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SPICE: Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement Details

At a Glance

by Application
Eligibility: 
All Students
Application Period: 
Spring Quarter
Duration: 
One year
Amount Awarded: 
Up to $5,000

About

Update: We are cautiously optimistic that some form of in-person programming will be permitted at some point during the 2021-2022 academic year. We cannot make any guarantees, of course, but we will work with groups to ensure that they have funds needed to complete SPICE projects within the allowable public health and university guidelines.

Review the SPICE Overview and Application Guidelines.

Most graduate students' educational experiences take place primarily in the department or program that grants their degree. When students are intellectually engaged with many other members of their department, they are more likely to learn and grow. All members benefit when a vibrant intellectual community is an explicit part of the department’s culture.

Interdisciplinary inquiry and cross-departmental multidisciplinary conversations are a hallmark of graduate studies at Stanford. When intellectual communities include perspectives from many fields and paradigms of inquiry, knowledge advances in unexpected ways. 

Students do not need to wait for intellectual communities to be developed for them. They can be energetic agents who create activities that enhance the academic life of their department or many departments.

SPICE funds support graduate (master’s, doctoral, or professional) student initiatives that develop activities to expand the intellectual community of their department or program or many departments and programs.

SPICE application:

  • must be led by graduate students
  • put ideas and debate at their center
  • involve graduate students across subfields and at different stages in their studies
  • preferably should offer a comprehensive set of activities

The SPICE application opens in Spring Quarter. The first group of SPICE awards were made in Spring 2008. Both department-based and interdisciplinary SPICE applications are encouraged.

Application

Application Opens: March 29, 2021

Application Deadline: June 13, 2021

Award Notifications: July 2021

Contact

Angie Hawkins
Associate Director of Educational Programs