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For Prospective Predoctoral Research Fellows

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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. 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).

See all current and former Predoctoral Research Fellows

Interested applicants should have

  • Completed a 4-year 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. 

How to apply

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

  1. Application form.
  2. Cover Letter - Describe 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); any other relevant information.
  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.