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DARE: Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence

DARE Doctoral Fellowship

The DARE Doctoral Fellowship prepares students from diverse backgrounds to pursue and succeed in academic careers.
by Application
Eligibility: Doctoral Students
Application Period: Winter quarter
Duration: Two years
Amount Awarded: Quarterly stipend and TGR tuition


The DARE Doctoral Fellowship Program awards two-year fellowships to advanced Stanford doctoral students who want to investigate and prepare for academic careers and whose presence will help diversify the professoriate.

Stanford’s commitment to diversity is broadly conceived. It includes, but is not limited to:

  • Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities
  • First-generation college students
  • Women in fields such as natural science and engineering
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students
  • Students with disabilities
  • Others whose backgrounds and experiences would diversify the professoriate in their academic fields.

The DARE Program's objectives are to better prepare students from diverse backgrounds for academic careers and to have them, at the same time, enrich the educational experiences of others. Thus, the program expands the academic “pipeline” in two ways.

DARE was initially created as a four-year pilot program for three cohorts of students on two-year fellowships. The first cohort of DARE Fellows was selected in spring 2008.


DARE Doctoral Fellowships include:

  • Stipend and TGR tuition. An annual stipend and TGR tuition for two 4-quarter academic years beginning autumn quarter. The 2023-24 stipend is set at $52,920 annually, $13,230 per quarter.
  • Structured seminars and professional development modules to investigate and prepare for academic careers.
  • Mentorship with a Stanford faculty member in addition to the dissertation advisor.
  • Projects to enhance the diversity of Stanford’s graduate student population, and to enrich the educational experience of the student community.
  • Recruiting trips to talk about fellows' research and encourage promising undergraduates to apply to graduate school.

A printer friendly version of DARE overview (PDF) is available

How to Apply:

Applications are sought from Stanford doctoral students from all degree programs and fields. Please review the application instructions and FAQs to learn more about program details, eligibility, and the selection process.

Application information will be available in January each year. All materials, including letter of support and assessment from the primary advisor, must be submitted electronically.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn about the program's goals and expectations, the application process, and selection criteria.

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