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Your donation to the King Center will support research on pressing challenges in global development, help expand programs to train the next generation of leaders, and foster dialogue on critical issues relevant to improving the lives of the world's poor.

✔ Support purposeful research

The King Center supports research that aims to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of people living in poverty around the world.  Our large-scale initiatives tackle specific, timely issues from a multiplicity of angles, aiming to identify scalable solutions and inform policies and implementation efforts. Our seed grants provide opportunities for scholars from  all seven of Stanford’s schools to conduct exploratory work and improve our understanding of critical issues.


✔ Expand programs to help train the next generation of leaders

The King Center creates opportunities for Stanford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level to hone their research skills, explore new areas and build their independent research agendas. The King Center also trains and mentors predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows from the Global South through dedicated, multi-year programs. Every year the King Center supports hundreds of aspiring scholars from diverse academic backgrounds on their journeys to becoming leaders in global development.

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Helping train young leaders

Yoshika Crider is an interdisciplinary global health researcher with a background in environmental engineering and epidemiology. As part of the Postdoctoral Fellows Program, Crider collaborates with Stanford faculty, PhD students, and Predoctoral Research Fellows, as well as pursues her own research focused on WASH interventions.

Learn more about Crider's background and research


✔ Raise awareness of global development challenges and opportunities

The King Center’s events, including its flagship Speaker Series, bring distinguished scholars, policymakers, and practitioners from around the world to discuss recent advances as well as enduring challenges in the fight against poverty. Such exchanges both help inform our research and ensure that our research helps shape policy and practice. These events also provide the opportunity for students, researchers, and members of the King Center's community to ask questions and listen to the diverse background and experience from speakers in academia, international organizations, the private sector and government.

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Fostering intentional discussions

The King Center hosted Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund, for a discussion with Stanford economics professor Pete Klenow on the future of the international monetary system, where she also answered questions from Stanford students.

Watch Gita Gopinath's talk at the King Center