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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: We are optimistic that in-person programming will be permitted during the 2021-22 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 degree program. When students are intellectually engaged with many other members of their degree program, they are more likely to learn and grow. All members benefit when a vibrant intellectual community is an explicit part of the degree program’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 degree program or many degree programs.

SPICE funds support graduate (master’s, doctoral, or professional) student initiatives that develop activities to expand the intellectual community of their degree program or many degree 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 29, 2021

Application Deadline: June 13, 2021

Award Notifications: July 2021


Angie Hawkins
Associate Director of Educational Programs