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Conference and Event Support

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The King Center invites proposals from Stanford faculty, postdocs, and graduate students for conferences, lectures, workshops, or other events on topics relevant to global development and poverty. 

King Center staff are available to assist with event planning and logistics. Staff can also reserve in-house conference room space based on room availability. All conference rooms are equipped with standard AV technology, and one small conference room has Zoom-enabled capabilities.

Please note that the primary event organizers must be Stanford faculty members, postdocs, or PhD students.

Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a small committee appointed by the center’s Faculty Steering Committee. Committee members who submit a request will recuse themselves from discussions of their own submissions. Funding decisions are typically announced within two weeks of submission.

Submit an Event Support Request

Please make a copy of the budget template here, fill it out and attach it to the Event Support Request form.

Scope of request

Events that bring together faculty in new ways are encouraged. Event topics may involve the broad range of disciplines involved in global development, including but not limited to earth sciences, economics, engineering, medicine, political science, or policy.

Events may include lectures, smaller workshops, or larger multi-day conferences. Requests to co-fund departmental seminar series may also be considered. The King Center supports academic events, and events that bring policymakers or private sector leaders and academics together.


Please note that due to center policy, no honorariums can be paid.

The King Center follows Stanford University’s meal policies and COVID-19 policies

Staff assistance

Center staff have experience organizing a variety of events and can assist with the following:

  • Hosting virtual conferences and seminars on Zoom
  • Reserving in-house conference room space (subject to availability)
  • Drafting and circulating calls for papers and event invitations
  • Collecting paper submissions and maintaining submission records
  • Securing and communicating with vendors, such as caterers, restaurants, furniture vendors, hotels, AV technicians, parking staff, cleaning and trash support, etc.
  • Drafting and circulating reimbursement guidelines for conference participants and processing those reimbursements through Stanford’s finance system
  • Supplying name tags, registration materials and other event supplies
  • Providing day-of support during the event


Please contact the King Center at with any questions.