A message to the Directors of Graduate Admissions (January 2018):
Dear Faculty Directors of Graduate Admissions,
Thank you for supporting our graduate students and for leading graduate admissions in your department or program. This email contains three lists that are valuable for recruiting prospective students.
First, at a conceptual level, many departments find it compelling to cite Stanford’s distinctive university resources and opportunities:
Faculty and Graduate Student Peers
- Academic excellence in research and teaching
- Shared mindset of intellectual exploration and innovation
- Substantial investments in graduate students within and beyond departments
- Graduate education is in all seven schools, in close proximity and open to all
- One university community of diverse scholars that enhances the vitality of education and sense of belonging at Stanford
- University subsidized housing for 6,000+ (over 64%) graduate students (plus their non-student dependents), including family-friendly housing
Central resources to supplement PhD programs
- Abundance of outstanding resources for graduate students’ professional growth and career development, which supplement departmental resources
- Prestigious University-wide doctoral fellowships (e.g., SGF, EDGE, CCSRE, SIGF, DARE)
- New investments in innovative teaching, learning and technology, which concurrently inspire our students to develop teaching skills
Welcoming and Inclusive Community
- Faculty and staff who genuinely support and mentor graduate students
- Shared commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion (e.g., funds for community-building, travel funds, GRAD Diversity Day, innovation funds, vibrant community, cultural, and ethnic centers as well as university-wide Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds)
- Why Stanford flyer: highlights our distinctive resources for advancing diversity, interdisciplinary learning and academic innovation at Stanford, as well as resources for professional development. (download PDF)
- VPGE Brochure: informs prospective students about resources and opportunities that enhance their graduate studies. (download PDF)
- Grad Gateway postcard: connects students to the Gateway for New Graduate Students, which provides information for their transition to Stanford, collected on one webpage. (download PDF) Prospective students will also find an abundance of information on the VPGE website.
Thank you again for your dedicated contributions to graduate education so that our students have the best possible educational experiences.
Best wishes for a successful admissions cycle,
Patricia J. Gumport
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs
cc: Directors of Graduate Admissions
Student Services Administrators
Assistant/Associate Deans for Graduate Study
1. Doctoral Admissions Resources & Fellowships for New Admits
- Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Day (GRAD Diversity Day) March 16, 2018 Participating Schools are Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; Engineering; Humanities and Sciences; Graduate School of Education; and Graduate School of Business. Contact email@example.com or your School’s diversity officer.
- CCSRE-GF (Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity Graduate Fellowships) DEADLINE: March 8, 2018 This three-year fellowship will be offered to incoming doctoral students with research interests aligned with those of faculty affiliated with the Center.
- EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) Doctoral Fellowship Program Provides financial enhancements and professional development opportunities that support the recruitment and success of students from diverse backgrounds. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your School’s diversity officer.
- SGF (Stanford Graduate Fellowships Program) Information about the nomination process has been shared with School and department staff.
- Diversity Travel Funds (download instructions: Stanford faculty and staff with SUNetID only) Up to $500 per applicant are available to defray the cost of campus visits for prospective doctoral students who will enhance diversity in Stanford doctoral programs.
2. Graduate Student Funding Opportunities for Current Students
- SIGF (Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship) DEADLINE: February 26, 2018
- DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Doctoral Fellowship Program Application Opens: February 1, 2018
- SPICE (Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement) Innovation Funds DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
- DIF (Diversity Innovation Funds) Application Open
- DDRO (Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity) Funds Application Opens: March 5, 2018
3. Professional Development Programs for Graduate Students
The VPGE office partners with schools, departments, and many other units on campus to offer workshops and experiences for students to build their academic and professional skills.