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SPICE: Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement Details

At a Glance

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


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


Application Opens: January 25, 2019 (Preview the 2019 SPICE application) 

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Award Notifications: The week of April 15, 2019