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Graduate Students

Graduate students are an integral part of the King Center on Global Development’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 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 graduate research projects for PhD students writing a dissertation on topics of international economics, international finance, or economic development.  Applications are submitted through the Graduate Student Research Funding program.  

The Academic Year Research Assistant Program connects King Center faculty affiliates to master's students committed to providing research support. Students have the opportunity to engage in world-class research and have real-world impact.  With the four-quarter 2020-21 academic year, the program will offer positions fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters.  Research work is limited to 15 hours per week each quarter. 

Please note that the faculty member must request the research support, so if you are a master's student and interested in a particular affiliate's research, please contact the faculty member directly.  

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 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 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 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.