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Program Summary

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The Stanford GSB Research Fellows Program is a two-year full-time program commencing in July 2016.

The fellowship offers tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend ($39,400 in 2015-16). As non-matriculated, non-degree students at Stanford University, Fellows have access to the wide array of facilities and resources that Stanford offers. Fellows will be provided with a work space that is co-located with Stanford GSB PhD students.

Fellows are expected to fully participate in the intellectual life at Stanford GSB and the university.

Research Assistantship

Stanford GSB faculty conduct research on a wide variety of cutting-edge topics. Fellows participate in research projects and assist with empirical research papers initiated by GSB faculty members. Projects are assigned based on student interest and faculty/project availability. Projects generally involve manipulation of large data sets and sophisticated statistical modelling, and require strong programming skills. Day to day work will mostly utilize statistical packages such as R, Matlab, or Stata, but we will favor applicants with some lower level programming experience (e.g., C or java). Students can expect to work closely with GSB faculty members and receive individual instruction on the techniques required.


Fellows are required to take one doctoral-level course in business, economics, statistics, math, or related field during 2-3 quarters in the academic year. Course selection is made in consultation with faculty.

Many doctoral programs will accept transfer units for equivalent doctoral level coursework completed at Stanford GSB and Stanford University. You may find it helpful to review coursework as required by the PhD Program. At the completion of the program, Fellows may have up to six completed doctoral-level courses.


Fellows are expected to attend weekly field seminars. Faculty members and doctoral students jointly conduct these sessions, which consist of an interchange of research ideas and progress reports.