The Stanford King Center on Global Development is a university-wide research center working to help improve the lives of people living in poverty around the world.
Our network of over 120 faculty affiliates from across the Stanford campus conducts research in more than 65 countries. We support ambitious new initiatives and collaboration across the university to stimulate research that can help alleviate global poverty and advance global development.Learn more about where we work
Training the next generation
We foster a diverse and talented new generation of global development scholars by providing opportunities for students to engage in world-class research and experiential learning. The King Center offers in-depth research experience for undergraduates; research grants and dissertation fellowships for graduate students; postdoctoral fellowships for emerging scholars; and postbaccalaureate research fellowships for aspiring global development scholars from diverse backgrounds.Dive into our next-generation programs
Engagement for impact
Conversations and collaborations among academics, policymakers, development organizations, and business leaders are key to moving the needle on global development. When scholars know what questions those most impacted need answered, and when people who are shaping policy and practice have access to insights from research, the potential is vast.Explore our policy-focused events
Our inaugural annual report shares highlights from the year and discusses how we adapted our programs to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic while remaining committed to supporting research by Stanford faculty and students and providing opportunities for virtual engagement.
The 2020—2021 report covers our continued support for faculty and student research and introduces our newly launched predoctoral research fellows program, which aims to help broaden the pool of scholars in global development and train the next generation of global policymakers and advisors.
Our 2021—2022 report highlights the expansion of our programs to support and train the next generation of global scholars and the impact of our faculty affiliates’ and students’ research efforts around the world.
About our benefactors
Bob and Dottie King have a long-standing dedication to global development. Drawing inspiration from relationships built by hosting more than 50 of Stanford’s international students in their home over the last 55 years, Bob and Dottie have made numerous significant philanthropic investments to empower students and entrepreneurs working in emerging economies. At Stanford, in addition to their support for the King Center, the Kings are founding donors of Stanford Seed, an initiative led by the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Stanford Seed partners with entrepreneurs in emerging markets and provides them with training, coaching, and networking support to build thriving enterprises that transform lives. The Kings also have provided generous support for Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Athletics, and several other areas across the university.