Crown Law Library, and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Library. Visit the library system website for a description of resources, workshops, and a virtual tour.
  • Arts & Entertainment[+]
    Stanford's drama, dance, music, art and art history programs and departments, along with Stanford Lively Arts, are venues for a very active scene of performances by professionals and students.
  • Athletic facilities & Stanford sports teams[+]
    Fellows of the Center and their families may use Stanford recreational facilities by showing their Stanford ID. Stanford's athletic facilities are some of the best in the country, and fellows have full use of facilities. These include swimming pools, tennis courts, handball and squash courts, fully equipped men's and women's gymnasiums, and other facilities for track and field, softball, basketball and volleyball. The 18-hole Stanford golf course is also available to fellows. For operating hours, see the Department of Athletics, Physical Education.

    Athletic Department's website has all of the NCAA sporting events happening on campus.
  • Computer purchase discounts[+]
    External Fellows may purchase computer equipment through Stanford's university discount program at the Stanford Bookstore's "Computer Store." In order to make a purchase, you need to present your Visiting Scholar Card. The Computer Store is located on the second floor of the Stanford University Bookstore and can be reached by calling (650) 329-1217 or visiting their website.
  • Campus tours[+]
    Visitor Information Services offers tours of the campus and other landmarks. Free campus walking tours led by student guides are available. The tours include the Main Quad, Memorial Church, the science and engineering buildings, White Plaza, the Stanford Bookstore, and the libraries.

Emergency Policies and Safety Procedures

To ensure the personal safety of fellows and staff in emergencies, we ask that you familiarize yourselves with the Center's Emergency Operation Plan, which aims to provide an organized response to emergencies resulting from a major disaster. It is essential that everyone be familiar with this guide in order to ensure a successful implementation of the plan in case of an emergency.

The following Emergency Operation Plan focuses primarily on what to do before, during, and after an earthquake, fire, or major power outage.

  • Emergency Assembly Point[+]
    The Humanities Center's Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) is located in Kennedy Grove, outside Watt. This assembly point will be pointed out during your orientation, or you may ask the Center's office coordinator to show it to you. In the event of an emergency, proceed carefully but quickly to the EAP. Wear shoes to protect yourself from debris.

    Try to help people around you to evacuate; knock on doors, check bathrooms, and call out to others as you leave. Help anyone who may be in need of assistance.

    Remember, it is important to
    report to the EAP as soon as you can so that we can account for all personnel. If we have to report missing personnel, runners will be dispatched to the Campus Emergency Operations Center (711 Serra) to report on damage and carry instructions back to the group.
  • Earthquake Preparedness[+]
    • Find cover under a sturdy table or desk.
    • Wait for the shaking to stop, then exit the building.
    • All personnel should rendezvous at the Emergency Assembly Point.
    • Please help anyone who may need assistance with exiting the building.
    • Do not attempt to go back into the building until it is deemed safe and secure.
    • Be prepared for aftershocks.
    • DO NOT use matches, lighters or other ignition sources as there may be gas leaks.
    • In earthquakes most injuries occur as people are entering or leaving buildings.
    • If you are in a building, stay there. Take cover under a heavy desk; brace yourself in a doorway or in a corner where the building structure is strong.
    • If you are outside, stay there. Move away from buildings and power lines.
    • If you are in a moving car, stop as quickly as safety permits. Stay in the vehicle until the shaking stops. Watch for hazards such as falling objects, electrical wires or broken roadways.
    • Know how and where to take cover during a quake.
    • Anchor bookcases, cabinets, and large file cabinets. Do not stack furniture.
    • Move tall furniture away from exits. Do not use tall furniture as room dividers.
    • Secure computers, equipment, and display cases. Store heavy items at floor level.
    • Back up computer data and sensitive information; store duplicates off-site.
    • Locate safe and dangerous spots in your work area:
    • Safe spots: under a sturdy table or desk; under interior door frames or an interior corner away from shelves and windows
    • Danger spots: stay away from windows, glass doors, mirrors, hanging objects and tall unsecured furniture
    • If you take medication be sure to get refills when you are down to a supply of less than one week. If you usually keep medication at home, consider getting an extra refill to store in your emergency kit.
    • Check to make sure nothing heavy or breakable is hanging over you or located on top of elevated shelves.
    • Consider equipping your car with extra supplies:
    • comfortable shoes
    • extra clothing
    • a blanket
    • food, water, flashlight, etc.
    • Use only grounded electrical plugs.
    • Know the location of alarm stations and extinguishers, and how to use them.
    • If a fire alarm sounds, exit the building and proceed to the EAP.
    • If the area is filled with smoke, crawl to the nearest emergency exit.
    • Please help anyone who may need assistance with exiting the building.
    • Do not attempt to go back into the building until it is deemed safe and secure.
    • Remember, it is important to report to the EAP AS SOON AS YOU CAN so that we can account for all personnel.
  • Power Outage[+]
    • Keep offsite duplicates of critical computer data.
    • Do not overload power strips.
    • Report the outage to the Center's office coordinator or to Facilities (3-2281) after hours.
    • Help colleagues in darkened work areas to move to safe locations.
    • Open windows for additional light and ventilation.
    • To obtain more information about a prolonged outage, call the Stanford Emergency Information Hotline, 5-5555 or 650-725-5555.
  • Supplies[+]
    Emergency kits and flashlights are available in the following locations:
    • Staff kitchen cupboard
    • Watt cupboard
    • Copy Room
    • First floor printer (Wanda)
    • Second floor computer cluster
    • Levinthal Hall closet

    Please familiarize yourself with the location of the kits and flashlight. The Center's Emergency Operation Plan is also available at each location, as well as a separate kit with aspirin and Band-Aids.

    The supplies listed below are located in the large emergency black duffel bag located in the Levinthal closet. A member of the Emergency Response team will be designated as responsible for taking the bag if the building is evacuated.

    The following items in the emergency kit are to be used only in an emergency:

    • First aid supplies / emergency blankets / tarp
    • Tape and string
    • Paper, pens, permanent markers
    • Flashlights and batteries
    • Power strips and extension cords
    • Portable AM/FM radio with batteries
    • Water and food
  • To Report an Emergency Incident[+]
    Fire, Police, Medical Aid

    Campus phones 9-911

    Other phones 911

    Hazardous Materials Release (72)5-9999

    Health and Safety (72)3-0448

    Buildings & Grounds Maintenance (72)3-2281 (for building problems after hours)

    Stanford Hospital (72)3-6661

    When you call to report an emergency, tell the operator:
    • The type of emergency
    • If there are victims
    • The location of the emergency
    • Your name, location, and phone number

    Stay on the phone until the operator ends the call.

  • Emergency Information[+]
    Stanford University Emergency Information: 650 725 5555

    Inside U.S.A.: 1 800 897 4253 (1 800 89-SHAKE)

    From Abroad: 01 602 241 6769


    Tune in your radio to KZSU (90.1 FM) for campus information and instructions.

    Community Emergency Alert radio stations: KCBS 740 AM

    KGO 810 AM

    You and the members of your family should agree on a designated meeting place and a contact person outside the state in order to determine each other's safety and whereabouts.