Stanford has fundamentally changed the way it conducts research and education on issues related to the environment. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment serves as the hub for this new interdisciplinary approach. Across Stanford’s campus, there is a wide variety of environmental courses and continuing education offerings.

Mel Lane Student Grants Program

This program offers grants for Stanford student-driven-and-managed environmental projects that make a measureable impact on sustainability issues through action or applied academic research. Preference is given to projects that focus on environmental sustainability within one of the following topic areas: climate, ecosystem services and conservation, food security, freshwater, oceans, public health and sustainable development. 

Mentoring Undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Research (MUIR)

MUIR provides stipends to full- and part-time Stanford undergraduate students to conduct interdisciplinary environmental research during the summer. Faculty are welcome to apply on behalf of undergraduates at all levels and from all departments. Students wishing to initiate a project need to approach a faculty member who is willing to apply on the student's behalf.

Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships (SIGF)

This program awards three-year fellowships to outstanding Stanford doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. It is a competitive university-wide program overseen and administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education. Examples of potential research include interdisciplinary initiatives in bio-x, biomedical research and biosciences, international studies, creativity and the arts, K-12 education and environment, energy and sustainability.