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Graduate Student Fellowships on Global Development

The Stanford King Center on Global Development offers graduate student fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year that provide up to three quarters of fellowship support in the form of tuition and a graduate student stipend to qualified Stanford student applicants (PhD students with TGR status) pursuing dissertation research on topics related to global poverty and development.

Most funding is reserved for Stanford graduate students in their final year who are completing their dissertations.

Research focused on China is eligible for funding support by the King Center's China Program.

The application deadline for graduate student fellowships during the 2021-2022 academic year is Monday, April 19, 2021 at 11:59pm. 

The application will be available on the Stanford On- & Off-Campus Learning Opportunites (SOLO) website. 

Award Conditions:

Submission of a 100-word abstract of the dissertation research, a short bio and photograph of the recipient to be used on the center website and to inform donors.

Within one year of the award, submission of a brief, final research report, as well as future academic plans, which may be shared with donors. This final report should be five pages maximum, written in non-technical language, and should include:

  • The dissertation research topic
  • A summary of the research
  • The research findings and contributions
  • How the fellowship enhanced or supported the research
  • The stage of the research and any findings
  • Next steps including future academic and/or professional career plans and anything that may be of interest to our donor(s)

Additional Award Conditions:

In the recipient's dissertation, as well as any resulting publications, the fellowship recipient agrees to acknowledge that the research was supported by the Stanford King Center on Global Development’s Graduate Student Fellowship.

Awardees are required to write a thank you letter to the donor who provided the fellowship funding.

Awardees may be invited to present their work at a workshop or seminar organized by the Stanford King Center on Global Development.

Eligibility and Requirements: 

Stanford PhD graduate students, who will have TGR status at the time of award, are eligible to apply.

Students may not defer this award. This award must be used for quarters during the 2020-21 academic year. Students should only consider applying if they plan to use the award during the 2020-21 academic year.

This fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other graduate fellowship or assistantship. 

Next Steps:

To apply, Stanford PhD students who have TGR status must submit an online application through the SOLO platform including:

  • Dissertation proposal (five pages maximum), including a description of the question you are studying, a brief literature review, and a description of the overall design of your study(ies).
  • If you are applying before the final year, a two-page project description of the project you will work on during the quarters for which you are requesting funding. This is not required for students applying for funding for their final year.
  • Transcripts
  • CV
  • Number of quarters of funding requested and which quarters
  • One letter of recommendation from the thesis supervisor or academic mentor must be submitted by the faculty member through SOLO as part of the student's online application. This letter of recommendation is also due April 19, 2021.
    • Faculty letters of nomination are requested by students within the application and a link is instantly sent to the faculty member who can then submit the letter via SOLO.  
    • Faculty may submit letters of recommendation at any time after receiving the link and do NOT have to wait for the student to submit the application.  Faculty letters of recommendation have the same due dates as the application and must also be submitted as PDF files.**
    • Please be courteous to the faculty writer and request a letter from them early that they have more time to write and submit.

**Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their letter of recommendation is submitted by the application deadline.