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Graduate Student Research Funding

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.

Research activities must be conceptualized and led by students, but in some cases student research activities may build on faculty projects. All research supported by this program is expected to be part of a doctoral dissertation.
Applications are considered during the fall and spring quarters and must be made through the Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities website.

Application deadlines for the 2019-2020 academic year are:
  • Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • Wednesday, April 22, 2020
There are two tiers of awards: exploratory awards (up to $7,000) and full awards (up to $25,000). Detailed budgets justifying funds requested must accompany applications, and emphasis will be placed on “value for money.”  Partial awards may also be made. 
Awards will prioritize projects requesting coverage of direct research costs (travel, field expenses, data acquisition, etc.).
Approximately 8 to 12 awards are expected to be made each year and will be dispersed, if award conditions (listed below) are met, in two equal increments.
Awards will be announced within one month of the application deadline and funds awarded must to be spent within 12 months of the award. If the project involves human subjects, no funds will be disbursed until awardees obtain IRB approval.
Award Conditions:
To receive the first 50% of the award funds:
  • Submission of a 100-word abstract of the proposed research, a short bio and photograph of the recipient to be used on the center website and to inform donors.
  • Submission an updated budget (using the attached sample budget template provided here) that reflects the total award amount.
To receive the final 50% of the award funds:
  • Submission of an updated budget that provides details regarding how the funds were spent, accompanied by supporting documentation, e.g., receipts, invoices, travel documents, etc.
  • Submission of a brief research report and several digital photographs highlighting the research and/or travel, which may be shared with donors. This final report should be five pages maximum, written in non-technical language, and should include:
    • 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:
In the recipient's dissertation, as well as any resulting publications, the award recipient agrees to acknowledge that the research was supported by the Stanford King Center on Global Development’s Graduate Student Research Funding. Funding recipients may be invited to present their work at a workshop or seminar organized by the Stanford King Center on Global Development.

View eligibility and budget information.

To apply, graduate students must submit an online application through Stanford Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO).  The application includes:

  • A two-page project description: Upload one PDF or Word 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 (see details here)
  • Faculty advisor letters of nomination (one letter for exploratory awards and two letters for full awards). Letters are requested by students within the application and are submitted by the faculty via SOLO. Letters have the same due dates as the application.
  • A CV

Please direct any questions to Corinne Thomas at