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Stanford's Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education was founded in January 2007 to expand what's possible in graduate education.

The creation of a Vice Provost office focused on graduate education was recommended by the Commission on Graduate Education in its report released in November 2005. Patricia J. Gumport, Professor of Education, was appointed to be Stanford's first Vice Provost for Graduate Education. In May 2018, Postdoctoral Affairs was added to the VP's title, in recognition of the role's university-wide leadership on behalf of postdoctoral scholars.

In September 2019, Stacey F. Bent, Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor and senior associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in Stanford’s School of Engineering, became the university’s second Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Stanford and VPGE's commitment to our graduate students is documented by the milestones below. Please follow links to relevant articles and websites for more information.

The Faculty Senate adopted a policy requiring all graduate programs to set explicit advising expectations, and removed the University policy requiring the GRE for graduate applications.




Nov 2005 Commission of Graduate Education Report released In September 2004, President Hennessy charged the Commission on Graduate Education with examining Stanford’s graduate programs, particularly in light of the challenges and opportunities confronting graduate students in the 21st century. 
Aug 2006 Patricia J. Gumport, Professor of Education appointed Stanford's inaugural Vice Provost for Graduate Education Patricia J. Gumport, a professor of education and the director of the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research, chosen to fill the new position of vice provost for graduate education as of January 1, 2007, Provost John Etchemendy announced.
Jan 2007 Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education opened The mission of the VPGE office is to work collaboratively across the university to ensure that every graduate student receives the best possible educational experience. VPGE's initiatives and resources enrich students' academic experiences at Stanford by advancing diversity, preparing leaders, and positioning Stanford at the forefront of innovation in graduate education.
Jan 2007 Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering (SGF) moved under VPGE The multi-year Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Science and Engineering (SGF) supports exceptional incoming and continuing doctoral students in the natural and social sciences, education, engineering, and the basic sciences in the School of Medicine.
Sep 2007 Stanford Graduate Summer Institute established and led by VPGE The Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) is a collection of accelerated, week-long courses held two weeks before Autumn Quarter for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to explore new subjects, experiment with new ideas, and meet new people.
Dec 2007 Diversifying Academic, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship launched The Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship Program awards two-year fellowships to advanced doctoral students who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate.
Feb 2008 SCORE and SPICE launched VPGE launched two academic innovation funding programs: SCORE (Strengthening the Core) Academic Innovation Funds to support faculty-led initiatives, and SPICE (Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement) to support student-led initiatives.
Apr 2008 First Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowships awarded The Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF) awards a competitive, university-wide program that awards three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research.
Jun 2008 Professors John Boothroyd and Sheri Sheppard appointed faculty Associate Vice Provosts John Boothroyd and Sheri Sheppard brought their expertise to VPGE to develop pilot programs in leadership and professional development, and contributed their expertise to existing programs to support graduate-student diversity and promote innovation.
Sep 2009 VPGE's Leadership Dinners launched Leadership Dinners were created to bring proven leaders from various arenas together with a small group of graduate students for dinner and informal discussion about what it means to be a leader and to lead organizations, movements, and people. 
Mar 2010 VPGE began support of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Day (GRAD Day) During GRAD Day, prospective graduate students meet members of Stanford’s faculty and staff, including senior diversity officers, as well as current graduate students. Academic departments hold special events for the visitors.
Jun 2012 Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship Program received President's Awards for Excellence Through Diversity The Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship Program was honored with the President's Award "for its conscientious efforts to diversify the academic pipeline through the creation and development of university-wide programs." The citation also commends the program "for its broad interpretation of the word diversity to encompass diversity of background, experiences and worldviews, as well as diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical capabilities and socio-economic history."
