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

At a Glance

by Application
Doctoral Students
Application Period: 
Winter quarter
Three years
Amount Awarded: 
One quarter stipend and tuition per year (25%)


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 through their research and scholarship. 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 connect their research to action and impact. 

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. The first cohort of RAISE Fellows will be selected in Spring quarter 2022, to begin their fellowship in 2022-23. As a new fellowship that provides partial funding, RAISE has the potential to expand and scale quickly to support more students who are motivated to have positive social impact.

The RAISE Doctoral Fellowship includes:

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

  • Funding to help cover travel and project expenses related to the experiential learning component of RAISE

  • Supported experiential learning opportunity

  • Structured workshops and professional development modules to investigate and prepare for impact-focused research and public impact careers

  • Cohort-based community building and support

  • Mentorship with the RAISE Doctoral Fellowship Director and Stanford faculty, in addition to the dissertation advisor

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).

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How To Apply

Applications are sought from Stanford doctoral students in Stanford’s seven schools who will be entering their second or third year of their doctoral program in the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Application Opens: January 18, 2022

Application Deadline: March 23, 2022

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

Award Notifications: May 2022

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.

RAISE Related Events

There are no upcoming events for this fellowship.