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For Directors of Graduate Admissions

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New School of Engineering students meet at the President's Reception during New Graduate Student Orientation.

For Faculty Directors of Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your continued dedication to graduate education at Stanford and your adaptability as you continue to support our faculty and students in this admission season. Below, please find important information and resources to support the success of your admissions cycle.

Thank you again for your dedication to ensuring that our students have the best possible educational experiences.
Best wishes for a successful admissions season.


Graduate Admissions: Information and Resources from VPGE
1. 2022-23 Stipend for VPGE-Administered Fellowships
The 2022-23 stipend for VPGE-administered fellowships is set at $50,400 annually, $12,600 per quarter.

2. Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Community of Graduate Students
In October 2020, the provost announced the rollout of the IDEAL Graduate Recruitment Faculty & Administrator Portal. This portal is designed to empower degree programs’ local ownership and leadership in advancing the IDEAL charge to improve diversity broadly-defined in graduate education. It provides:

  • A curated set of promising practices from throughout the Stanford community, including strategies to improve admissions and persuade admits to attend Stanford

  • Data dashboards showing historical enrollment and admissions data to support long-term planning

  • A set of planning tools to improve future recruitment processes

3. Conveying Stanford’s Distinctive University Resources and Opportunities

Offer letters and other communications with admits provide key opportunities to persuade students that the degree program and the university will support them and are a good fit for them.
To help you make the best use of these opportunities, here are some key attributes of the Stanford community that you can convey in your communications: 

  • “One University”: Graduate education in all seven schools on one campus, creating a vibrant community of diverse scholars and opportunities for collaboration and innovation

  • Welcoming, Excellent, and Inclusive Community 

  • Support for Graduate Student Growth, Development, and Learning 

    • Extensive central university resources to support graduate students’ professional growthcareer development, and well-being

    • Prestigious university-funded doctoral fellowships (e.g., SGF, EDGE, CCSRE, SIGF, DARE, ARCS, Lieberman, Zhang, and the new RAISE Doctoral Fellowship) 

Here are some VPGE resources you can use for recruitment communications: 

  • Offer letters: the IDEAL Portal includes a module with tips for constructing clear and persuasive offer letters, particularly for students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Why Stanford flyer: highlights our distinctive resources for advancing diversity, interdisciplinary learning, and academic innovation at Stanford, as well as resources for professional development (view online).

  • VPGE brochure: informs prospective students about resources and opportunities that enhance their graduate studies (view online).

  • Grad Gateway postcard: connects students to the Gateway for New Graduate Students, which provides information for their transition to Stanford, collected on one webpage (view online).

  • VPGE Website: Prospective students will also find an abundance of information on the VPGE website.

4. Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Day (GRAD Diversity Day)
Virtual GRAD Diversity Day (March 11, 2022) is an important opportunity for prospective students from diverse backgrounds who have applied to Stanford to visit campus (virtually) and see how they would fit at Stanford. Participating schools are Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; Engineering; Humanities and Sciences; Graduate School of Education; and Graduate School of Business. Contact or your school’s diversity officer.
5. Graduate Student Fellowships for New Admits 

6. Graduate Student Funding Opportunities for Current Students 

By Student Application

By Nomination from School Dean’s Office - Information about the nomination process will be shared with school staff on February 1, 2022.

7. Professional Development Programs for Graduate Students

The VPGE office partners with schools, degree programs, and many other units on campus to offer workshops and experiences for students to build their academic and professional skills.