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SPICE: Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement Details

At a Glance

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


Update: The SPICE deadline has been extended from May 13th to June 30th. We hope the extended time will give us all a better understanding of AY 2020-21 and will also help you when planning and submitting your proposals for the coming year. Given our extended timeline, we hope to get announcements out by the end of July- plan accordingly when re-submitting your applications.

Given university-wide budget constraints as a result of COVID-19, final amounts awarded could be lower than prior years. Please take this into consideration when constructing your budgets. Please also consider how you might utilize virtual/online resources in the event that in-person gatherings are not possible during AY 2020-21.

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 Opens: March 30, 2020

Application Deadline: June 30, 2020

Award Notifications: To be determined.