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Graduate Students

Graduate students are an integral part of the Stanford King Center’s research community. The King Center offers a number of opportunities for Stanford graduate students who want to take part in wide-ranging research on global poverty and development.

Learn more about the various research opportunities available to graduate students:

The Stanford King Center offers graduate student fellowships that provide up to three quarters of support in the form of tuition and a graduate student stipend. Students must be pursuing dissertation research on topics related to global poverty and development.

Graduate student research funding supports faculty-supervised doctoral student research activities, particularly field-based work on global poverty and economic development in middle- and low-income countries.

The Ronald I. McKinnon Memorial Fellowship honors Professor McKinnon’s memory by funding outstanding undergraduate and graduate research projects for students declared in economics and writing an honors thesis in international economics, international finance, or economic development.

The Deshpande Foundation Sandbox serves as a home for NGOs in a variety of fields to experiment and develop programs that are then implemented in neighboring areas. Students will be synthesizing quantitative research on the impact of the “Skill in Village” program for improving adolescent English skills.

MakerGhat is a community-run non-profit incubator situated in Powai (Mumbai), which provides underserved, urban youth access to a staffed “makerspace”. Students will develop inventions and solutions to local problems, as well as work collaboratively with regional non-profits.

The Journeys of Inquiry program allows Stanford undergraduate and graduate students to experience different societies and cultures as part of short-term experiential programs led by Stanford King Center faculty affiliates. Programs typically take place in the summer and past trip locations have included Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, China, and India.

For an eight- to ten-week term, Stanford Seed Internships provide undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work in a small- to medium-size company in low- to middle-income countries. Students will contribute to projects leading to the transformational growth of an emerging venture.

For on-campus opportunities, the Academic Affinity Group | Economic Development in Africa Scholars is a graduate student organization dedicated to fostering collaboration and community among young leaders committed to addressing economic development challenges in Africa. As a student-led affiliate of the Stanford King Center, it harnesses Stanford’s unique resources to support graduate students who want to share their interest in development in Africa into engaged scholarship.

The Stanford King Center hosts student-oriented events throughout the year to foster community and collaboration. If you or your student group is interested in hosting an event related to international development, please contact us.