The following programs and funds are directly administered by the VPGE office. In addition, the schools, departments and programs at Stanford also provide numerous opportunities to explore and expand your graduate academic experience.
The A - Z Index for this site contains links to all VPGE Programs, as well as other resources for the Stanford graduate community. Contact the VPGE office to request a small brochure describing VPGE Programs - brochures are available for faculty and for students.
From its first award in 1997, the endowed Stanford Graduate Fellowships (SGF) Program in Science and Engineering has provided multi-year financial support to hundreds of Ph.D. students in the sciences and engineering. Approximately 1500 students in over 40 departments have been supported, and more than 650 Ph.D.s have been granted to SGF Fellows. Since 2007, three new fellowship programs have been launched, including DARE, CSRE and SIGF.
Today’s intellectual and social problems require the minds and talents of students from many fields. Stanford's graduate students—tomorrow’s problem-solvers and leaders—are be able to roam freely, gathering and sharing ideas across disciplines.
VPGE works to expand cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary educational opportunities for students. We encourage students to enroll in classes across the university, outside of their home discipline. We foster opportunities for students from diverse fields to interact with one another, expanding their professional and personal networks.
See other interdisciplinary oppportunities, including graduate courses particularly for students in other fields:
To be leaders in educational, government, business, community, and social organizations throughout their lives, Stanford graduate students will need to develop leadership, communication, and management skills. The VPGE office has identified three areas of skills and knowledge – aka “core competencies” – that are important to all graduate students, whatever career they pursue. Learn more about professional development workshops, courses, and resources on these pages, or review the At-A-Glance summary..
Also check out resources offered by our many campus partners and through your own school or department:
Continued investment in students, faculty, and academic departments is essential to maintain and extend our outstanding graduate degree programs in light of increased competitiveness, new global challenges, and new opportunities for disciplinary expertise to inform multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary problem-solving.
At the graduate level, Stanford believes a student body that is both highly qualified and diverse in terms of culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, work and life experiences is essential to educational excellence. A diverse community of scholars asks unexpected questions and has divergent insights, and so pushes the forefront of knowledge further, faster. The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education works collaboratively with others to broaden the participation and promote the success of students from a variety of backgrounds under-represented within research universities. As a result, the next generation of leaders will be better prepared, and all members of the Stanford community can reap the educational benefits of diversity.
Students need a wide range of information and skills to succeed in graduate education and beyond. Numerous resources are avaiilable through the office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, as well as other offices at Stanford. The pages below suggest some of these, organized by themes. These and other resources can also be found on Practical Resources for Students.