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Stanford Graduate Summer Institute

About SGSI

SGSI courses offer a unique opportunity for broad, cross-disciplinary learning, catalyzing new connections among students and postdocs across the entire Stanford community. Since its inauguration in 2006, SGSI has had more than 2,000 participants.

Application requires Stanford Unversity Network ID and password. 


Watch a slideshow of 2013 SGSI Courses

When is SGSI?

SGSI takes place in September, two weeks before Autumn quarter starts. Ideally, students can immerse themselves in these learning experiences without the typical academic year pressures. Course schedules vary but most meet for half days, Monday through Friday. Due to the interactive design of courses, students must be able to commit to full participation.

Do the courses offer credit or have any fees?

SGSI courses are free (except Stanford Ignite) and do not offer grades or credit. Courses will not show up on your transcript, though you may want to list them on your resume or curriculum vitae as a professional or educational experience.

Who can apply?

Courses are open to all current and incoming Stanford graduate students who will be registered in Autumn quarter 2014. Unless otherwise indicated, postdoctoral fellows are welcome to apply to any of the SGSI courses and will be accepted on a "space-available" basis. Certain courses, such as the Energy@Stanford & SLAC and the Stanford Entrepreneurship Safari, are designed to expose incoming graduate students to Stanford resources, but more advanced students and postdocs are welcome to apply.

How do I select which courses to apply to? Are there any prerequisites?

You can only take one course at a time, so you should carefully select courses that best match your interests and schedule. SGSI courses are designed to appeal to a broad, multi-disciplinary group of students and thus have no explicit prerequisites.

How do I apply?

SGSI application requires a Stanford University Network ID (SUNet ID) and password to begin your application. If you are an incoming student, please visit to set up your SUNet ID. Read through the course descriptions and click on the Apply button to begin the brief application. You will be asked to select your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices and to describe your interest in each course.

The priority application deadline is Friday, May 9.

Faculty will begin reviewing applications and selecting students immediately after the priority deadline.  You will be notified about which course(s) you’ve been selected for by early June and will have until June 14 to confirm your participation by submitting a $100 deposit, which will only be cashed if you do not participate or cancel in advance.

For any additional questions, please email