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Stanford’s commitment to diversity includes support for programs that help us achieve a diverse and successful graduate student body. The VPGE office funds student-led projects that promote diversity and offers competitive fellowships for students from diverse backgrounds, such as DARE and EDGE.

Individual schools may also provide financial support for individual students and for diversity initiatives. Contact the Diversity Officer in your school to discuss possibilities.


Diversity Works

Come together with academic leaders to discuss issues related to diversity and excellence in higher education at Diversity Works.

WISE and WISSH Groups

Since June 2001, Stanford has sponsored mentoring groups for women doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in science and engineering (WISE). For the past several years, a similar program has also been available for women PhD students and postdocs in the social sciences and the humanities (WISSH).


Fellowships Eligibility Process Application Period

CCSRE: Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Emerging Scholars Graduate Fellowship

CCSRE provides three-year fellowships to incoming doctoral students, who are interested in the study of the meanings, processes, and consequences of race, ethnicity and inequality. Learn More
Incoming Doctoral Students by Nomination Winter quarter

DARE: Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence

The DARE Doctoral Fellowship prepares students from diverse backgrounds to pursue and succeed in academic careers. Learn More
Doctoral Students by Application Winter quarter

DDRO: Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity

DDRO funds cover expenses for doctoral dissertation research on diversity-related topics. Learn More
Doctoral Students by Application Spring quarter (2024)

DIF: Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds

DIF is a program that supports Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the development of a project that will advance diversity within those populations. Learn More
All Students, Postdoctoral Scholars by Application Spring quarter

EDGE: Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship Program

EDGE aims to recruit and retain outstanding doctoral students who will contribute to the diversity, broadly-defined, of their academic fields and degree programs. Learn More
Incoming Doctoral Students by Nomination Winter Quarter

RAISE: Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement Doctoral Fellowship

The RAISE Doctoral Fellowship Program supports doctoral students who are motivated to make positive contributions to their communities and the world. Learn More
Doctoral Students by Application Winter quarter

Recruitment Support to Departments

Recruitment support provides reimbursement for faculty and degree program efforts to recruit a diverse graduate student population. Learn More
Faculty, Departments by Nomination Winter quarter

SCORE (Strengthening the Core) Academic Innovation Funds

SCORE Academic Innovation Funds support faculty-led innovations in core areas of graduate education. Learn More
Faculty by Application No deadline; applications accepted anytime.

SPICE: Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement

SPICE funds support graduate students' efforts to build and expand their intellectual communities at Stanford. Learn More
All Students by Application The annual cycle for AY2024-25 is open now.