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PhD Admissions

Important Dates

E-IPER welcomes applications for Fall matriculation only; the application deadline for Autumn 2016 matriculation is 11:59pm PST on December 1, 2015. The online application is now open. Interviews typically occur in February, and offers are extended in March.


Though E-IPER has no course prerequisites for application purposes, it is expected that students will enter the PhD program with foundational quantitative skills. These skills can certainly be obtained through E-IPER coursework as long as students understand that this may extend the length of their program. Additionally, the strongest candidates will be able to demonstrate coursework, experience or research in multiple disciplines including (but not limited to) physical, biological and social sciences. Further, the admissions committee would hope to see some coursework or practical experience in the applicant's areas of proposed research. Read through the Degree Requirements for more information. International applicants can consult the Graduate Admissions website to determine eligibility for applying to a graduate program at Stanford.


Regardless of their citizenship or financial circumstances, all admitted E-IPER PhD students are guaranteed up to five years of funding, compiled from a variety of sources including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, gifts, and endowed funds. PhD applicants are also encouraged to investigate outside funding opportunities, such as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships, the Department of Energy (as federal agencies, these opportunities are limited to US citizens and permanent residents), and other opportunities for which they might be eligible.