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Programs & Funding

Stanford’s commitment to diversity includes support for programs that help us achieve a diverse and successful graduate student body. The VPGE office funds student-led projects that promote diversity and offers competitive fellowships for students from diverse backgrounds, such as DARE and EDGE.

Individual schools may also provide financial support for individual students and for diversity initiatives. Contact the Diversity Officer in your school to discuss possibilities.

Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship Program

Competitive fellowships for doctoral students in their final two years of study who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers, and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate.

Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Fellowship Program

Fellowships by nomination for incoming doctoral students in education, engineering, natural and social sciences, and mathematics who will contribute to the diversity of their field or department and who aim to pursue an academic career.

Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement (SPICE)

Funds for innovative, student-led activities and events to expand the intellectual community of graduate departments, programs, or communities. Projects may be aligned with the VPGE office’s key areas of focus: diversity, interdisciplinary learning, or professional development.

Diversity Innovation Funds (DIF)

Diversity Innovation Funds (DIF) is a pilot program that supports Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the development of a project that will advance diversity within those populations.

Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO)

Competitive research support for doctoral students studying diversity-related topics such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and work or life experiences. Applications are accepted twice a year.

Diversity Projects by Voluntary Student Organizations (VSOs)

Support for projects and events that aim to enhance campus diversity and are sponsored by recognized Stanford VSOs. Quarterly application deadlines are Nov. 1, Feb. 1, and Apr. 1.

Distinguished Alumni Scholars (DAS)

University-wide program to inspire students from diverse cultural backgrounds to consider academia as a career option; supported by the Provost, the offices of the Vice Provosts for Faculty Development and Diversity, Graduate Education, and Undergraduate Education.