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Programs & Funding

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).


Eligibility Process Application Period
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.
Incoming Doctoral Students by Nomination Winter quarter
The DARE Doctoral Fellowship prepares students from diverse backgrounds to pursue and succeed in academic careers.
Doctoral Students by Application Winter quarter
DDRO funds cover expenses for doctoral dissertation research on diversity-related topics.
Doctoral Students by Application Winter quarter
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.
All Students, Postdoctoral Scholars by Application Spring quarter
EDGE aims to recruit and retain outstanding doctoral students who will contribute to the diversity of their academic fields and degree programs.
Incoming Doctoral Students by Nomination Winter quarter
RAISE Doctoral Fellowship Program supports doctoral students who are motivated to make positive contributions to their communities and the world through their research and scholarship.
Doctoral Students by Application Winter quarter
Recruitment support provides reimbursement for faculty and degree program efforts to recruit a diverse graduate student population.
Faculty, Departments by Nomination Winter quarter
SCORE Academic Innovation Funds support faculty-led innovations in core areas of graduate education.
Faculty by Application Applications welcome anytime
SPICE funds support graduate students' efforts to build and expand their intellectual communities at Stanford.
All Students by Application Spring quarter