Graduate Student Research Funding at the Stanford King Center on Global Development supports faculty-supervised Stanford doctoral student research activities, particularly field-based work on global poverty and economic development in middle- and low-income countries. Stanford students working on projects without a field-based component but otherwise topically relevant, including historical work, may also apply.
Application deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year are:
- Sunday, October 27, 2019
- Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Detailed budgets justifying funds requested must accompany applications, and emphasis will be placed on “value for money.” Partial awards may also be made. The King Center budget template must be used.
Eligibility and Requirements
Budget and Budget Justification (1 page):
Upload one PDF document using the sample budget template.
The budget justification should include:
- An itemized budget of all research-related expenses.
- A list of anticipated sources of funding. Indicate which items would be supported by these funds and which are covered by other sources.
- Travel costs (either domestic or international) associated with the proposed research
- Other special project costs such as purchase of datasets, production of questionnaires and surveys, or human subject costs
- Data entry or transcription costs
- Other activities directly related to the research (please give details)
- Payments to undergraduate students
- Equipment purchase(s)
- Travel costs for dependents and/or spouses
- Travel costs for job interviews
- Travel costs to attend or present at professional conferences
- Dissertation write-up grants
- Health insurance
- Course registration
- Stanford tuition
- Language training
- All funds will be dispersed as “Stipend Funding” via the Graduate Financial Support (GFS) system.
- Stipend funding maybe considered taxable income for the recipient although no tax forms are generated by the university.
- The tax obligation varies according to the student's total income, dependency status, treaty status for international students, and individual circumstances.
- International students may have taxes deducted before funds are released.
- Residents of certain counties may be able to claim a tax treaty benefit for reduced federal taxation.
- For assistance with tax withholding, tax treaty and tax form issues, submit a Support Request.
- For more information regarding tax considerations, please visit Student Financial Services.
- Submission of a 100-word abstract of the proposed research and a short biography written in the third person
- Submission of a photograph of the recipient to be used on the center website and to inform donors.
- Submission of a final budget that provides details regarding how the funds were spent. You must use the budget template.
- Submission of a brief research report and several digital photographs highlighting the research which may be shared with donors.
- The research topic
- A summary of the research
- The stage of the research and any findings
- How the award enhanced or supported the research
- Next steps including anything that may be of interest to the donor(s)
- The recipient's future academic and/or professional career plans
- Field photos (if possible)
Additional Award Conditions
- A 100-word project abstract
- A two-page project description: Upload a PDF document that provides a cogent summary of the proposed research written in a manner clear to non-specialists. The selection committee is composed of a range of scholars and may not include specialists in the applicant's field. Project summaries must not exceed two pages. They should be single spaced, use conventional margins, and be in 11-point font or larger.
- A detailed budget and budget justification (use only budget template)
- Faculty advisor letters of nomination (one letter for exploratory awards and two letters for full awards).
- 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. Out of courtesy to the faculty, please do not wait to add their name(s) until you are ready to submit your application; add the name(s) as soon as you know you will be applying and have requested letter(s).
- Faculty letters of recommendation have the same due dates as the application and must also be submitted as PDF files.
- A PDF of the applicant’s CV or resume.
- A PDF of the applicant’s transcripts.