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Programs sponsored by the VPGE office attract graduate students from all over campus and are a great way to experience interdisciplinary learning. The programs listed below also feature interdisciplinary learning as one of their main objectives.


Designing the Professional

Once you get your degree, how do you get a life? What do you want out of life after Stanford? Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful? Then join us for Designing the Professional, offered in several different formats as a program or course.

Developing Your Professional Digital Presence

This interactive series will guide you through the components and steps to creating and strengthening your professional digital presence.

Finding Purpose and Meaning During Challenging Times

Explore the science and art of purpose and practice essential tools for living a life of authenticity, connection, and impact.

Leadership Bootcamp: Communication, Negotiation, and Influence

Enhance your leadership skills by learning how to effectively navigate negotiations and difficult conversations.

Meditation: Good for More Than Getting More Done

An overview of the science of meditation, highlight various forms and practices of meditation, and explore the practical how of implementing a meditation practice that works for you.

Stanford Ignite

Got innovation? Learn how to formulate, develop, and commercialize your ideas with Stanford Ignite. Led by the Graduate School of Business, Stanford Ignite is a certificate program that provides the business fundamentals necessary to succeed at any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial venture.

VPGE Pop-Ups

Staff and faculty can invite VPGE to present a professional development workshop to your graduate students.

Fellowships and Funding

Fellowships Eligibility Process Application Period

DIF: Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds

DIF is a program that supports Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the development of a project that will advance diversity within those populations. Learn More
All Students, Postdoctoral Scholars by Application Spring quarter

RAISE: Research, Action, and Impact through Strategic Engagement Doctoral Fellowship

The RAISE Doctoral Fellowship Program supports doctoral students who are motivated to make positive contributions to their communities and the world. Learn More
Doctoral Students by Application Winter quarter

SCORE (Strengthening the Core) Academic Innovation Funds

SCORE Academic Innovation Funds support faculty-led innovations in core areas of graduate education. Learn More
Faculty by Application No deadline; applications accepted anytime.

SIGF: Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship

SIGF supports doctoral students whose research crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Learn More
Doctoral Students by Application Winter quarter

SPICE: Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement

SPICE funds support graduate students' efforts to build and expand their intellectual communities at Stanford. Learn More
All Students by Application The annual cycle for AY2024-25 is open now.