Sep 2013 Graduate Professional Development Framework launched The interactive Graduate Professional Development (GPD) Framework ("VPGE Wheel") was developed to connect students to resources and learning opportunities to support their academic success and prepare for diverse careers beyond Stanford.
Sep 2013 Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowships expanded under VPGE The Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellowship Program supports the recruitment and academic success of outstanding doctoral students who have the potential to enhance the diversity - broadly defined - of their academic disciplines and fields.
Aug 2014 Stanford PhD Alumni Employment Study completed by VPGE and IRDS The pilot PhD Alumni Employment study, which began in July 2013, was a collaboration between VPGE and Stanford's Institutional Research & Decision Support (IRDS) team.
Jan 2015 Preparing Future Professors program expanded under VPGE Preparing Future Professors created to give students a chance to experience faculty life first-hand, by shadowing a faculty member at a local college or university.
Sep 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Funds launched VPGE's Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF) established to support Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the development of a project that will advance graduate student diversity.
Feb 2017 New Escondido Village Graduate Residences plan approved by Stanford's Board of Trustees Plans to construct a residential complex in Escondido Village and increase much-needed, on-campus housing for graduate students moved one step closer to reality when Stanford’s Board of Trustees approved the design of the project.
Dec 2017 Town Hall on federal tax legislation co-sponsored by VPGE VPGE collaborated with graduate students to address the impacts a proposed federal tax legislation would have on graduate students, co-hosting a Town Hall for the student community.
Apr 2018 Faculty Senate adjusts advising and GRE policies The Faculty Senate adopts a new policy requiring that all graduate programs establish explicit advising expectations, and eliminates the long-standing university policy requiring the GRE for graduate admissions.
Apr 2018 Stanford Families Working Advisory Group (SFWAG) report released The Stanford Families Working Advisory Group (SFWAG), commissioned by VP Patricia J. Gumport, released a report offering recommendations to address many of the challenges experienced by graduate student parents who juggle demanding academic, research and family responsibilities.
Jun 2018 Student Family Grant program established Stanford created a need-based Family Grant program that provides up to $10,000 per year for a graduate student with dependent children. Funds may be used flexibly to cover expenses such as childcare, healthcare, and rent.
Nov 2018 DARE Doctoral Fellowship celebrated 10 year anniversary The Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Doctoral Fellowship Program commemorated its 10th anniversary with a three-day conference and celebration.
Nov 2018 Gumport announced she will step down as VP Patricia J. Gumport, vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, announced she will return to teaching in the Graduate School of Education and resume her work as director of the Stanford Institute of Higher Education Research at the end of August 2019.
Apr 2019 Faculty Senate voted to require faculty Director of Graduate Studies To increase support for graduate students, the Faculty Senate unanimously approved a new policy requiring that all graduate programs appoint a faculty Director of Graduate Studies to serve as a liaison between students and the department or program and university administration.
May 2019 Stacey F. Bent appointed Stanford vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs Stacey F. Bent, Jagdeep and Roshni Singh Professor and senior associate dean for faculty and academic affairs in Stanford’s School of Engineering, appointed as the university’s 2nd vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs, beginning Sept 1, 2019.
Jun 2019 Gumport awarded the university's Kenneth M. Cuthbertson Award for Contributions to Stanford University The Cuthbertson Award honored Patricia J. Gumport “for increasing the visibility of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students and amplifying their voices within faculty and administrative circles” and “for exhibiting the perfect combination of leading and listening” and “for her kind, giving nature, which inspires others to give of themselves.”
Sep 2019 Bent welcomed as new VP Stacey F. Bent began her term as Stanford's second vice provost for graduate education and postdoctoral affairs.
Feb 2020 Bent presents to Stanford's Board of Trustees VP Bent, Deans, and a panel of students and postdocs discuss the impact, challenges, and opportunities of graduate education and postdoctoral training with Trustees.
Oct 2021 Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement (RAISE) launched VPGE launched RAISE to support doctoral students who are motivated to make positive contributions to their communities and the world.
April 2022 Professor Vaughn Rasberry appointed faculty Associate Vice Provost Vaughn Rasberry will prioritize developing and strengthening the relationships between graduate students and faculty, and work to bring graduate education in closer alignment with Stanford’s IDEAL Initiative.