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The King Center's Predoctoral Research Fellows Program is a full-time, two-year postbaccalaureate program designed to prepare individuals for careers in academic research focused on issues related to global development. The program provides a diverse set of fellows with the opportunity to gain research experience and preparation for applications to PhD programs and doctoral studies. This multidisciplinary program operates in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Fellows are appointed as non-matriculated graduate students and are expected to fully engage in the intellectual life at Stanford University. Fellows will work with King Center Faculty Affiliates on research projects and can take courses at Stanford University for credit. The fellowship offers tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend. 

The King Center’s Predoctoral Research Fellows Program particularly encourages applications from students from low- and middle-income countries, as well as from others whose backgrounds and experience would contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of the program. The King Center is committed to creating inclusive research environments and to fostering the growth of the next generation of researchers in global development. We are a proud participant in Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC).

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How to apply

Please review the predoc opportunities webpage, which includes short blurbs about the projects and faculty mentors. Each opportunity also indicates specific skills, like languages, that would be desirable for prospective predocs to have. 

In your application, you are welcome to select as many opportunities as you like, and/or to select the option to be considered for additional opportunities that may be added later.

In your application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Application form, including short answer questions on your interest in the program and specific King Center thematic areas, your familiarity with programming languages (Stata, R, Python, Matlab, etc.), your prior experience as a research assistant and with independent research (e.g., a senior thesis), and other relevant information.
  2. Answers to opportunity-specific questions (if required by the faculty mentor). 
  3. CV - Include all relevant education, research experience, work experience and skills.
  4. Undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts - You may submit an unofficial copy.
  5. Optional writing sample - A paper (or excerpt) that displays your writing and analytic skills and capacity to execute independent research. A senior thesis, Master's thesis, or a term paper are all fine choices. Any length is acceptable.
  6. The contact information for two faculty members or others who can attest to your relevant skills and experience. Your recommenders will be asked to upload letters of recommendation through our application portal.

Interested applicants should have

  • Completed an undergraduate degree (bachelors or foreign equivalent);
  • A strong quantitative background and interest in learning cutting-edge research methods;
  • A demonstrated interest in issues around global development and poverty alleviation; 
  • Creative and independent problem-solving skills;
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD in a field related to global development. 

Have a question?

Please visit our page for frequently asked questions about the Predoctoral Research Fellows Program.

If you still have questions about the Predoctoral Research Fellows Program after reviewing the frequently asked questions page, please contact the King Center at We will strive to respond to all queries within one business week.

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Ei Thandar Myint headshot
Predoc stories

Q&A with King Center Predoctoral Fellow Ei Thandar Myint

Former predoctoral fellow Myint discusses her research with King Center faculty affiliates and her overall experience as part of the inaugural cohort in the program.

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Diego Tocre
Predoc stories

Q&A with King Center Predoctoral Fellow Diego Tocre

Tocre discusses his experience and research projects as an inaugural member of the King Center's Predoctoral Research Fellows Program.

Read about Diego's experience