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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.
by Application
Eligibility: Doctoral Students
Nomination Period: Winter quarter
Duration: Three years
Amount Awarded: One quarter of full tuition and stipend per year for each of three years


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The RAISE (Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement) Doctoral Fellowship Program supports doctoral students who are motivated to make positive contributions to their communities and the world. In alignment with Stanford’s commitment to purposeful engagement and impact, the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship provides students with funding to support experiential learning opportunities, coupled with cohort-based skills training and community building to better engage communities and create social change. 

In its pilot phase, the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship will support cohorts of twenty students per year. First and second year students enrolled in a doctoral degree program in all seven schools are eligible to apply. Projects can be either related to students' dissertations or a separate community engaged project that is not related to research. RAISE Fellows will be selected each Spring Quarter to begin their fellowship in the fall of the following year.

The RAISE Doctoral Fellowship includes:

  • Stipend and graduate tuition (8-10 units or TGR) for 1 quarter for each of the three years, for a total of 3 quarters of fellowship support

  • $9,000 in project funding to help cover travel and expenses related to the experiential learning component of RAISE

  • Structured workshops to support community-engaged and impact-focused projects and research

  • Professional development to prepare doctoral students for community and public impact in their career choices

  • Cohort-based community building and support

  • Choice to earn course credits through RAISE project work

  • Additional mentorship from the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship Director, Stanford faculty mentors, advanced graduate student mentors, and alumni

In addition to VPGE, key campus partners in the development and implementation of the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship include the Haas Center for Public Service and Stanford Impact Labs. Read the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship announcement in the Stanford Report.

Read more Application Information and get your questions answered with these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Nominations Process:

Applications are sought from doctoral students in Stanford’s seven schools who will be entering their second or third year of their doctoral program in the fall quarter after applying. 

Application Opens: January 17, 2024

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials are submitted before the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Award Notifications: May 2024

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend an informational session in winter quarter to learn about the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship’s goals and expectations, the application process, and selection criteria.

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Applications have closed for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

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